This thesis is hardly new. In fact, it's an old, tired effort by the atheist left to discredit Christianity. But why would a Anglican priest feel so compelled to address this in a Good Friday message? Of course, Jesus was the first persecuted gay:
All that, I felt deeply, had to be addressed on Good Friday. I saw it as an act of penitence for the suffering and persecution of homosexual people that still persists in many parts of the church. Few readers of this column are likely to be outraged any more than the liberal congregation to whom I was preaching, yet I am only too aware how hurtful these reflections will be to most theologically conservative or simply traditional Christians. The essential question for me is: what does love demand? For my critics it is more often: what does scripture say? In this case, both point in the same direction.
In all of this trash is one interesting point: would Jesus have been fully human if he were devoid of sexuality. In other words, if we assume Jesus was celibate for his entire life, from what sexual lifestyle was he abstaining? Contrary to what he says here, there is no evidence in the Bible it was homosexuality. But consider this; why does this matter? Isn't that what we're always told? Here's why it matter's to the author: because he wants to put gays on the same crucifix as Christ. He wants to show that they've suffered as Jesus did. This is such a corruption of scripture that it's amazing the Anglican Church is of New Zealand is still in existence.