Tuesday, May 31, 2011

AUSTRALIA: BISHOP CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF BILLBOARDS

CATH NEWS REPORT: Bishop Julian Porteous has criticised as "provocative and offensive" billboards by a Muslim group that calls Jesus a prophet, said an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald.


"In Australia with its Christian heritage a billboard carrying the statement 'Jesus A prophet of Islam' is provocative and offensive to Christians.""He is the Son of God. He is acclaimed Lord and Saviour of humanity," Bishop Porteous, the auxiliary bishop of Sydney, said.

Bishop Porteous is calling for the billboards, erected late last week in Darlinghurst, Rozelle and Rosehill in Sydney by a group called MyPeace, to be removed.

"The campaign organisers profess the billboard advertisements are to inform but in effect they have provoked a response reflected in the vandalism we saw at the weekend," he said.

The group had said it wants to encourage Christians and Muslims to find common ground by raising awareness that Islam believed in Jesus Christ.

http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=26620

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