Paula here writing on the Easter Weekend. I am so horrid at the anti-gay bills signed in Arkansas and Indiana. It really is crucifixion for gays and lesbians and I’ll explain what I mean.
The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision Art by Douglas Blanchard
Kittredge (lesbian author) has joined forces with Douglas Blanchard to write and illustrate this book.
Meet Jesus as a young gay man of today in a contemporary city with The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision by Kittredge Cherry (author) and Douglas Blanchard (artist). In stunning new paintings, the modern Christ figure is jeered by fundamentalists, tortured by Marine look-alikes, and rises again to enjoy homoerotic moments with God. He stands up to priests, bankers, politicians, soldiers, and police—all of whom look eerily similar to the people holding those jobs today. His surprisingly diverse friends join him on a journey from suffering to freedom. If Jesus came back today, would he be crucified all over again? Would we even recognize him? See for yourself in the gay vision of the Passion.
Is this Blasphemy as Religious Fundamentalists Claim?
Let’s just look at how races have claimed Jesus. We have no portraits of him but he must have looked Jewish/Arabic. Yet, he has been painted as black, Japanese, Chinese, Inuit, indigenous people (North American Indian, Aborigine, Maori, Polynesian, etc). Why do people take this “liberty?” They identify with Jesus, it’s that simple. If groups of people are hated and attacked, then Jesus is attacked. “If you do it to the least of my brothers, you do it to me.” There is no reason why Jesus should not appear as an abused woman on the cross complete with black eyes and broken cheek bones. There is no reason why Jesus should not be crucified as a slave with shackles around his wrists. Why not a crucified gay Jesus? Here are examples of Douglas Blanchard’s work:
The Way of the Cross or the Stations of the Cross.
If you visit a Roman Catholic Church you will see fourteen stations or scenes of the suffering of Jesus. He is humiliated, abused, spat upon, whipped, forced to have a crown of thorns embedded into his head and eventually nailed to a cross. The last stations are dedicated to his being laid in the tomb and finally the resurrection.
The Extreme Right
An Indiana pizzeria that stated to the media that it would not cater to gay weddings, received a win fall of $500,000 in two days. Like was like the multiplying of the thirty-pieces of silver Judas obtained for betraying Christ. Many they will have other funds for feeding the poor, etc. et.
Cherry comments on the artistic work of Blanchard:
“Blanchard’s gay Way of the Cross shows a contemporary Christ figure who stands up to priests, bankers, politicians, soldiers, and police — all of whom look eerily similar to the people holding those jobs today. 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.
The queer Christ is intended to broaden, not limit, how Christ is perceived. Every image of Jesus is insufficient. It is valuable to have images of the “queer Christ” along with all the others to show that Christ is with all human beings in our full diversity.”
“Christ is one of us in my pictures,” Blanchard says in the introduction to the book. “In His sufferings, I want to show Him as someone who experiences and understands fully what it is like to be an unwelcome outsider.”
Blanchard, an art professor and self-proclaimed “very agnostic believer,” used the series to grapple with his own faith struggles as a gay New Yorker who witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The gay Crucifixtion of Jesus calls every Christian to question their responses to their neighbour; do I see Jesus in everyone I encounter.
The Sheep and the Goats Matthew 24:44
“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’