Vegetarian Jesus billboard causes Florida stir

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2003

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) Christian and Jewish clergy say a billboard promoting vegetarianism by claiming Jesus was the prince of peas'' is sacrilegious, not to mention historically inaccurate.

The billboard, which shows Jesus with an orange slice in place of a halo, was displayed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to coincide with Easter and Passover, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

The Rev. Paul H. Welch of the First Pentecostal Church, said they are dishonoring the Lord.'' And Rabbi David Ostrich, himself a vegetarian, said the historical claim was false because Jesus was a meat eater and would have had a lamb meal at Passover like other Jews of his time.

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