Jesus Gets Queer-Eyed in Icelandic Church Facebook Ad

Thursday September 17, 2020

A cartoon posted to promote children attending Sunday School featuring a Jesus right out of "Queer Eye" was posted, then deleted from the Church of Iceland's Facebook page.

The progressive domination posted a woke ad that featured a "bearded Jesus Christ with breasts, makeup and a dress," reports the Daily Mail.

The advert, which apparently shows Jesus in a flowing white dress leaping in the air while under a rainbow, appeared on the National Church's Facebook page on September 11. It has been taken down from the site.

"The 2020 Assembly of the National Church regrets that the picture of Jesus in a Sunday school advertisement has hurt people. The goal was to emphasize diversity, not to hurt people or shock them," the Church wrote in a statement.

Petur Georg Markan, media representative for the Church of Iceland, told the Daily Mail that is positive for Jesus Christ to appear in different forms and that the church celebrates diversity.

"In this one, we see a Jesus who has breasts and a beard. We're trying to embrace society as it is. We have all sorts of people and we need to train ourselves to talk about Jesus as being 'all sorts' in this context.

"Especially because it's really important that each and every person see themselves in Jesus and that we don't stagnate too much. That's the essential message. So this is okay. It's okay that Jesus has a beard and breasts."

He was, nonetheless, cognizant of criticism. "We know that not everyone agrees Christ should appear this way, and we do of course respect that," he told the Daily Mail.

He added that the cost of the marketing campaign, designed to encourage youngsters to Sunday school, will be ISK 2 million (£11,335).

A church minister Guorun Karls- og Helgudottir from the town of Grafarvogskirkja supported the graphic with this statement: "Each person interprets something in this picture. Some people interpret it as a trans Jesus, others as a woman. Some see Mary with a beard, and others see a genderqueer person. Views within the church are just as diverse as elsewhere."

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