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God's Divine Sperm? Lib Church Shakes Up Story of Jesus' Birth

"Poor Joseph. God is a tough act to follow."
 
 
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A progressive New Zealand Church wants you to know that not all Christians are lame. To that end, they've put up a billboard displaying a post-coital Mary gazing longingly at the sky (that's where God lives), while Joseph lays next to her looking dejected. It reads "Poor Joseph. God was a tough act to follow."

The purpose of the billboard, according to St. Matthew's  website , is to highlight the absurdity of literal Biblical interpretation. "The Christmas billboard outside St Matthew-in-the-City lampoons literalism and invites people to think again about what a miracle is. Is the miracle a male God sending forth his divine sperm, or is the miracle that God is and always has been among the poor?" writes Vicar Glynn Cardy.

Here's the billboard:

Tana Ganeva is an AlterNet editor. Follow her on Twitter.