Christian Hate-Pastor Greg Locke is furious that Netflix is airing a comedy show that pretends Jesus had a boyfriend. That show, The First Temptation of Christ, has already been the subject of controversy, so it’s not surprising that Locke thinks he can yell his way into relevance.
If you need a refresher, Locke is the guy who has said transgender people are “perverts,” that the sexual revolution leads to homosexuality and bestiality, that Planned Parenthood is really really evil, and allegedly abused his ex-wife. (He denies that last one.)
But nothing makes him angrier than a depiction of Gay Jesus.
— Pastor Greg Locke (@pastorlocke) December 15, 2019
Look, folks, at the end of the day, there are some things that are just off limits. Now Netflix produces a show about Jesus being a homosexual, when He’s 30 years old, He comes home to his family, and brings His boyfriend to meet them? Are you flipping kidding me?!
How much meth do you have to smoke to be that unbelievably stupid?! If they were to do that against Islam, and make Mohammed a gay person, the backlash would be unbelievable! They wouldn’t dare do that! And rightly so! And yet Christians are defending this utter wicked blasphemous nonsense?!
Oh, it’s just comedy. It’s not comedy. It’s blasphemy. Jesus was not a homosexual. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, and you condone a homosexual Jesus, I wonder and I question who you’re really following.
This is not a call to boycott Netflix. This is a call for Netflix to man up and realize how stupid this is. How unbelievably blasphemous this is. And pull the show.
It’s almost comical to see Christians make the argument that Netflix would never do this to Islam, because it shows just how ignorant they are. Locke makes it sound like Islam gets more respect than Christianity — or that radical Muslims would revolt and Netflix is afraid. It’s arguably something totally different. Most Americans just aren’t familiar enough with Islam to understand jokes about it.
Comedy only works if everyone understands the underlying premise. We know the Jesus story. We know Christianity. We know what conservative Christians do when the subject of homosexuality comes up. That’s why mocking Christianity isn’t unusual. (Locke himself is part of the problem; in 2015, when a school district wanted to educate students about Islam, Locke urged parents to tell their kids to fail on purpose.)
Also, Netflix doesn’t care if people are offended by the show. They air stand-up comedy specials from a variety of people who are deemed offensive — even Dave Chappelle has been condemned for his anti-transgender jokes. But they look at how many people are watching, and if people aren’t watching, they’ll pull the plug on future projects. It’s not complicated.
Finally, who the hell is watching the show and thinking it’s a documentary? No one thinks Jesus is actually gay. A lot of people joke about it precisely because of that.
It’s not surprising that Locke’s response is for people to avoid the show entirely because that’s what he always does when confronted with provocative ideas. Just a couple of months ago, after Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, sent Locke a copy of his book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American, Locke responded by burning the book.
He’s incapable of addressing new ideas. He chooses to avoid them.
All that said, if you’re looking for comedy but the Netflix Jesus show isn’t your thing, just watch more of Locke’s videos and I promise you’ll be laughing your ass off.