Easter billboard defaced

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The church St. Matthew-in-the-City (Auckland, New Zealand) seems to enjoy tweaking some people's sensibilities, and their Easter billboard is a great example:

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Not everyone liked that message, though:

Sometime between 8am and 10am on Holy Saturday someone chose to deface the billboard with the citation Jn 3:16. At least they understood why this billboard was probably more controversial than our Christmas one.

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As discussed in this New Zealand Herald story (h/t: Candace Chellew-Hodge at Religion Dispatches):

"Clearly they objected to the theology on the billboard because they wrote John 3:16 on it, which they feel is their response to the billboard.

"This is a quote from the gospel of John which says God gave his only son for the salvation of everyone. It's a view of what happened on the cross after Easter.

Our billboard shows Jesus before Easter. Some Christians believe Jesus knew what was going to happen to him in advance, but we disagree with that. That's what the vandals were objecting to."

Do they not have a means of objection other than vandalization?

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