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Church sign spotted on Capitol Hill:
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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
There is only one possible response to that:
I don’t see the problem. Jesus can’t be transgender?
Don’t forget, he also had two dads. Very diverse, that Christ family.
Technically he was his is own dad
That is pretty academic thinking right there…. back to the ol’ God is Father and Mother type….
Explain this to my 3 year old self when I asked who my “heavenly mother” was… Talk about an irritated mormon mom….
Way to eschew traditional gender roles, Capitol Hill United Methodist Church.
Actually, it’s reinforcing them.
Just making a joke.
Christians give great respect to women. As long as they are like Jesus’ mother Mary: simultaneously a mother and a virgin.
yes, belittle all mothers and the hard work they do by asserting that a dead, male, Jewish cult leader is the best possible mother. At what point do church members allow themselves to become offended by their bumbling leadership?
Why not? Although I don’t remember anything in the Big Jebus Book (aka The Holly Bibble) that explicitly mentions Yeshua leaning that way, it’s no more a jump than a lot of the idiocy Christianity claims to be able to derive from the book….
Considering they are an inclusive church, this was probably deliberate, and maybe even to poke a little at the non-inclusive attitudes amongst their fellow Christians.
“We celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education.” http://chumc.net/ourstory
I suspect that this is just an eye-catching way to name a sermon about how Jesus is protective, nurturing, etc. – you know, stereotypically maternal qualities. I wouldn’t look any further into the possible gender implications; that’s probably unintentional.
Agreed. Oh, and it’s a theme that goes back a long way in the Christian tradition, so the idea that it’s somehow modern or progressive isn’t the case. For example, in medieval art, one of the images meant to symbolize Christ was the mother pelican.
Just when I thought these people couldn’t get any creepier…
What’s the big deal? I’ve always thought that Jesus was a true mothuh, just like all the rappers sing about.
So, jesus wasn’t a long haired hippy, he was a she! That changes everything. Given this fact, the catholics will have to morph mother mary to father mary. They could get the Golden Girls to play the three wise men.
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