7 questions for lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry on Corpus Christi” is posted today at Houston Chronicle. (A shorter version with 6 questions was published in the print newspaper, pictured above.)
They interviewed me about gay Jesus themes and the play “Corpus Christi,” which is sparking controversy now in Texas. News reports say that a Fort Worth production was scheduled, then cancelled, then rescheduled yesterday at another local theater. Here is a highlight from the interview:
Houston Chronicle: Why do you think representations of a gay Jesus in art are so controversial?
Kittredge Cherry: ANY type of sexual Jesus causes controversy, not just gay Jesus. Remember the fuss over his sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene in "The Da Vinci Code"? Mainstream Christianity has become a rather sex-negative religion, due to Western influences in the first few centuries after Jesus died. Jesus himself was part of a Hebrew culture that viewed the body and the spirit as one sacred whole. The homophobia of today's society makes people especially upset by the possibility that Jesus was gay. They may believe that homosexuality is a sin, but a growing number of Bible scholars now recognize that scripture does not condemn loving, responsible gay or lesbian relationships....
Click here for the whole interview at the Houston Chronicle. You can leave a comment there to encourage more coverage of LGBT spiritual subjects.
The interviewer was artist and art critic Menachem Wecker. His blog, Iconia, is a timely and insightful mix that explores “wherever faith meets art.”
P.S. on April 14, 2010:
I heard today that my interview is scheduled to run in the Houston Chronicle’s print newspaper this Friday, April 16, in the religion section.
There are now 20 comments pro and con at Chron.com about my interview, including quite a debate over this ignorant statement: “The son of God would not be imperfect, therefore the Jesus could not be a homosexual.”
I agree with the person who replied, “The Jesus I know could be gay, and perfect.”
P.S. on April 28, 2010:
Special thanks to Edmund in Houston for mailing a copy of the print newspaper to me.