WORCESTER, Mass. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Holy Cross College is receiving backlash after one of its professors called Jesus a "drag king," going so far as to claim Our Lord sexually fantasized about God the Father.
"My Alma Mater," said Rick Meli on social media. "I stopped donating a while ago, for many good reasons."
"This guy is totally sick," Tess Bigg commented on Facebook. "Kick him out. How can this sicko teach our children?"
Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew, chair of New Testament Studies at the Worcester, Massachusetts school, wrote that "what we have in John's Jesus is not only a 'king of Israel' or 'king of the Ioudaioi [Jews],' but also a drag king."
In his most outrageous comments, Liew claimed, "Jesus himself needs others to cum with the Father."
"What I am suggesting is that, when Jesus' body is being penetrated, his thoughts are on his Father," Liew continued. "He is, in other words, imagining his passion experience as a (masochistic?) sexual relation with his own Father."
Church Militant contacted President of Holy Cross Fr. Philip Boroughs, S.J. to ask how he plans on responding to the backlash to Liew's blasphemy, particularly in light of Holy Week. John Hill, Media Relations Director, replied Thursday, "Thanks for reaching out. We'll get back to you later today on this." As of press time, there was no follow-up response.
Although Liew's claims were made in 2004 and 2009, they were brought to light through a March 26 article by Elinor Reilly, who wrote that Liew "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."
An explosion of reactions occurred online in response to Liew. More than 5,000 angry comments appear beneath a Breitbart article; and hundreds of comments beneath a Fox News article are uniformly negative.
People also expressed indignation on social media:
Holy Cross College recently dropped its knight mascot for fear of offending Muslim sensibilities.
In a letter issued in mid-March, Fr. Boroughs said the imagery of the Crusader knight "inevitably ties us directly to the reality of the religious wars and the violence of the Crusades."
"This imagery stands in contrast to our stated values," he claimed. "Over the coming months, the college will gradually phase out the use of all knight-related imagery."
Tradition, Family and Property has started a petition calling for Liew's removal as professor.
Contact the president of Holy Cross College, Fr. Philip Boroughs: firstname.lastname@example.org
*This article was updated on 3/29/2018 with new information