Un passo rimosso dal Vangelo di Marco (menzionato in una lettera scritta da Clemente, Vescovo di Alessandria, a Teodoro, il prete di un'antica comunità cristiana, intorno al 185 aD.) ed altri passi dai vangeli suggeriscono l'idea che Gesù fosse omosessuale, o quantomeno bisessuale.
Sai che novità: Malcolm X gridava: "Dio è nero"; le femministe gridavano: "Dio è donna"; e adesso è il turno di un altro gruppo di oppressi, di gridare che Gesù era come loro.
Indipendentemente da quale sia la verità storica (cui peraltro nessuno può risalire con certezza, pertanto tutte le ipotesi sono egualmente valide), hanno ragione tutti. Dal momento che Dio è il Tutto, Dio è nero, Dio è donna, Dio è gay.. e qualsiasi altra cosa.
Ma, innanzitutto, Dio è Amore - e non odierebbe mai nessuna delle sue "Creature". Dio Ama equanimemente i neri, le donne, i gay.. tutti. E sarebbe ora di finirla, di abusare del Suo Nome per giustificare l'oppressione imposta dagli uomini su altri uomini.
Modern day Christians attempt to deter homosexuality by denying civil rights to gay citizens. .. Ironically, there is some evidence that Jesus himself was gay. I am not claiming Jesus was necessarily sexually active, only that his natual sexual orientation was toward males rather than females. ..
.. There's a suppressed part of the Gospel of Mark quoted in a letter from Clement, Bishop of Alexandria, to Theodore, the priest of an early Christian community, c.185 AD. [In the letter, Clement identifies "false passages" in the heretical Carpocratian Gospel of Mark. The all-nighter with the eager almost naked youth episode is authentic, claims Clement, because it's included in an expanded Markan Gospel that was revealed to advanced parishioners of the Alexandrine Church.]
"The youth, looking upon him (Jesus), loved him and beseeched that he might remain with him ... they went into the house of the youth ... And after six days, Jesus instructed him and, in the evening, the youth came to him wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the Kingdom of God."
.. The text [is] from prof. Morton H.Smith's "Secret Mark": not a speculation book, but a scholarly treatise on existing documents, [manuscript fragments found in a monastry near Jerusalem in 1958 - that were allegedly excised from the original Gospel of Mark. .. Only Morton Smith has seen the manuscript: the monastery archives have been mysteriously closed ever since.]. Now, after great part of the Nag Hammadi scrolls has been deciphered, the placement of the excised text within the Gospel of Mark is rather known: it's between Mark 14:11-12. Compare to John 11-12. It's likely there's a part missing in the story. The youth Jesus has raised is Lazarus, who's mentioned by name in the Gospel of John.
The extant text in the standard version of Mark narrating the arrest of Jesus, contains the curious verses (14:51-52):
"And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body ; and the young men laid hold on him: and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked."
..which bears no relationship to the rest of the story unless something else is missing. If a modern man were caught in a park with a naked youth, he would have quite some explaining to do to the vice squad.
[Many] people mentioned in the Bible were homosexual ..: some were open, like David and Jonathan. Some were closeted like Paul. There must be a great many more of them. The most likely candidates are Jesus, Lazarus, Ruth and James, and perhaps all the apostles. Since standards of behaviour were different in those days, .. of course these people would not have identified themselves as gay. They would have just felt they had extremely deep love or friendship for people of the same sex.
If he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then he is a duck, (in all probability). Except of course if his name is Jesus.
CLOSETED FOR 2000 YEARS
by Hank Hyena, from Salon (April 10, 1998)
.. University of California-Berkeley's director of religious studies, .. Birger Pearson, [told me:] "In Matthew 19:12, Jesus says, 'There will be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.'"
"Yikes! You think Jesus was celibate?"
.. Dr. Walter Wink, a member of the esteemed research contingent "The Jesus Seminar" .., proposed that "Jesus might have been like Ralph Nader, an individual with relentless drive who sublimated all his sexual desires because he was totally preoccupied with the Kingdom of Heaven."
.. William Hagan, .. a former Jesuit who is now happily married (to a woman): .. "The Gospels indicate that Jesus was intimate with Mary Magdalene. She anoints him after his death -- then, Jesus appears to her first, after the Resurrection. Jesus says, 'Mary, don't touch me now!' This implies a physical relationship. I believe they had children, too. There's a sect that still claims blood lineage from Jesus and Magdalene."
.. The queer Jesus notion felt lonely and limp; no straight male scholar was willing to touch it. It took a woman, Mary A. Tolbert from the Pacific School of Religion, to stir vital life back into the proposition. Dr. Tolbert maintained, "There are problems regarding the authenticity of Morton Smith's letter, but ... it sounds like Clement, stylistically. .. Homosexuality's a concept that didn't exist in Biblical culture. .. Sexual relations .. weren't based on gender preference. Sex only happened between 'dominants' and 'submissives.'"
"You're saying -- 'tops and bottoms' preceded hets and gays?"
"A free man could have sex with a woman, a slave, or a boy. That would be natural."
"So ... You're saying -- Jesus was a 'dominant' stud?"
"No, Jesus reversed the traditional behavior. He did things that are termed passive or womanly, dishonorable in male society. He washed his apostles' feet. He preached, 'Blessed are the meek.' Jesus urged men to give up power. He presented a radical model of being a man."
"So ... was he gay or not?"
"I told you -- the concept didn't exist."
When I hung up the phone, my eavesdropping wife asked, "She's a feminist, right? What'd she say?"
"She thinks Jesus can't be gay and he can't be straight, but his behavior indicates he's a 'bottom.'"
"Oh!" My wife laughed. "Is that what he meant when he said, 'Turn the other cheek'?"
"Pig," I snorted. [Then] I telephoned Dr. "Bob" Goss the next morning; he's assistant professor of comparative religion at Webster University in St. Louis.
"Why," I asked, "are all the U.S. scholars who claim Jesus is gay also gay themselves? Why can't I find a straight academic who agrees with you?"
He snorted. "There's a tremendous amount of homophobia in U.S. religious departments. Scholars fear our position will lead to professional suicide. [But, if you read] John 19:26-28.. Jesus is dying on the cross, and it says, 'When Jesus saw his mother, and the beloved disciple standing by, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold thy son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold thy mother!" After this, Jesus knew all things were accomplished.' When my own lover died of AIDS, the identical thing happened. He said, 'Take care of my lover. Take care of my mother.' Gay men who've been through this, we intuit the intimacy between Jesus and 'the beloved.' [Also,] at the Last Supper, the 'beloved' lies on the inner tunic of Jesus -- that's the undergarment. They eat together, side by side. What's being portrayed here is a pederastic relationship between an older man and a younger man. A Greek reader would understand."
"Oh my. Like Plato's 'Symposium' -- Socrates and Alcibiades?"
"Exactly. Jesus lived in a Hellenistic society. Men entered a mentoring relationship with older men, in the pederastic model of learning."
[Suddenly,] it began to dawn on me: Closeted Morton [he was gay, and died in 1993] sees Jesus sleeping with youths, activist Walter regards him as Naderesque, contemplative Birgen embraces a celibate Messiah.. Is Jesus just a mirror, where we glimpse our idealized self? .. Wannabe-celibates can bind their restraint to the eunuch passage in Matthew. Heteros can enjoy suggestions that Magdalene and Messiah were frisky. Gays get two choices: Jesus, the radical bottom or the penetrating mentor. There's enough innuendo to satisfy everyone.