Jewish Journal


August 25, 2008

Atheists ask: ‘Jesus Christ had a homosexual relationship?’



My article this week about anti-Semitism on college campuses discusses at length how the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine often pushes the limits of civil discourse in criticizing Israel. We already know that Muslims feel any critical depiction of the prophet Muhammad goes too far, and, to prove that each of the Abrahamic faiths is at times the target of criticism it finds offensive to the point that censorship or condemnation would be warranted, I present this drama from Ohio.

There the Activists for Atheism club at a community college has incited a lot of ire over a flier questioning whether Jesus was gay.

The question, which seems like the latests iteration of “The Da Vinci Code,” was drawn from the non-canonical Secret Gospel of Mark. Not surprisingly, the image offended a whole lot of people. The local Chronicle-Telegram filed this report, a significant chunk of which I’ve posted after the jump.

Many of the comments are irrelevant to whether the atheist club had the constitutional right to post the flier, though it violated the student code of conduct, and no one quoted does anything to explain that the secret gospel is not accepted as authentic. Offended Christians should have addressed the latter. The Secret Gospel of Mark is a joke, along the lines of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, which dismissed women as undeserving of life.

Now, back to the Chronicle-Telegram:

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