Picture of the Virgin Mary with a...

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... positive pregnancy test! Yup, I saw this today and had to share with you ladies. Click the link for a picture...



http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/bil...



A controversial new billboard shows the Virgin Mary holding a pregnancy test with a "positive" reading.



The billboard, called "Mary is in the pink," was purchased by the St. Matthews-in-the-City Church in Auckland, New Zealand. The church says the billboard featuring the revered religious figure aimed to "avoid the sentimental [and] trite" and "spark thought and conversation." It bears no text.



This billboard is only the latest in a string of provocative, holiday-themed billboards for the church, according to local TV station 3 News. In 2009, they ran another Christmas billboard featuring Mary and Joseph in bed with the tagline, "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow."



Vicar Glynn Cardy said that this year St. Matthews wanted to focus on what it was like for a real mother with a real child. "It's about a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child. It's about real anxiety, courage and hope."



On the church's website, St. Matthews says the lack of text on the billboard is intended to provoke thought: "We hope to do so with an image and no words. We invite you to wonder what your caption might be."



The billboard will stay up until Christmas Day.



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"'In 2009, they ran another Christmas billboard featuring Mary and Joseph in bed with the tagline, "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow."'

Wow! I made a video on youtube about that exact same topic years ago. I was also questioning how exactly anyone knew she was a virgin. What kind of interview would that have to be? (impious giggling) Has anyone heard the midrash from the Gospel of Thomas about the midwife who 'checked' for Mary's hymen? Look it up.

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ROFLMAO! Damn, that's hilarious! Next you need her on Maury. "Joseph. You are NOT the father!"

Hope - posted on 12/15/2011

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I am a Christian and I don't see what the big deal is. To me this poster is reminding the over religious that Mary was only human and that was shocked and did question the angel that told her she was to have Gods child. It reminds me that that only difference between me and Mary is her ability, even in a hard situation like that, to obey God and follow his path. Also that it is ok to have that initial are you for really God moment but still be able to step forward and do His will.

Tam - posted on 12/15/2011

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I'll admit, it made me giggle a little bit.

But beyond that, it just got a 'meh' and a shrug. For a pregnancy awareness ad, it sure stands a good chance of getting people up in arms over something harmless.

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I agree Debb. I kind of think the pregnancy test one is a bit 'cute', but Mary and Joseph in bed w/ that line is IMO way over the line and inappropriate.

[deleted account]

So, this is the part of the article that really got me,

'In 2009, they ran another Christmas billboard featuring Mary and Joseph in bed with the tagline, "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow."'

Uhhhh...that's kinda gross - also not something I'd like to explain to my son while driving down the road. How weird.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/15/2011

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Didn't you take like 10 pregnancy tests once you saw the positive??? Every time I saw it still positive, I went cold.

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If god told her she was going to conceive a child, why would she need a pregnancy test anyway?

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