Bil Browning

Defacing Jesus is soooo Christian

Filed By Bil Browning | April 23, 2007 11:45 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Living, The Movement, The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: billboard, direct action group, Faith In Action, Indianapolis, Jesus Metropolitan Community Church, JMCC, religion

defacedjmccsign.jpgTonight's inbox brings distressing news about Jesus Metropolitan Community Church's billboard campaign, "Would Jesus Discriminate?" Billboards are being defaced while yard signs are being systematically removed.

You'll remember that the church teamed up with Faith In Action to place 22 billboards around Indianapolis with Bible verses on them that affirmed gays and lesbians. The signs said a small message and quoted a Bible verse for passer-bys to look up later. And while the fundies love to try and shove their interpretation of the Bible down the rest of America's throats, apparently any different views should be considered so dangerous that you can take criminal action to shut them down.

Two billboards were defaced. One (shown - click to enlarge) had "LIE LIE LIE" spraypainted on it, while the other had the word "gay" excised out of "The early church welcomed a gay man. Acts 8:26-40." The second sign has already been repaired. In both cases the vandals would have had to use extension ladders to reach the billboards. Both signs are located in very populated areas.

The church is also distributing thousands of yard signs with the campaign's URL on it as the message - WouldJesusDiscriminate.com On at least four separate occasions, church members putting out the signs have been shadowed by individuals systematically removing the yard signs behind them in an effort to silence the church's question.

"There appears to be some kind of organized effort to suppress our message of hope," says Rev. Jeff Miner, Senior Pastor of JMCC. "But that will only reinforce our determination to go forward. For too long, religious extremists have distorted what the Bible really says about homosexuality. We're taking the Bible back, and religious extremists aren't happy about it."

Because not only would Jesus discriminate apparently, he'd also tag your ass with graffiti and probably steal your shoes too...


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My partner and I have actually been pretty worried about the campaign this time. I pray for the safety of those who are fighting to get this message out.

Zach Adamson | April 24, 2007 9:10 AM

Thanks for this story. Its important for everyone to know whats up with this. We put up 20 yard signs. mostly up Washington, Mich, and New York Sts. A few days later they were gone. I have another stack of 20 but waited this time. I want to have a constant canvas of them going up. Not just all on Sunday. Its good that Clear Channel is willing to repair the defaced signs.. It would be a nice thought if we could send them a note and thank them as Im sure they are getting an ear full from the nut jobs.. Who by the way may dress like Christian missionaries but the similarities end there.. Obviously.
By the way.. Im doing the mutt Strutt on Sunday and have formed a Team for WouldJesusDiscriminate.com.. We'll be wearing the tshirts.. If anyone wants to walk.. join our team at the Humane Society of Indpls website. thanks..

Thanks for the updates. Please keep us posted in regard to these important developments.

Bill

A. J. Lopp | April 24, 2007 1:47 PM

When I was in college at IU-Bloomington in the mid-70's, I helped with a gay group who made posters to advertise the upcoming Gay/Lesbian Halloween Dance. We put the posters of campus kiosks and mounted (with string, not nails) them on trees.

A certain fraternity decided that they had a perfect right to put up copies of a poster publicizing an upcoming event they were hosting ... and just "coincidentally" their posters would be placed directly over our Halloween Dance posters. And when we went around removing the fraternity posters, we were accused of defacing and stealing their posters, and reported to the Student Affairs Office.

My point is that we can expect some creative strategies from these folks. I was steamed then, and I'm steamed now. What steams me is that they think they have a perfect right to do this.

Perhaps our next set of billboards ought to show Jesus saying, "When I say 'Behave with love toward thy neighbor', why are my teachings being vandalized?"

On some of the other sites that have picked this up, they've been debating whether or not the billboard is a distortion of scripture. From the WJD site, "The Greek word that the Roman centurion uses in this passage to describe the sick man - pais - is the same word used in ancient Greek to refer to a same-gender partner."

Zach Adamson | April 24, 2007 11:04 PM

Yes Bil, that is the whole debate. What you have to do, once you establish what is the word we used to translate, is go back in time and find other writings from the same time that used the same word. Then compaire it to the usage in the scripture. After years of doing this, pastor jeff and his co-author have concluded that infact this term Pais is a form of same sex partner. From a period in time when sex partners of every kind were often purchesed. this Servent was his partner. Why else would this Roman go all the way to see Jesus to have him cured. If it was a simple house cleaner or stable boy why? WHY I ASK YOU..!!? Because he love him. This pies was his very much loved boy. In a way that your grandfather called your grandmother "His Girl".
Quote from the website WouldJesusDiscriminte.com.

"The word boy in English offers a rough comparison. Like pais, the word boy can be used to refer to a male child. But in the slave South in the nineteenth century, boy was also often used to refer to male slaves. The term boy can also be used as a term of endearment. For example, Jeff's father often refers to his mother as "his girl." He doesn't mean that she is a child, but rather that she is his "special one." The term boy can be used in the same way, as in "my boy" or "my beau." In ancient Greek, pais had a similar range of meanings.

Thus, when this term was used, the listener had to consider the context of the statement to determine which meaning was intended. Some modern Christians may be tempted to simply declare by fiat that the Gospels could not possibly have used the term pais in the sense of male lover, end of discussion. But that would be yielding to prejudice. We must let the word of God speak for itself, even if it leads us to an uncomfortable destination.

Is it possible the pais referred to in Matthew 8 and Luke 7 was the Roman centurion's male lover? Let's look at the biblical evidence.

Note 20. For an excellent and thorough discussion of the terms pais and entimos doulos in these two gospel accounts, see Donald Mader's article The Entimos Pais of Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10, (Source: Homosexuality and Religion and Philosophy, Harland Publishing, Inc., New York, 1998).
The Bible provides three key pieces of textual and circumstantial evidence. First, in the Luke passage, several additional Greek words are used to describe the one who is sick. Luke says this pais was the centurion's entimos doulos. The word doulos is a generic term for slave, and was never used in ancient Greek to describe a son/boy. Thus, Luke's account rules out the possibility the sick person was the centurion's son; his use of doulos makes clear this was a slave. However, Luke also takes care to indicate this was no ordinary slave. The word entimos means "honored." This was an "honored slave" (entimos doulos) who was his master's pais. Taken together, the three Greek words preclude the possibility the sick person was either the centurion's son or an ordinary slave, leaving only one viable option -- he was his master's male lover
(in my best hillbilly English)
Wouldn't this be a great time to mention how evil them fruits is and how they is goin to hell..!?
Bottom line is, that even if you think this, as well as all the other scriptures that we bring up are not what we say they are, wouldn't you think that Jesus would at least have mentioned how terrible us gays is? Just once.! I mean you would think that Jesus had made his whole existence about them queers the way some people carry on.. But alas.. Its just so easy to hate and it feels so good.. Maybe like the Chantix, you just need to fool the brain to think you are all full of hate and there isnt room for more.. Sigh.. if only..

um...Matthew 8:5-13 talks about a Roman Centurion and his sick servant, not a homosexual. The billboard IS a lie.

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*grins* wow, so much for the message of over-arching love that EVERYONE says the bible possesses huh?

Makes you wonder if all those who discriminate so harshly hate themselves just as much...