The Church of Iceland has sparked a backlash after promoting Jesus as non-binary in their latest ‘woke’ advert welcoming families to Sunday School.
The advert features a bearded Jesus with boobs, makeup and a dress, dancing under a rainbow whilst shaking said boobs.
The ad went up on the church’s Facebook page but has since been deleted. However, it will be depicted on buses in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik for at least another two weeks.
The Church put out a statement apologising for any offence caused:
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 emphasise diversity, not to hurt people or shock them.
Petur Georg Markan, media rep for the Church of Iceland, said that it’s 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.
We know that not everyone agrees Christ should appear this way, and we do of course respect that.
Iceland Church’s advert featuring a Jesus with women’s breasts sparks outrage
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Well this is a tricky one. I thought all cultures were agreed that Jesus was a man and I’m not sure there’s any evidence out there whatsoever that suggests he was trans or non-binary. But while this is a weird move by the Church of Iceland, I get that they’re trying to be inclusive and open-minded and maybe expel some of the uptightness and conservatism usually associated with religion.
However… they had to have known this ad was going to spark a load of complaints. You don’t just stick a pair of tits on the son of God and not think people are going to freak out over it. I mean what would Jesus himself think? Probably wouldn’t be arsed to be honest considering everything else going in the world.
Regardless, I think being ‘offended’ by this whole thing is a bit much. OK it is a bit daft considering every single depiction of Jesus throughout time featured a ripped dude and not a trans woman or non-binary person with a beard and tits. Come to think of it – maybe those are supposed to be moobs and not actual tits?
Either way, very 2020 indeed. I reckon they should try pulling the same move with Muhammad and see how that works out.
To meet the ‘modern day Jesus’ on a mission to share his ‘super sperm’ around the world, click HERE. Just a tad bit creepy.