5 Apr 2010

Defaced Easter billboard to remain 'as statement'

7:12 am on 5 April 2010

An Auckland church whose Easter billboard was vandalised after just a few days plans to let the graffiti-sprayed hoarding remain for now, as a statement against religious intolerance.

The billboard hoarding at St Matthew in the City in Federal Street was put up on Thursday. It featured a cartoon Jesus nailed to the cross, pondering his legacy.

Church spokesperson, Clay Nelson, says graffiti, including biblical scripture, was scrawled on the hoarding on Saturday morning.

"We have to work on an alternative, and we'll put it up as soon as we can, but in the mean time we'll let the defacing speak," he says.

"It speaks to the fact that intolerance in religion is one of the things that kills religion.'

Another of the church's billboards was defaced several times at Christmas. It showed a picture of Mary and Joseph in bed with the words: "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow."