An activist group is celebrating a pro-abortion statement they made by hanging a 44-foot banner reading "God Bless Abortions" on a Jesus statue in Arkansas.
Indecline, an artist collective founded in 2001, hung the controversial sign across the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs last Thursday as a "direct response to the dramatic attempts being made in Arkansas and throughout the South, to ban abortion services to women in need."
According to KNWA News, the group disguised themselves as construction workers and then snuck onto the property to hang the banner.
"We think Jesus would understand the concept of a difficult decision," Indecline wrote in an Instagram post. "He supposedly had to make a few of them and understood sacrifice very intimately. The Christ of the Ozarks is visible from miles away, so we just treated it like a billboard."
The group also created "God Bless abortion shirts," with all proceeds going to Arkansas Abortion Support, a non-profit organization that provides clinic escorting and funding for abortions in the state. The apparel, which is featured on Indecline's online merch store, was released in adult and baby sizes.
In a statement to CBN News, a spokesperson for Indecline explained why the group felt inclined to hang the banner.
"Our collective has 20 years of experience with threats stemming from our actions, particularly when the fanatical advocates of the issues we tackle have their feelings hurt. We are happy to accept criminal charges knowing full well that the incompetency of the prosecuting parties will further highlight the importance and effectiveness of the work we do and inspire others to do the same," the spokesperson said.
"We also believe that walking into a Jesus theme park at night and hanging a banner that was removed the following morning is a far cry from the draconian laws Arkansas politicians are pushing on women in need. If people can't see that, they need their moral compass recalibrated."
Meanwhile, the curator of the statue, Randall Christy, expressed distaste for the move and is planning to press charges for trespassing and vandalism.
"Lord help them," he said. "Maybe He'll somehow touch them and make them realize how bad that message really is."
This is not the first time Indecline has vandalized Christian-theme property to advocate for abortion. In March, the activists changed a billboard that reads "Worried? Jesus offers security" to "Planned Parenthood offers abortions."
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.