College Student’s ’God is Gay’ Slam Poetry Vid Goes Viral
A video of a slam poetry performance titled "God is Gay" by a student from the University of North Carolina has gone viral, Time magazine reports.
The controversial poem was performed by Elliot Darrow, 20, who identifies as a straight male but is an "out Christian." Darrow says he got the idea for the poem two years ago when he wondered if God is gay.
"I personally believe that God is not a sexual being, but at the same time, to make a statement, what if He were, was all in an attempt to show people that even God, who we all see as infallible, still has human traits, such as sexuality, or loves people of a specific gender or identity," Darrow told the publication.
He then looked over the Bible in order to see how Christians should view the LGBT community.
"I've seen so many people, in my mind, misuse the Bible to preach not necessarily hatred, but just ignorance toward people who are of other preferences," he told Time magazine. "I want to show that regardless of how someone identifies, God wants to love them, and God does love them. The best way I've found to do that is to use the Bible, to use teachings that I have been taught."
In his epic poem, which was performed at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational at Barnard College in New York, Darrow points out specific Bible passages but with a positive LGBT spin: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth / and it wasn't just good, it was fabulous" and "Keep in mind Jesus had two dads and turned out just fine / In fact, Jesus had two dads and a surrogate mother / That never had sex with either of them / Maybe Mary was a lesbian."
Another great part of the poem: "Pray for us sinners / For we have become blinded by bigotry / And forgotten that God gave us the rainbow / As a promise that we will never be flooded again / Either with rain or ignorance / And now all the homosexual Homo sapiens / Stand more united under God's rainbow / Than all of his denominations do around the cross"
Throughout the video, the audience cheers and applauds Darrow on for his controversial statements. As of this writing, the clip has nearly 132,000 views and 5,392 likes.
The student says he hopes his message will counter vehemently anti-gay groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, which touts the message "God hates fags."
"I've always had such a loving relationship with the church," Darrow told Time magazine. "All people should be afforded that, regardless of their orientation, their creed, gender."
You can read the full text of the poem over at Time magazine, and watch the video below: