A satirical billboard with a cartoon of Jesus’ crucifixion, featuring the ever-controversial Donald Trump, was stolen from outside St Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Auckland on Thursday, the day before Christians remembered the death of Jesus.
The billboard, which was put up for Lent a couple of weeks ago, depicted Trump standing in front of the crucified Jesus, holding a hammer and saying, “I don’t like losers”.
The minister, Rev Glynn Cardy, said he’s not sure whether the thieves stole it because they really like it or they disagree with it.
“Some people don’t like the billboard because they like Donald Trump. Some don’t like the billboard because it infers Jesus was a loser. Whereas others, like myself and those here at the Community of St Luke, see the cartoon as showing that the values and views of people like Mr Trump are completely at odds with those of Jesus.”
He said it is disappointing that someone decided to break the law and steal something that was stimulating a meaningful discussion in the community about the meaning of Easter.
When the billboard was erected, Cardy said in a statement that the cross is about politics for the people at St Luke’s.
“Jesus was killed – violently, publicly and shamefully – because he spoke truth to power and confronted the leaders of his day about their treatment of the outcasts. To the Trumps of his day, and to those who see winners as having money and power, the Jesus of the Bible was a loser who associated with those rejected by society. And he died broke. Jesus had an alternative vision of reality, however. He was a person who sided with minorities and those who were most vulnerable, and it was this that got him killed.”
The church planned to replace the billboard after the its Easter Sunday celebrations of the resurrection of Jesus, and intends to keep it up as long as the issue of Trump’s candidacy remains undecided.