This is the world in which the New Testament was written.
"Glitter is a spark of life and hope."
"The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" is not pornography and shows no more nudity or violence than a standard Stations of the Cross. Sometimes Facebook blocked its ads for being too "shocking" or "scary," and other times they banned the ad as porn. Queer Christianity seems to scare the censors at Facebook
Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," a controversial series of paintings. The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.
A few years ago I was introduced to the concept of queer theology. I was inspired to share some of what I've learned from one of my favorite queer theologians, Peterson Toscano, in poem form.
Over the past 10 years I have found myself doing two things over and over again: Coming out and having conversations about the so-called "clobber passages" relating to homosexuality and the Bible. I have grown weary of those conversations.
I wrote the following Rainbow Christ Payer with gay theologian Patrick Cheng for LGBT Pride Month. The prayer matches the colors of the rainbow flag with the seven models of the queer Christ. Each color also corresponds with a universal spiritual principle in LGBT history and culture.
There is black Jesus, Asian Jesus, female "Christa," and now queer Jesus to set people free and heal some of the damage done in Christ's name. Many, including me, see the queer Christ Jesus as a blessing that builds faith by embodying God's wildly inclusive love for all.
The real sin at the Values Voter Summit was not homosexuality or transgender identity but the idolatry of so-called "family values." Speakers exhibited a remarkable disregard for what the Bible and Christian theology actually say about marriage and family values.
Lady Gaga is setting off the Christian right again. In her new video, she sings over and over, "I'm in love with Judas." Is there anything redemptive, theologically speaking, about this song?