The openly gay pop music star says, “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving.”
Elton John’s interview is the cover story for this weekend’s Parade magazine. The quote about Jesus appears under “web exclusive” at the Parade website at this link:
The interview is getting tons of publicity, and fundamentalist Christians are already denouncing it.
I promote the gay Jesus in my blog, books and website JesusInLove.org, so I’m pleased to hear Elton John saying that Jesus was gay. Maybe Elton John visited this blog!
It’s important to present Jesus as gay in order to counteract Christian anti-gay hate and bigotry. The name of Jesus is being misused to justify hate and discrimination against GLBT people, but Jesus taught love for all.
If you’re interested in whether Jesus was really gay, I recommend “The Man Jesus Loved” by Theodore Jennings, a reputable Bible scholar who argues that Jesus had same-sex attractions. To see how artists envision a gay Jesus, check out my book “Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More.”
To Elton John, I paraphrase one of your hits and say with thanks, “My gift is my blog and this post is for you.”
Written by lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry and cross-posted at the Jesus in Love Blog.She was at the forefront of the international debate on sexuality and spirituality as National Ecumenical Officer for Metropolitan Community Churches.