In the gloriously queer “Take Me come Church,” Hozier intones, “The only Heaven okay be sent out to / Is when I’m alone v you / ns was born sick, but I love it.” In terms of lyrical expressions of erotic liberation, it’s hard to beat.

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The line has actually been on my mind end the last numerous days after see posters, few of which space religiously oriented, in Frist Campus facility — and also elsewhere top top campus — advocating for sex-related diversity and also acceptance the queer people; presumably, the posters to be in response to a campus event, “Sexuality, Integrity, and the University,” promoted by the Love and also Fidelity Network, which arisen on Nov. 8 and also 9.


The event aimed come “
together hundreds of students, scholars, and also experts from across the country to equip the university students v the best academic resources and also arguments they require to bring the message of love and fidelity back to their campuses.” (I will certainly not opine on the occasion itself, or its alleged heterosexist undertones, as I did not attend.)

Many the the protest posters conceptualized Christianity together a justification for queer liberation, rather than together a device of condemnation. One poster, held on a flag pole in the McCosh courtyard, fittingly surrounding to the university chapel, asserted, “JESUS to be A brown queer socialist,” and urged rather to “Open the book .” others cited religion as well: one dubbed for the separation that “CHURCH and HATE.” an additional argued that “QUEER joy IS A sacred REVOLUTIONARY CHOICE.”

Amen come them all.

On a an individual note, ns was increased Catholic and continue to take on many that the teachings that Jesus. Ever since high school, though, I have actually been dislike by the Church’s continual homophobia, sex-negativity, and an easy ideological cowardice — and also its tragic fail to face sexual abuse. But I have been heartened by the steady Christian activism, as well as the steady activism rooted in a host of various other faiths, I have witnessed at Princeton — including, the course, the protest that the Love and Fidelity event.

Queering the Bible, and other spiritual texts, is a revolutionary exercise and an assertion of true love. Embracing the (rather obvious) queerness the the Bible and also the life the Jesus permits Christianity to be a source of radical liberation, i m sorry I think it was intended to be, fairly than a viewpoint rooted in shame, oppression, and anti-erotic authoritarianism. Queering the Bible, in short, redeems Christianity, and it is high time because that the religion’s redemption.

At the exact same time, ns can’t help but wonder if queer activism must consciously subvert heteronormative values — Christian or otherwise — instead of attempting come reconcile queerness with these principles.

Leo Bersani’s canonical queer-studies text, “Is the Rectum a Grave?,” released in 1987, may administer a blueprint for solving this dilemma.

Bersani memorably argued that “if the rectum is the tomb in i m sorry the masculine ideal (an appropriate shared—differently—by men and women) the proud subjectivity is buried, then it must be commemorated for its very potential for death.”

Bersani was not referring to religion below — in other words, he was not evaluating the “Christian ideal.” Rather, that was arguing that throughout anal intercourse, a guy loses his subjective case to normative, masculine power and also control. Bersani assumed this claimed emasculation need to be embraced, and also that gay intimacy should not it is in reconciled through oppressive heterosexual, monogamous, patriarchal, anti-feminist mores.

Perhaps Bersani’s scholarship deserve to inform queer Christian activism.


The concept that Jesus was queer or the “QUEER delight IS A spiritual REVOLUTIONARY CHOICE” room empowering messages. Yet the sociopolitical rights and also erotic liberation of queer Christians need to not be contingent top top Jesus’ sex-related orientation or come what extent queer delight is expressed in ~ the normatively created bounds the sacredness. Also if Jesus to be straight, and even if queer delight manifests in blasphemous fashions (whatever that means), queer people should still be free, loved, and embraced for your queerness.

More broadly, queer Christian activists have to not it is in obligated come intellectually prove that their queerness and Christian identification are not in ethical contradiction. The beautiful presence of queer Christians currently confirms that queerness and Christianity are certainly compatible. Yes sir no must dignify homophobic beliefs rooted in pseudo-Christian orthodoxies through effortful responses.

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To borrow Bersani’s reasonable framework, if some consider queerness a sin, climate it should be celebrated for its really potential because that sinfulness.

Samuel Aftel is a an elderly from eastern Northport, N.Y. He have the right to be reached at saftel


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