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
By Justin Walton on April 25, 2022
Two female inmates at a New Jersey prison have reportedly become pregnant after having sex with a transgender inmate. According to the New York Post, the New Jersey State Department of Corrections stated that the sex was “consensual.”
The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, which houses over 800 prisoners – including 27 transgender women – keeps both transgender and cisgender inmates within the same cell blocks. New Jersey does not require transgender inmates to have undergone gender confirmation surgery to be housed according to their gender identity.
Due to a settlement agreement signed by the New Jersey State Corrections Department in June 2021, the New Jersey prison system is required to house transgender inmates among their preferred gender.
Last week, the Florida Department of Health issued guidance discouraging transgender minors suffering from gender dysphoria from socially transitioning or obtaining any gender-affirming health care treatments.
The guidance issued by the department directly conflicts with advice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and medical experts, who recommend that minors suffering from gender dysphoria obtain treatment based on their individual needs and health assessments -- although HHS does not recommend gender confirmation surgery for minors.
In a memo, the Florida Department of Health specifically recommended against minors receiving hormone therapies, puberty-blocking drugs, or gender confirmation surgery to assist in a transition.
A Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate who is surging in the polls has a long history of anti-gay and anti-Muslim statements.
Kathy Barnette is an Army Reserves veteran and conservative political commentator, who, according to recent polls, has moved into a three-way statistical tie with frontrunners Mehmet Oz, a former TV star endorsed by former President Donald Trump, and hedge fund manager David McCormick.
Barnette has used her public position to attack -- among other groups -- members of the LGBTQ community, often casting them as a threat to traditional family structures, society at large, and children. According to CNN, in comments on her radio show, Barnette has frequently condemned being gay or transgender, claiming that accepting homosexuality or gender-nonconformity could lead to a host of various ills.
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