Bicycles used by an evangelical group to put fear of eternal damnation into the good folk of Melbourne have attracted the attention of Pastarian I G McSporran, pictured above, who decided to wage war on the hellfire messages with posters of his own.
McSporran is quoted as saying in this report:
Someone is stealing a public resource to promote a religious ideology. It’s simply wrong. They’re a cancer on our city, just horrible things.
That “someone” is a religiot who asked to identified only as “Barry”. He says he belongs to what he claims is a small collective of unseen evangelists.
“Barry” disputes that the displays are a misuse of bike racks.
McSporran began his anti-Barry crusade simply as a means of promoting a crowdfunding campaign for his custom-made wearable colanders, and almost immediately got labelled as a hero by online fans fed up with seeing the religious slogans around the city.
I spoke to one nice man at the council and he just said he’d like to see them moved [around the city] more often. They were rideable when I first took them to the city … We have as much right as anyone else to park at a public bike rack.
I’m taking the force of the key words and trying to make them into something amusing. I’m satirising it. I don’t want to be disparaging or offend anybody.
Despite the attention he’s getting for his efforts, he expressed no interest in speaking to cycle evangelist “Barry” face-to-face.
I imagine that his mind is like his locks – reinforced with concrete.
He was alluding to that fact that “Barry” fuses the bikes to public bike racks with homemade locks.
Any time one of the bikes is removed by the authorities another one pops up overnight. There are about 12 locked to public racks at any one time.
I can’t imagine why the council continues to allow this to happen.
Despite the contact details displayed on many of the placards, City of Melbourne Senior Media Advisor David King said it was difficult to determine the owners of bicycles.
It is not possible for Council to fine people for illegitimate bike hoop parking. Council will take steps to remove any bike that is deemed unrideable or parked for illegitimate purposes from our bike hoops once we are made aware.