It has been amazing to see the intolerance on display by some extremist Christians. They have applauded the destruction of a church's private property, because they don't like the message on display.
It is only a small way removed from the Islamic extremists who burnt down an Embassy, because they didn't like the cartoons of a newspaper in a country. Of course that was a more extreme act, but what they have in common is both sets of people think their God allows them to break the law to try and suppress a message or image they do not approve of. It is the thin end of theocratic rule.
There are many legitimate ways people could take action against the billboard of St Matthew-in-the-City. They include:
- Complain to the Advertising Standards Authority (as Family First did)
- Protest outside St Matthews
- Put up your own billboard with an alternative message
- Lobby for the leadership of St Matthews to be disciplined or sacked by the church hierarchy (if possible)
- Try and have the entire parish booted out of the anglican Church
But instead the nutters have won, with their campaign of destruction:
After the latest attack, by an elderly woman with a knife last night, the church said the billboard would not be replaced.
The Vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City, Glynn Cardy, said the billboard was “attacked by a knife-wielding Christian fanatic who was then apprehended by a group of homeless people who care about our church. Later in the evening another group of fanatics ripped it down.
I wonder how the fanatics would feel if someone threw bricks through all the windows at their local church, because someone doesn't like their message.
It isn't far removed from the morons who vandalise Jewish graves because they don't like Judaism.
There is no right in new zealand not to be offended by a religious message. If you are offended, then tough. Either take action under the law, or lump it. But you do not have the right to destroy private property of a church, because you are offended by their message.
But for all those who cheer on the extremists and vandals, well don't cry out for sympathy when the same happens to your church. I mean if the Catholic Church beatifies Pope Pius XII, then it must be legitimate for Jewish activists to vandalise Catholic cathedrals to protest such an offensive move (Pius XII refused to publicly condemn the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews), if you think it is legitimate for Christian activists to vandalise St Matthews billboard.