Jewish Journal

Baby Jesus in a gay nativity

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 22, 2008 | 12:22 am

You’d sort of expect that if there are gay renditions of the Last Supper that there woild also be similar variations of the nativity. Not to disappoint, Amsterdam hosted Sunday a Christmas celebration for the gay community that was complete with a nativity that included a man in drag made up like the Virgin Mary.

From the Associated Press:

Frank van Dalen, chairman of the advocacy group Pro Gay that organized the event, known as Pink Christmas, said that it sought to raise Amsterdam’s profile as a capital for gays.

Van Dalen said the event cost €15,000, or $20,800, and that it had been sponsored by the City Council. He added that 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,” he said. “This is about visibility.”

Nevertheless, Christians for Truth, an independent religious group, asked the City Council to cancel the event, saying it made a mockery of Christian tenets. “By portraying Joseph and Mary as homosexuals, a twisted human fantasy is being added to the history of the Bible,” the group said in a statement.

Frankly, this is ridiculous—both the Ru Paul nativity and the outrage of Christians for Truth. Besides, the guy wearing the straps and the bearded dude in short shorts—I think that’s Joseph—are much more disturbing.

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