Saturday, December 11, 2010

Baby Jesus 'sonogram' sparks Christmas controversy

From the "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" Department - Great Britain

A Christian churches Christmas ad campaign that shows Jesus as a foetus with a halo in Mary's womb has sparked a controversy.

The sonograph image is part of a Christian campaign to promote the message that the meaning of the Nativity as the birth of Jesus Christ.

Drawn up by charity, the "Ultrasound Jesus" campaign is backed by a number of Christian organisations including the Church of England, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church, the Anglican and the Methodist churches.

But the National Secular Society has criticised the ad saying it achieves the opposite and carries an anti-abortion message.

Terry Sanderson, director of the NSS, said: "The image of this poster is very similar to the ones used by the anti-abortion lobby - in fact when I first saw it that's what I thought it was.

"It may not have been the church's intention to give a political message with this campaign but for many people - particularly women who have had abortions it risks evoking painful memories.

"The church have made a mistake and won't attract more people to church over Christmas.

"It's more likely to put them off."

But the Christian organisations behind it have defended the iconic poster saying it is meant to reinstill the message of the Christmas story.

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