Three days ago Andrew Sullivan blogged a short post titled “The Tired, Lame Bigotry Of Some Homosexuals.”

That post accused The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the San Francisco-based group of drag performers who dress up as nuns, of engaging in “smug, cheap and unfunny shots at the faith of other people,” pointing specifically to this video clip from the 32nd Annual “Hunky Jesus Contest,” held for maximum iconoclastic offense on Easter Sunday. Sullivan said the event “empower(s) every religious right prejudice about gays.”

Yesterday SFist printed the Sisters’ response, signed by Rev. Sr. Merry Peter. Here’s an extract:

The point of Hunky Jesus is to have fun and chip away at those hardened walls between sex and spirit so often reinforced by the bigotry of so-called Christians who deny the embodied, fleshy reality of Jesus the man who no doubt sported a woody or two in his lifetime here on earth and most definitely came with his own set of balls.

Rail against the supposed grief we cause believers and wrap yourself in self-righteous anger if it makes you feel good- it’s your shtick and in these tough times I know you need a paycheck.

But for the love of every young LGBTQI kid out there trying to find a way through this cruel world, please stop carping on about how events like Hunky Jesus “empower every religious right prejudice about gays.” Bigotry like that is irrational and self- generating. They hate us because we’re GAY, Andrew, period.

It’s actually the GAYS and all those stung by that hatred the Sisters try to help by creating space for a good belly laugh at all the holier-than-thou attitudes that keep us down. If we’re all going to Hell, there’s no reason we can’t have fun and look fabulous on the way! Full post

Nothing more from Sullivan on the matter to date. But there’s a pretty good debate going on about the matter at MetaFilter

For more on the history of the Sisters, check out their Wikipedia page.

Andrew Sullivan vs. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 29 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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