Please don't feel obliged to watch the whole thing. The last minute is enough. That video was from last year's display. This year, parents phoned and complained to police that the moaning Jesus was upsetting children, and the police responded and closed Jesus down. Thing is, the church couldn't do this demonstration on Good Friday because the whole city shuts down and there would be no shoppers to see Jesus being crucified. What they should have is a big rock that slides back and forth and Jesus pops out and shouts "Ta-Dah!!" and then he rises up via crane over Myers. But where's the shock factor in that?
The newspapers ran this, of course, and some of the comments by the pastor are upsetting. For one she claimed this was a "Silent display" but from watching the video it's obvious it was not a silent display. Today the paper reports that the police apologized for shutting down the display - Why?! Why would the police have to apologize for doing their job?
Even better, they accuse the police of being kinder to gays:
Senior Rev Rory Lennon has attacked the double standards of police who participate in demonstrations supporting gays and lesbians, including Melbourne's Pride March, and did nothing last month to stop World Naked Bike Ride participants' "lewd" behaviour. "The gay mardi gras or parades and things like that, the (police) commissioners walk in those and there were complaints there, but nothing was done," he said.
Well Christians in a predominately christian area doing religious displays aren't as likely to get assaulted, glassed or knifed. As much as they like to think they are still being persecuted, just like Jesus, they really aren't. Not like homosexuals, or even naked bike riders. Although why anyone would want to ride a bike naked, I don't know. The chaffing! But I don't find the human body offensive and I don't care if my kids see naked bodies. Dying, bleeding, agonized suffering - yes I mind that. Happy naked people, not so much.
It's another crazy day Down Under.
Rock and a hard place, there. Scary giant rabbit or the bleeding Jesus. Run kid, RUN!!