A new network series that uses Christianity to push gay and polygamous lifestyles while condemning Christians as holier-than-thou bigots? How original!
Last week, ABC premiered their new drama, Queens, about the stars of a ‘90s R&B girl group reuniting in their 40s to perform and recapture their former glory. During the course of the pilot, one of the stars, Jill (Naturi Naughton), a practicing Catholic whose husband is a deacon at their church, came out as a lesbian and left her husband for her girlfriend.
On Tuesday’s episode, “Heart of Queens,” Jill is with her girlfriend when her husband, Darren, comes home with a solution to save their marriage: polygamy. Worse, he claims prayer and Scripture guided him to the idea:
Darren: You hurt me, Jill. But I thought about it. I prayed. And I know I can't change your mind, but you are the love of my life, and what I cannot accept is the notion that you don't love me, too.
Jill: I care about you deeply, Darren, and that will never change –
Darren: Exactly. You love Tina. I love you. You love me. Let's all be in love together. I struggled with this, but I let the scripture guide me. Esau had multiple wives. The Bible does not explicitly condemn polyamory. Look, you know I'm more of a Brad Paisley guy, but I wrote a rap. See? ♪ The glamoury of polyamory ♪
Jill: Okay, no. D-don't. Um...Darren, I will forever regret how I hurt you, but I am in love with someone else. A woman. I'm choosing to be myself for the first time in my life, and I am sorry, but it just doesn't include you the way that you want.
Darren: I'm sorry, too. I will never stop loving you.
Darren bears the brunt of Jill’s choice to break her marriage vows to “be herself” sexually, but she quickly finds out she can’t just publicly flaunt her new sexual preference without consequences.
At church on Sunday, Jill goes up to receive communion as normal but the priest admonishes her, saying, “Holy Communion signifies that we are one with God. And we can only receive the Body and Blood of Christ when our souls are free of sin. All those who are not pure must be denied.” She storms out of the church angry – maybe she thought her stardom meant she doesn’t have to abide by basic Catholic Church teachings on marriage and sex?
At the end of the episode, Jill goes up to the priest with her girlfriend at her side and defiantly tells him, “I'm black. I'm gay. I rap. I'm also a woman of God, and this is my church. So you can turn me away with your bigotry disguised as holiness, but I will never stop coming. I will not be shamed anymore.”
The real bigots are the ones in Hollywood attacking Christians for their faith at every turn. We will not be shamed, but we will stop watching.