The Cathedral of Hope Church in Dallas, Texas received major backlash after the church invited drag queens on its stage to be blessed.
According to the church’s Facebook page, the church invited the drag queens on stage after the Texas Senate passed a bill that prevents drag queens from performing in front of kids in public.
The senior pastor of the Cathedral of Hope stated that he invited the drag queens on stage to be blessed because they were being “persecuted.”
The church later posted on their Facebook page “The term ‘family values’ has for so long been code language to support misogyny, homophobia, bigotry, and many other ways of hate and exclusion.”
Here’s the moment the drag queens were brought on stage:
Texas Church Blesses Drag Queens During LGBTQ+ Service
The Cathedral of Hope in Dallas recently held a service for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The service included the blessing of several drag queens, prompting protests outside the church. pic.twitter.com/HF8L06jSAn
— Ethan Harsell (@ethan_harsell) September 19, 2023
The banner on the wall says that this place is called The Cathedral of Hope. I wonder what they are hoping for?pic.twitter.com/m83nBpa0Yb
— General™️👀🇺🇸🦅 (@TheGeneral_0) September 19, 2023
Here’s what the Dallas Morning News reported:
Cathedral of Hope, a Dallas church, drew protests Sunday for inviting drag queens onto its stage for a blessing during their 10 a.m. service.
Around 40 people protested in front of the church’s property with signs and megaphones condemning LGBTQ people.
The church held its blessing ceremony to mark Dallas Pride and respond to Texas Senate Bill 12, commonly called the “drag bill.”
The bill was scheduled to take effect Sept. 1, but has been placed under a second temporary hold as of Sept. 13. Its current language could have implications not only for drag queens, who could face jail time for performing in public, but also for concerts, bachelorette parties, and pride parades in the state.
Senior Pastor Rev. Neil Thomas said the bill was a part of growing “persecution” of drag queens and transgender people in the US.
“It’s a pretty normal, natural thing for us to be vigilant specifically around issues that face the LGBTQ+ community,” he said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News ahead of the event, adding that his church is the world’s largest liberal church with a primary outreach to LGBTQ people.
BREAKING: The Cathedral of Hope, the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly church, hosted a “Drag Sunday” service honoring the satanic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. pic.twitter.com/s2cPRwHM3m
— The General (@GeneralMCNews) September 18, 2023
A church in Texas recently held an LGBTQ+ service where several drag queens were blessed, prompting protests from those in opposition outside the church.
On Sunday morning, the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas held a ceremony to bless members of the drag and charity organization, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, with church leaders saying during the service, “Drag queens are often targets of hate and violence. But we know that they are often powerful and resilient people who show us what it means to be truly authentic and expressive,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
In a Facebook post accompanying a video of the service, the Cathedral of Hope said, “The term ‘family values’ has for so long been code language to support misogyny, homophobia, bigotry, and many other ways of hate and exclusion…Take a journey as we explore values that move towards healthy families, meaningful connections, strong communities, and to see the good news of radical love and mercy embodied in us and our beloved Cathedral of Hope.”
One of the drag groups that were there was the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence previously sparked major controversy among Christians after their group staged strip dances on crosses.
Many of us love Jesus and believe He died on a cross for us. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence trans “nuns” pole-dance on the cross and mock Christians. The @Dodgers are not just inviting this group, but HONORING them. In this country, you are HONORED when you mock Jesus. Sick! pic.twitter.com/YBxU36eAR3
— Good America 🇺🇸 (@GoodAmerica1) June 1, 2023
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence event at Dallas Cathedral of Hope pic.twitter.com/5klLm9tioN
— Etherdamus (@etherdamus) September 13, 2023