Christian killjoys queer the pitch for gay nativity figurines
When the demented Andrea Williams of Christian Concern got wind of the fact that Christmas decorations featuring same-sex couples were being sold on the crafts website Zazzle she went ballistic.
According to Pink News, the loathsome woman said:
These decorations are a desperate and ridiculous attempt to pretend that homosexual relationships are pure and holy. They blasphemously portray the Lord Jesus being parented by a homosexual couple. What depths will the LGBT lobby stoop to in order to try and normalise their behaviour?
God’s design is for children to grow up with a male and a female parent. The Lord Jesus was parented in this way, and this is what is best for children. The LGBT lobby is not interested in the welfare of children but only in pursuing its own selfish agenda. Trying to rewrite the Christmas story is their latest self-deception.
Shamefully, the creator of the figurines – California-based artist Mark Thaler – buckled under pressure from the evangelical bullies, and withdrew them from sale.
Thaler, according to this report, got the idea for the alternative nativity figures from Kittredge Cherry, above, a retired lesbian pastor and author from Los Angeles who reimagined the nativity scene in a way that challenged the notion of a “traditional family” in a 2009 photo series, titled “Love Makes A Holy Family”.
Cherry explained that Jesus himself came from a very untraditional family. He technically had two fathers (God and his adoptive dad, Joseph). And she pointed out that Mary gave birth without having sex with a man, not unlike lesbian mothers who use artificial insemination to start their families.
The conservative Christians of today tend to act like they own the copyright on Jesus and they get mad when someone changes the image and switches the figures around,. They don’t want to think that Jesus could be one of us, but that was the message of the whole Christmas story: that God is with us.
She said she knows firsthand the damaging effects of a theology that bars gay people from experiencing family life, and that Christmas is a time that is especially hard for some gay Christians.
People in the gay and lesbian community feel excluded from the church much of the time. Then at Christmastime there’s a lot of depression, because there’s so much emphasis on the church and the family, and a lot of gay and lesbian people have been excluded from their families, or their families won’t let you bring your partner home for Christmas.
Cherry wasn’t expecting her photo series to pop up in the news this year. She said it was an “unexpected gift” to be able to share these images with the world again, especially considering the challenges that gay Americans will face after President-elect Donald Trump and his lunatic vice-president Michael Pence, a conservative Christian, come into office.
Hat tip: Angela_K & BarrieJohn