A theology professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., has sparked a major controversy on campus by claiming that the Gospel proves Jesus was a “drag king” with “queer desires.”
Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew, who is actually the chair of New Testament studies at the college, is doubling down on the claim that Jesus was gender fluid, not a man as commonly understood. He thinks the Bible backs up his assertions.
Fox News outlines the so-called “evidence” the professor is citing to make his case:
“[Christ] ends up appearing as a drag-kingly bride in his passion,” he argues. “If one follows the trajectory of the Wisdom/Word or Sophia/Jesus (con)figuration, what we have in John’s Jesus is not only a ‘king of Israel’ or ‘king of the Ioudaioi [Jews],’ but also a drag king.”
Then he used Jesus’ crucifixion to try to show the Passion of Christ was really a “(homo)sexual bonding of the Father and the Son.”
“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 also argues Jesus’ humble act of washing his disciples feet was intended to be “seductive” and a “literary striptease.”
Citing the Book of John, the professor also says the disciple hinted at “Jesus’ gender indeterminacy and hence his cross-dressing and other queer desire” when the talked about Jesus wanting water, giving water, and leaking water.
Liew did not immediately comment on the outrage surrounding his controversial teachings.