Church's controversial anti-Trump Easter billboard stolen from Remuera, Auckland.

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St Luke's Remuera minister Glynn Cardy's original view on the church's anti-Trump billboard, before it was stolen.

A church in Auckland has had its controversial Easter billboard - featuring Donald Trump, Jesus and a crucifix - stolen in broad daylight.

The billboard depicted the US Republican frontrunner for presidential candidate in front of the crucified Jesus with a mallet and a speech bubble saying: "I don't like losers."

It was stolen from outside St Luke's Church in Remuera, the day before Good Friday while the minister, Rev Glynn Cardy, was inside church conducting a funeral service.

The anti-Trump billboard outside St Luke's church in Remuera, was stolen the day before Good Friday.
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The anti-Trump billboard outside St Luke's church in Remuera, was stolen the day before Good Friday.

Cardy said he was not sure whether the thieves stole it because they really liked it or disagreed with it. 

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"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," Cardy said.

"It is disappointing that someone decided to break the law and steal something that was stimulating a meaningful discussion in our community about the meaning of Easter." 

The billboard was erected outside the Remuera church for the beginning of Lent on March 3.

At the time, Cardy said Christ would have been considered a "loser" by people like Trump these days.

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"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," Cardy said.

Cardy said the thieves took the whole board, leaving only two poles in the ground.  

St Luke's said it would replace the billboard after the church's Easter Sunday celebrations, and intended to keep the billboard up as long as the issue of Trump's candidacy remained undecided.

 

 - Stuff

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