The Bishop of Oslo is fuming today about a video featuring simulated gay sex with a priest filmed in a church. The singer is Tooji. The title is “The Father Project” and the song, the artist and his message are brilliant.
Tooji, born Touraj Keshtkar in Iran, moved to Norway when he was one. Kadoom.com also revealed he was featured on MTV Norway, began modeling and garnered international attention in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Keenly aware of the struggles of the LGBT community in his native Iran in particular, he both came out and announced his new album on Twitter.
As carried by the Huffington Post, The Right Reverend Ole Christian Kvarme, the Bishop of Oslo, has this to say: “No matter what the video’s message might be or who the artist might be, footage of intimate scenes in front of the altar is unacceptable” adding “A scene shot between a man and a woman would also be unacceptable.”
What Tooji found unacceptable was the intolerance faced by the LGBT community especially by the Church:
“For all those who feel ashamed with their beliefs, that are told that God doesn’t accept them, Let me tell you: You are a part of God and what you have is the purest gift. Any love between two grown-up, consenting adults — no matter gender, no matter race — is pure … I am gay and I stand up for my rights and that is why I made the video ‘Father.'”
You can follow him on Facebook and he also released the artwork on Instagram:
A few stills that raised the hackles of the faithful …
And the video that will raise applause from the rest of us …
Previously: Hot or Not? Gay Priest Porn