Jesus was a ‘drag king’ with ‘queer desires”, says professor of theology

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(College of the Holy Cross professor, Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew, claims that Jesus was a “drag king” who had “queer desires.” )

A theology professor at the Catholic university of applied sciences is making a number of bizarre – some would even say blasphemous – claims about Jesus Christ, who is causing a stir on the campus.

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew, chair of New Testament Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, said Jesus was a “drag king” who had “queer desires.” He also claims that he’s the Last Supper was a “literary striptease,” and that Jesus was not a man, but gender fluid.

The “Gospel of John” professor cited in the book of John in the Bible to try to back his arguments.

College of the Holy Cross professor, Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew, claims that Jesus was a “drag king” who had “queer desires.”

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“[Christ] ends in a drag-royal bride in his passion,” he argues. “If one follows the trajectory of the Wisdom /Word or Sophia/Jesus (con)figuration, what we have in John Jesus is not only a ‘king of Israel’ or ‘king of the Ioudaioi [Jews], but also a drag king.”

Then he used the crucifixion of Jesus to try to show the Passion of the Christ was really a “(homo)sexual bond between the Father and the Son.”

“What I suggest is that, when the body of Jesus has penetrated, his thoughts are on his Father. He is, in other words, depict his passion and experience as a (masochistic?) the sexual relationship with his own Father.”

Liew also asked Jesus tried to get his followers to do.

The controversial professor used the example of Thomas, after the Resurrection, while he has his finger in the side of Jesus that the New Testament scholar argued, was an example of John asks his readers “to perform a kind of pan-eroticism.”

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew, Chair of New Testament Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, argues that Jesus at the Last Supper, was that “seductive” and performing a “literary striptease” by the washing of the disciples ‘ feet.


And the Last Supper, when Jesus washed his disciples feet, was a “seductive,” “literary striptease” and a “female/rote the task” is used as an example of John’s transgendering of Jesus, the professor claims.

The religious studies professor also argues that John’s multiple references of Jesus want water, water and the leaking of water “speak to Jesus’ gender indeterminacy and, hence, are cross-dressing, and other queer desire.”

As a result of all of this, Liew says that, although John makes clear that Jesus was a Jew, he leaves it open “or Jesus is a biological man.”

The controversial doctrine came to light after the Holy Cross student Elinor Reilly wrote an article for the independent student journal, The Fenwick Review, and cried Liew interpretations “unconventional.” The student asked why Liew received a distinguished professor at the jesuit college in 2013 to learn the most important New Testament class undergraduate students.

“He continues to be held up as an example and a bold successor, the learned and the critical tradition of our Catholic church and the Jesuit College of the Holy Cross,” Reilly said.

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew wrote that Jesus was a “drag king.” The theology professor of New Testament Studies president of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Ma.

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Liew not immediately respond to a request for comment. But he has pointed out, are “selective reading of John wants to…give recognition and life to those who desire to live differently gendered or transgendered life.”

While there, he wrote these conclusions in the texts of 2004 and 2009, his teachings seem to continue along this line of thinking, according to Reilly.

The university will not immediately respond to request for comment.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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