This billboard, which depicts Mary and Joseph lying in bed together, was created by an Auckland Anglican Church. The church said the poster was made to provoke thought about the origin of Christmas.
The Auckland Anglican Church also had this poster put up. Here the Virgin Mary looks shocked over a positive pregnancy test.
Their billboards have sparked not only thought but some controversy in the Catholic community. Arthur Skinner, a member of the Catholic church in New Zealand, slashed the poster and accused the Anglican church of being heretics.
What I find most interesting about these posters is that they are not your typical Christmas depiction. They depict the story of the bible in a literal way while using subtle humor to engage viewers.
A: No, I don’t believe parents should teach their children that they are going to suffer and be damned to hell. I agree with freedom of religion and freedom of expression but there is a difference between a freedom and a right. A freedom is a privilege and if you harm someone (threatening, emotionally harming someone by saying that they will go to hell) it is no longer acceptable. In my opinion it is harmful to teach children that certain actions they do can condemn them forever. It causes lots of anxiety, guilt and stress that is really damaging in the long run. As a child I grew up in a religious environment and I had a lot of fear and guilt associated with my religion, so I know the result of teaching children about hell. It is only putting large amounts of pressure and fear onto a child, which in my opinion is a form of emotional abuse, because making someone fear for their life (or in this case afterlife) is injurious to that person’s well being.
An anti-choice activist group has created a movie which compares abortion to the Holocaust. If this wasn’t already bad enough, the group has now taken to lobbying for their film to be played in high schools.
The film, called 180, is being promoted as “an award-winning documentary”, which is meant to educate children about the horrors of the 1940’s genocide.
Comfort, the creator of this film, makes no distinction between abortion and the Holocaust, which is disturbing, to say the least. Sadly, the film has gone viral and has reached nearly 1.5 million views thus far. And according to The Christian Post, “members of the First Baptist Church of Trenton, Florida … displayed next to a busy highway, four white banners on the corners boldly state ’4000 Babies Murdered Each Day – Each Cross = One Child Each Day.’”
“On the bottom of the banners the ’180′ website address is printed: ‘www.180movie.com,’”.
It is disturbing to see just how far the religious are willing to go, to push their propaganda and agendas onto innocent people, children especially. Youth are especially vulnerable and are most damaged by this kind of misinformation, because they will be confused about their reproductive rights as well as historical events.
“The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature
I believe our future depends powerfully
On how well we understand this cosmos
In which we float like a mote of dust
In the morning sky”
This amazing artist on Youtube called melodysheep has created a tribute to the great cosmologists Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. Take a listen and feel wonder and awe for our cosmos. Sounds like heaven to me.
- A tattoo of Darwin’s finches
When Charles Darwin went to the Galapagos Islands, he discovered that the island was inhabited by thirteen species of finch birds. Amazingly, these finches all evolved from the same single species. Each finch has adapted to it’s environment and has unique specializations. The specializations can be seen in the shape and size of the bird’s beaks. For example, some finches are adapted for flowers only, seeds only, and others for insects. Darwin’s finches are an excellent and very easy to understand example of how evolution works. Though he didn’t know it at the time, his discovery changed the world of science and religion forever.
In Darwin’s memoir, The Voyage of The Beagle, Darwin wrote, “One might really fancy that, from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends.”
- Artistic interpretation of Darwin’s finches
It was midnight. I was sitting in the backseat of my mother’s car, and we were driving on a small country road in Northern Ontario. My window was open, allowing the summer night breeze to blow through my hair as I lay my head on the side of the car. I was letting my hand out of the window as though it was a bird soaring through the air, when my mom turned around to smile at me. She stopped the car and said, “We’re going to look at the stars.”
The air was chilly, so I stepped outside with my sweater wrapped around me. Looking up, the sky took my breath away. It was a vast and wondrous expanse, dazzling with the most luminous stars I had ever seen in my life. The thin crescent moon glowed with a faint white light. I was chilled to the bone, but not by the cold air. The vastness and beauty of space had opened my eyes that night. We can’t be the only beings out there. Why would we, such small creatures, on such a tiny planet, be of so much importance? I thought silently to myself. I knew then and there that such a seemingly infinite universe could not possibly have been created by a god written in a book by humans.