A religious professor’s unusual interpretation of scripture has caused outrage. Professor Tat-Siong Benny Liew, an esteemed professor at the College of the Holy Cross, believes that the bible should be read with reference to the LGBT agenda.
Liew’s views are extreme. He’s obsessed with gender and has devoted a lot of time to proving that Jesus was actually a drag queen. The bizarre, blasphemous view is being taught to Liew’s students at the Worcester, Massachusetts college.
Liew is the Chair of New Testament Studies at the school. Elinor Reilly, a student writing for The Fenwick Review, argued that Liew’s unconventional approach was jarring with the rest of the school. Holy Cross is a religious institution.
“What I am suggesting is that, when Jesus’ body is being penetrated, his thoughts are on his Father. He is, in other words, imagining his passion experience as a (masochistic?) sexual relation with his own Father,” Liew wrote once. He seems to find most of the Bible “seductive.”
In Liew’s opinion, the bible is filled with rampant homosexual and incestual sex. It’s a wild idea for a man who’s supposed to be a mainstream Catholic. Holy Cross represents itself as a devout Catholic school.
Lewis calls Jesus a drag king and questions if he was biologically male. The constant biblical references to water are also perverted by Liew. He believes that the passages about water “speak to Jesus’ gender indeterminacy and hence his cross-dressing and other queer desires.”
Professor Liew digs through the bible to find as many references to sex as he can. He finds it in odd places. He even sexualizes the Last Supper, calling it a “literary striptease.”
Liew’s views are shocking. He eroticizes sacred texts. It’s hard to understand why he has such a respected position. He’s in charge of teaching the college’s main course on the New Testament. “Jesus himself needs others to cum with the Father,” he wrote once. Those are the thoughts that he’s trying to instill into young religious brains.
“Professor Liew’s unconventional readings of Scripture has brought a new theological perspective to Holy Cross,” Reilly wrote.
“The position and prestige which accompany an endowed chair in Religious Studies testify to the esteem in which his work is held by the College’s administration and academic community. He continues to be held up as an example and a bold successor to the learned and discerning tradition of our Catholic and Jesuit College of the Holy Cross.”
Was Liew’s hiring simply an oversight? Perhaps no one knew how radical he was before he was hired? That’s hard to believe, however. If a student was able to dig up such damning statement, surely the university staff should have been able to do so.
“In addition, we find Jesus disrobing and rerobing in the episode that marks Jesus’ focus on the disciples with the coming of his ‘hour’,” Professor Liew wrote. “This disrobing, as [Colleen] Conway points out, does not disclose anything about Jesus’ anatomy. Instead, it describes Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. As more than one commentator has pointed out, foot-washing was generally only done by Jewish women or non-Jewish slaves.”
The facts speak for themselves. Liew sees sex and gender everywhere that he looks. Almost every incident in Jesus’ life was recast by Liew and his supporters to support an LGBT agenda.
Religion allows for expression. American Christians aren’t going to harm someone because he believes in something they don’t like. However, that doesn’t mean that people should be comfortable with Professor Liew being in charge of impressionable minds.
If Holy Cross is truly dedicated to a conservative Catholic message, it should make sure that its staff members are on the same page.
Liew has also complained that Christianity is like a tyranny.
“If John’s Jesus, as well as those who follow John’s Jesus, are supposed to be fully subjected to the will of the Father to the point of death, then are we not back to a scenario in which a Caesar-like head sits comfortably in a choice seat and watches bare life performing death for his purposes and his enjoyment?” the controversial professor wrote.
A man who feels that following God’s word is a burden akin to living under Caesar isn’t someone who should be teaching young people.
The best that one could say about Liew’s viewpoints are that he seems earnest. He doesn’t seem to be saying shocking things just for effect. He really believes that most of the New Testament is about homosexual sex.
Holy Cross, obviously, has every right to employ Professor Liew. Perhaps their brand of Catholicism recognizes Liew’s beliefs. If, however, the school wants to continue to represent itself as a robust Catholic institution, officials should consider firing Liew.