Something tells me that this would end up on AFA’s “naughty” list. St. Matthew in the City is a progressive Anglican church in Aukland, NZ. According to them:

St Matthews-in-the-City has raised their new billboard outside the
church. “This year we invited discussion and debate on the sexual
orientation of Jesus” say St Matthew’s clergy Rev Glynn Cardy and Rev
Clay Nelson.

The billboard depicts the Baby Jesus in his crib with a halo of rainbow
colours. For Clay Nelson it presents the challenge to think about Jesus
as fully human whose growing up would have involved the same range of
character possibilities, and even sexuality, as the rest of us. “Some
scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay” says
Nelson. “But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it
matter?”

Cardy asks what Jesus would have said about New Zealand’s current
debate on gay marriage. “There is almost nothing in the record of his
teachings about sexuality while there is plenty about the perils of
being rich. Certainly he always supported the marginalized in society”.

St Matthew’s billboard has something of an international reputation.
Last year its exposure on Facebook had a reach of over 21 million,
brought 30,000 visits to St Matthew’s website in a week and was featured
internationally in blogs, internet news sites including the Huffington
Post, newspapers, TV news and talk shows, as well as talk back radio.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.