During a speech at Kirchentag (German Protestant Church Assembly), Quinton Ceasar, a German Protestant pastor declared that “God is queer.” He also stated that “Black lives always matter.” The pastor expressed the belief that God stands with those who find themselves marginalized, unseen, or unacknowledged. Some individuals on social media criticized his comments, labeling them as “heresy and blasphemy” and also branded him as a “pseudo pastor.” Notably, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party took to Twitter, asserting that the Evangelical Church had deviated entirely from the principles of the Christian faith in light of Ceasar’s speech. Ceasar expressed surprise at the intensity of the backlash, stating that he did not anticipate such a wave of hatred directed toward him.
The Jerusalem Post reports:
A German Protestant pastor named Quinton Ceasar stated that “God is queer” and that “black lives always matter” in a speech at the German Protestant Church Assembly (Kirchentag) last week.
“Now is the time to say: Black lives always matter. Now is the time to say God is queer. Now is the time to say: We leave no one to die. Now is the time to say we send a ship and much more and we welcome people at safe harbors, safer spaces for all,” said Ceasar at the closing service of the assembly.
“God is always on the side of those on the margins, who are unseen or unnamed. And if God is there, then there is our place,” added the pastor. “Love has never been a mass movement. But I’m an optimist.”
The comments drew some criticism, with some social media users referring to the speech as “heresy and blasphemy” and others calling him a “pseudo pastor.”
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party tweeted that “the Evangelical Church has completely distanced itself from the Christian faith” after the speech.
In response to the backlash he received from some social media users, Ceasar told Die Welt that he received many “crass posts” from the fundamentalist-Evangelical spectrum and that he “didn’t expect this wave of hate.”
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