Yes, this picture really is him.
Craig Duke was relieved of his duties as lead pastor of Newburgh United Methodist Church (NUMC) on Dec. 1 after he performed as a drag queen in the HBO series "We're Here."
Duke is 62 years old, married, and has somehow been a Methodist minister for 30 years. His wife Linda resigned from her position as "pastor of youth ministry" at NUMC. Their daughter is also reportedly pansexual (whatever that means).
Duke appeared in a Nov. 8 episode of the show. He was "shown preaching to his congregation about love before transitioning into singing Kesha's song 'We Are Who We Are' with 'drag mother' Eureka O'Hara," according to the Christian Post.
Of course, we will have to take their word for it because y'all already know I am not watching it to find out for myself.
Mitch Gieselman, superintendent of the South and Southwest Districts of the Indiana UMC Conference, sent a letter to NUMC on Nov. 26 to clarify that Duke was not fired or suspended.
You'd think a grown man engaging in sexual deviance would be enough to actually fire him, but no. You can't make this stuff up:
"Craig has not 'resigned,' nor has he been 'fired,' as these are not actions that are consistent with our appointment system. While there is a diversity of opinion regarding the moral implications of Rev. Duke's actions, he has not been found to have committed any chargeable offense or other violation of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.
So, a grown man dressing up as a female sex pot and dancing and singing for crowds is not a violation in the United Methodist Book of Discipline? Cool.
Nice work over there, UMC.