‘Deeply Distressing’: Play About Transgender Jesus Stokes Backlash After Teachers’ Union Promotes It

‘Deeply Distressing’: Play About Transgender Jesus Stokes Backlash After Teachers’ Union Promotes It


A teachers’ union in Scotland outraged Christians by promoting a controversial play that depicts Jesus Christ as transgender.

The Education Institute of Scotland (EIS), a union that claims to represent approximately 80% of the country’s lecturers and teachers, is holding a Pride event that will feature excerpts from the play titled “The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven,” according to The Christian Institute.

“The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven,” was written by Jo Clifford, a transgender person who used to go by the name John. It is slated to feature at “School’s Almost Out! Celebrate Pride,” on June 17 and “invites us to imagine Jesus coming back to Earth in the present day as a trans woman,” according to the EIS.

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Clifford, who identifies as female and Christian, explained to the BBC in 2015 that “the play imagines a transgender Jesus coming back to the world today. She pitches a sermon and tells a few very familiar gospel stories.”

“She has

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