THERE’S just no pleasing evangelical Christians.
This is the time of the year when assorted godwits loudly lament the fact that nativity scenes are fast disappearing from shops and other areas – but when a high-profile tableau was enacted in Amsterdam yesterday, the laughably named Christians for Truth threw a hissy fit over the fact that the Virgin Mary was neither a virgin nor a female.
According to this report, the Mary in question was a drag queen who calls himselfÂ “Miss Wendy”. He wore a blonde wig and high-heel black boots, while the actor playing Joseph wore black leather shorts and a silver shawl.
The five-person manger scene was staged in the courtyard of a nightclub and visitors were invited to be photographed with the group.
Christians for Truth were outraged, and asked the City Council to cancel the event, saying it made a mockery of Christian beliefs. A statement issued by the group moaned:
By portraying Joseph and Mary as homosexuals, a twisted human fantasy is being added to the history of the Bible.
What’s one more among so many? we are tempted to ask.
Frank van Dalen, chairman of the advocacy group Pro Gay that organised the Pink Christmas event, said that it sought to raise Amsterdam’s profile as a capital for gays.
Van Dalen said the event cost â‚¬15,000, or $20,800, and that it had been sponsored by the City Council. He he hoped it would become a regular attraction, as is the gay pride parade that brings tens of thousands of visitors to Amsterdam each year.
Our objective is not to be offensive. This is about visibility.