Auckland church puts up anti-Trump Easter billboard
Donald Trump has been pictured crucifying Jesus Christ in a hard-hitting campaign against him by an Auckland church.
St Luke's in Remuera has put up an Easter-themed cartoon which aims to show how Trump's views contradict the messages of Jesus Christ.
The cartoon image depicts the Republican presidential hopeful holding a hammer in his hand while looking at Christ nailed to the cross.
"I don't like losers," he declares.
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St Luke's minister Glynn Cardy said Christ would have been considered a "loser" by the Trumps of his day.
"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.
"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."
Trump's comments about Muslims, Mexicans and women were offensive to Christianity, Cardy said.
"For those of us at St Luke's, the cross is about politics. 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.
"I hope that voters in the US will see Trump's message for what it is, and not make him a nominee for their highest office," Cardy said.
The billboard will stay up throughout the church's Lenten and Easter season, and as long as the issue of Trump's candidacy remains undecided.