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Published On: Wed, Apr 1st, 2015

Kittredge Cherry explains, defends ‘gay vision’ of Jesus, decries ‘right-wing’ critics

As Christians around the world gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ for Easter, a depiction of the Messiah as a “gay man of today in a modern city” arrives in a new book titled: “The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision.”

“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,” bemoans Kittredge Cherry in her HuffPo article on the project.

The self-proclaimed “Lesbian Christian author and art historian” joins with New York artist Doug Blanchard to create a new portrayal of the life, persecution and resurrection of a gay Jesus.

She details the criticisms and attacks:

“Right-wing Christians denounced us as “blasphemers” and condemned our book as an “abomination,” “disgusting” and “an outrage to mock Christ in this manner.” Facebook canceled ads for the book because it was too “shocking.” When the LGBT community protested, the social media company reversed its decision and “resurrected” the ad.

As accusations of discrimination poison the discussion over same-sex relationships, Cherry seeks to find inclusion and acceptance of her version of Jesus: “Every group envisions Christ in their own image from their own context, and now there is a gay vision of Jesus, shaped by the political, economic and cultural forces of our time. LGBT people often identify with the hurt and humiliation that Jesus experienced on the cross.”

Blanchard paints Christ battling priests, bankers,politicians, Westboro Baptist style protesters and soldiers with a 2015 lens.

“He is jeered by fundamentalists, tortured by Marine lookalikes, killed as news cameras broadcast his pain, and rises again to enjoy homoerotic union with God,” writes Cherry.

 

Surely Jesus felt bliss when he returned to God. Some compare the joy of a soul’s union with the divine to sexual ecstasy in marriage. Perhaps for Jesus, it was a same-sex marriage. From The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision with art by Doug Blanchard and text by Kittredge Cherry

Surely Jesus felt bliss when he returned to God. Some compare the joy of a soul’s union with the divine to sexual ecstasy in marriage. Perhaps for Jesus, it was a same-sex marriage.
From The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision with art by Doug Blanchard and text by Kittredge Cherry

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