Tonight'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...