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Wade Hampton III

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Jeezus In Drag!

PostThu Mar 29, 2018 11:03 pm

by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.28 Mar who posted...

The theology program at the Jesuit-run College of the Holy Cross has taken on
a new tone ever since the school appointed a gender-obsessed Chair of New
Testament Studies who claims Jesus was a “drag king,” a new article contends.
Sweet Thaing
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Writing for The Fenwick Review, Elinor Reilly of the Holy Cross class of 2018
argues in a March 26 article that Professor Tat-Siong Benny Liew’s “unconventional
readings of Scripture” have brought “a new theological perspective to Holy Cross.”
Letting the facts speak for themselves, Ms. Reilly suggests that “the centrality
of sex and gender to his way of thinking about the New Testament” significantly
colors the way that Professor Liew presents Jesus Christ to students at the Catholic
College. In a remarkable re-reading of the Bible, Professor Liew has argued that
Jesus is not only “king of Israel” and “king of the Jews,” but “also a drag king,”
as presented in the New Testament Gospel of John. Saint John’s constant references
to Jesus wanting water, giving water, and leaking water “speak to Jesus’ gender
indeterminacy and hence his cross-dressing and other queer desires,” Liew contends.
Reading everything through the lens of gender, Professor Liew finds sex in the most
unlikely places in the life of Jesus. The episode of Jesus washing the apostles’
feet at the Last Supper, for example, is “suggestive,” like “a literary striptease,”
and “even seductive,” because it “shows and withholds at the same time,” he claims.

Liew’s sexualization of the sacred Christian texts goes beyond the reinterpretation
of actions and extends to gender identity as well. For instance, Liew stated that
in his Gospel, Saint John makes very clear that Jesus is a Jew but he is less clear
about “whether Jesus is a biological male.” In passages that would be considered
blasphemous to devout Christians, Liew eroticizes Jesus’ relationship to his disciples
and even to God the Father, proposing that “Jesus himself needs others to cum with
the Father.” This eroticization can be found in Liew’s interpretation of Christ’s
passion and crucifixion as well, which Christians solemnly commemorate during Holy
Week. “What I am suggesting is that, when Jesus’ body is being penetrated, his
thoughts are on his Father. He is, in other words, imagining his passion experience
as a (masochistic?) sexual relation with his own Father,” Liew has written. What
makes the heterodox perspectives of Professor Liew all the more scandalous at this
Jesuit institution is that they are not reserved for some obscure graduate seminar,
but are offered to undergraduates. In his prestigious role as chair of New Testament,
Professor Liew often teaches “New Testament,” the College’s primary New Testament
class. Moreover, the “position and prestige which accompany an endowed chair in
Religious Studies testify to the esteem in which his work is held by the College’s
administration and academic community,” Ms. Reilly observes. “He continues to be
held up as an example and a bold successor to the learned and discerning tradition
of our Catholic and Jesuit College of the Holy Cross.” Professor Liew was appointed
to the endowed Chair of New Testament Studies, a distinguished professorship
associated with the Religious Studies department, in 2013, having taught previously
at the Pacific School of Theology and Chicago Theological Seminary.

The College of the Holy Cross, founded in 1843 and located in Worcester, Massachusetts,
proclaims that its “Jesuit, Catholic identity has remained a constant” throughout
its history, “informing and influencing everything we do.” The Fenwick Review, which
ran Ms. Reilly’s article, is billed as “The Independent Journal of Opinion at the
College of the Holy Cross,” and “strives to promote intellectual freedom and progress
on campus,” according to its mission statement. The staff of the journal “takes pride
in defending traditional Catholic principles and conservative ideas, and does its best
to articulate thoughtful alternatives to the dominant campus ethos,” it states.

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Re: Jeezus In Drag!

PostFri Mar 30, 2018 12:24 am

Holy homoeroticism, Batman!

That's definitely not anyone's father's old-time religion. But then again, the catholic "church" has had more than its fair share of pederasts, fags, and hypocrites to staff its ranks. I suppose it is appropriate now for churchmen to fully embrace the values of death (faggotry isn't about procreating) and 'come out' as the sick cult they really have been all along to help the healthier portions of our people to more easily recognize and shun them.

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