Just in time for the “War on Christmas,” conservatives are outraged over an exhibit at a Bible museum in Germany that claimed there are LGBTQ themes in Biblical studies, and hosted a performance of a play presenting Jesus as a transgender female.
The special exhibit, “G*tt w/m/d,” first opened in June and recently closed on Dec. 19 at the Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum, exploring “the diversity of gender identities from biblical and modern times.”
Three parts of the exhibit advertised on the Bibelhaus website include a statue of the goddess Asherah, an image of “The New Adam” imposed over an LGBTQ rainbow flag, and a statue of Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest champion and the drag queen persona of Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth.
“Even in biblical times 3,000 years ago it was clear: The fertility of the soil, animals and people depends on the gods,” the exhibit’s blurb on Asherah reads. “A deity can do both — beget and give birth.”
The museum also notes that figures of Asherah could be found in many households within Judea and Samaria, in part due to the various deities that were worshipped by different empires — Assyrians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and others — who conquered what is now present-day Israel, the birthplace of Jesus.
Regarding “The New Adam,” the museum’s description of the exhibit reads: “Created in God’s image, Adam is the blueprint for each of us. What does that reveal about people in themselves, about God and much more importantly: about ourselves? The alchemists of the Middle Ages found a beguiling answer: God’s image is both male and female, in the origin, when it all began, and finally in the future.”
The Bibelhaus also hosted the play The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, a play written by the English transgender author Jo Clifford, in which biblical stores are “reimagined by a transgender Jesus,” on Dec. 15.
“I had been brought up a a Christian and taught that when you’re unsure of what to do, you should try to think, ‘What would Jesus do?’ I thought, ‘Well, what would Jesus do if Jesus came back to earth now and was me, a trans woman? What would she do and what would she say?'” Clifford said in a 2019 interview explaining the origins of the play.
While the exhibit has been open since the summer, conservatives have all too eager to pounce on the condemnation train, noting the proximity of when the play was performed to Christmas.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, balked at the very concept behind the exhibit.
“The idea that there is a LGBTQ theme in the Bible is a lie. When homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible, it is sin—rebellion against God and associated with His judgment,” Graham, the son of the late televangelist Billy Graham, told Fox News. “Any suggestion that Jesus Christ is transgender is not only false, it’s just sick. This is simply man trying to bring God down to his own level.”
“The Bible doesn’t leave any confusion or uncertainty over how God has revealed Himself to us,” Graham added. “This is why any effort to describe Jesus Christ as transgender must be condemned as a profane perversion of the Scriptures.”
Other conservatives also blasted the museum’s choice to house the exhibit, calling it blasphemous. Ken Ham, the CEO and founder of the conservative Christian organization Answers in Genesis, which operates the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, tweeted: “It’s an ‘Anti Bible Museum.'”
He then quoted the Bible, writing: “‘Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons’ (1 Timothy 4:1).”
It's an 'Anti Bible Museum.' "Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). https://t.co/6qc6Ep2ZVY
— Ken Ham (@aigkenham) December 19, 2021
Lt. Steven Rogers, a former Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey, former police officer, and Fox News guest commentator, tweeted: “These people have lost their minds…. A Bible museum in Germany hosted a play that presents a transgender Jesus Christ as a male who identifies as female. Warning: An assault on man is one thing; an assault on GOD, HE will deal with them.”
These people have lost their minds. Media:A Bible museum in Germany hosted a play that presents a transgender Jesus Christ as a male who identifies as female. Warning: An assault on man is one thing; an assault on GOD, HE will deal with them.-Lt
— Lt Steven Rogers (R-NJ) (@LtStevenRogers) December 17, 2021
Another Twitter user wrote: “This issue isn’t going away soon, and it isn’t limited to sports. Church leaders need to be prepared to give an answer.”
This issue isn't going away soon, and it isn't limited to sports. Church leaders need to be prepared to give an answer.
— Adam McClendon (@Adam_McClendon) December 17, 2021
Delta Air Lines is pledging to update its booking system after it was accused of discrimination for forcing nonbinary passengers to identify themselves as either male or female.
The issue was raised by Dawn Henry, 52, of Arizona after she attempted to purchase a surprise plane ticket for her 21-year-old nonbinary child to come and visit the family.
However, Henry encountered difficulty reserving a ticket due to the airline's refusal to accept anything other than a "male" or "female" gender marker.
Henry, who goes by the screen name "Aurora Dawn" on Twitter, tweeted her displeasure with Delta, noting that her child has an up-to-date Washington State driver's license and an updated birth certificate, both of which bear the gender-neutral gender marker "X" instead of "M" or "F."
A transgender man in Denver was subjected to a night of abuse and humiliation after he was attacked at a light rail station by a seemingly random assailant, and subsequently kicked out of an Uber by the driver when he tried to get passage home.
Syre Klenke, a 30-year old trans man, was heading home last Friday around 10:30 p.m. after spending time at a gay bar with friends.
While waiting at the train station near the 16th Street Mall area, Klenke said a male-presenting person, around 5'8" with a "heavy" and "athletic" build, approached him, and, without warning, began punching him in the head repeatedly while yelling anti-gay slurs, according to LGBTQ Nation.
Prosecutors in Osaka, Japan, are considering charging a transgender woman for using the women's restroom at a commercial facility.
The commercial facility called Osaka Prefectural Police after a customer complained that she could not use the women's washroom because "a man wearing women's clothes" was using it, causing her to "fear" for her safety.
Police arrived on scene to discover that a transgender woman in her 40s using the restroom. They also confirmed that the same woman had previously entered the store's ladies' room in May 2021.
The woman told police she knew she was not supposed to use facility because her gender is listed as "male" on her family registry.
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