Christian Music Star Jennifer Knapp Comes Out Lesbian

by Luke Muehlhauser on May 8, 2010 in General Atheism

I grew up in the 90s, the heydey of Contemporary Christian Music, and I listened to Jennifer Knapp. Though, I was more excited by DC Talk and Carman and Newsboys. The Newsboys song “Lost the Plotstill resonates with me when I consider Christians who think Jesus’ mission was about faith more than love (they’ve lost the plot). “Breakfast” is also a good listen: a catchy, uplifting song about eternal torture.

Anyway, Jennifer Knapp has come out as a lesbian.

LARRY KING: When [did you know]… was their a realization?

JENNIFER KNAPP: Yeah, when I fell in love with a beautiful woman…

Here’s part one of her interview Larry King.

Transcript at CNN.

Maybe the most interesting stuff is in part 2, where a Christian pastor can’t help looking like an asshole for condemning Jennifer for falling in love with a beautiful woman.

Previous post:

Next post:

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Almost Chris May 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Wow, that brings back memories. I bought and listened to Jennifer Knapp and Newboys pretty frequently in my fundie days of the early 2000′s.

  (Quote)

David May 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

That second part of the interview is painful to watch. Even with the softballs that King throws, he skewered the pastor on the “choice” aspect.

  (Quote)

Bill Maher May 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I don’t mean this in a derogatory way, but she kind of looks like a lesbian.

  (Quote)

RA May 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Say it ain’t so!!!

  (Quote)

Charles May 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm

They really needed a scientist on the panel to push back on the “choice” question.

  (Quote)

J Wahler May 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

And what if it wasn’t a choice? Would it still be morally neutral if it was a choice? I seem to think it would be as morally neutral as heterosexual desires are, unless of course those desires (homo or hetero) tended to thwart other desires (i.e.rape, incest, pedophilia, etc.) Not saying it is a choice per se, just pointing out what a non-sequitur the so-called ‘choice’ part of this debate really is. We condemn behaviors all the time that are apparently not chosen i.e. schizophrenic murder as much as we condemn behavior that is in a sense explicitly chosen i.e. spousal abuse (degree of punishments aside). Of what use is it to ask in the case of homosexuality “Is it a choice” if it is not immoral? But if it is indeed immoral behavior as well as chosen, then the faithful have an objection. As it turns out though, it is neither immoral (unless DCT is true) or completely chosen. In other words,’choice’ is often superfluous in matters of deciding whether a particular behavior is worthy of praise or condemnation. Equity for homosexuals should be argued as such a case.

  (Quote)

End of Daze May 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

My desires have not been thwarted.

  (Quote)

lukeprog May 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I thought it was interesting that Knapp wasn’t sure whether her homosexuality was a choice or not.

  (Quote)

jaymes May 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Oh man, DC Talk and Newsboys. I loved them. “Take me to you Leader” was one of my favorite albums as a teen. “Jesus Freak” was great too – I still listen to that one every once and awhile. It holds up pretty well, even to an atheist. lol at Carman!

  (Quote)

anon May 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

lol at Carman!

Thats one thing that all theists and atheists can agree on.

  (Quote)

lukeprog May 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

lol at Carman!

Carman is a badass. I once performed this skit in front of my church with some friends.

MUAHAHAHA. Good times.

  (Quote)

Eric M. May 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm

lol at Carman!  

Damn, I thought Carmen was pretty epic back in the day.

  (Quote)

Silver Bullet May 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

It was plain hard to watch all 3 of them talking mostly nonsense. When Christians get together and talk about their faith, it all just sounds like babble to me.

I’m not sure which of the three I’m more embarrassed for, some betraying their faith more than others, but all betraying reason like banshees.

Watching this was a total waste of my time. I wanted to puke every time I heard the words “sacred scripture”.

I wish Sam Harris had been on the panel to reveal precisely how batshit they all are, but thankfully, he’s too busy with more important topics.

  (Quote)

jaymes May 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Carman is a badass. I once performed this skit in front of my church with some friends.

That first video was one the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. I’ve completely changed my mind about Carman.

  (Quote)

lukeprog May 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Everything on TV is better with Sam Harris. :)

  (Quote)

Josh May 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Carman is a badass. I once performed this skit in front of my church with some friends.MUAHAHAHA. Good times.  

Haha this is simultaneously hilarious and sort of scary…

  (Quote)

noen May 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm

“I was more excited by DC Talk and Carman and Newsboys. The Newsboys song “Lost the Plot” still resonates with me…”

Hunny, you’re not really an atheist, and dear god Carman is bad. Do you kiddies have no taste in music?

  (Quote)

lukeprog May 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm

noen,

Luckily, I’ve since acquired different tastes in music. But what do you mean I’m ‘not really an atheist’?

  (Quote)

MarkD May 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

This was ear opening: I wasn’t even aware there were bad Xtian videos. Luke, you missed “Another Green World” by Eno and “Songs from the Wood” by Jethro Tull, but we all have our faults.

  (Quote)

DoAtheistsExist? May 9, 2010 at 5:33 am

oops, typo on the post- *there
sorry to be pretentious :P

  (Quote)

Atheist.pig May 9, 2010 at 6:38 am

I thought it was interesting that Knapp wasn’t sure whether her homosexuality was a choice or not.  

I suspect primate sexuality is a lot more complex than many of us realize.

  (Quote)

Ed May 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm

WOW…Newsboys and DC talk! I did love them both in my christian days. Well, I still like them but haven’t listened to them since my deconversion a year ago. Luke, that’s so funny…I was just singing “lost the plot” the other day, it was my favorite. As for Carmen, yes I listened to him too…and did a skit also (I’m so ashamed).

  (Quote)

Landon Hedrick May 10, 2010 at 6:42 am

I thought Jennifer started the interview alright, but she started coming off poorly at some point and she never recovered. She has had years to think of how she would answer the kinds of questions and arguments that would be thrown her way, and she responded as if she’d never really thought much about it. Maybe that’s fine ordinarily, but not when you’re going on national television and playing an important role.

The pastor came off as I would expect of a loving and caring pastor. I just wish somebody would stuff him when he keeps saying that the Bible is the truth and that since it says that homosexuality is wrong, therefore homosexuality is wrong.

Larry did alright, but he was basically circling around a couple of arguments against the pastor without much success. He did stump him once, but it would have been nice to see somebody do a better job of it.

The most likable person in the whole segment was surprisingly Ted Haggard. I thought I really didn’t like him after seeing him in Dawkins’ documentary, but I think he redeemed himself a little bit here.

  (Quote)

lawrence May 10, 2010 at 7:07 am

I am always attracted by pretty girls, I am a girl, aged 23. At present I found a good site for lesbians named ___leskissing.com___! Very easy to join. You can search my username “Tomesusanles” and view my information and photos. Wink at me if you want to chat with me!

  (Quote)

al friedlander May 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

“The most likable person in the whole segment was surprisingly Ted Haggard. I thought I really didn’t like him after seeing him in Dawkins’ documentary, but I think he redeemed himself a little bit here”

I understand what you mean here (I also saw the Dawkins’ documentary). Still, I have to say, I get this… ‘fishy’ feeling from him still. It’s hard to explain; perhaps I just interpreted his ‘wishy-washy’ view of scripture as sort of a ‘justification’ for his own controversial actions in the past. Though still, I am glad that he ‘changed’, no matter what his reasons may be.

“I am always attracted by pretty girls, I am a girl, aged 23″

Your name is also Lawrence.

Just saying.

  (Quote)

aehelmke May 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I watched the whole interview, and what the pastor says is not really surprising–very run of the mill conservative viewpoints on the issue. I think the real issue within the church (as a ex-believer) is sexuality. Christians cannot form a proper view of the discussion of heterosexuality in general, not to mention homosexuality. Jennifer has been in a relationship for 8 years, and that is more than some Christians. Starting at youth, at least where I was growing up, sexuality was nearly denounced as a sin. It is not really talked about (save a thing for marriage) and there are grey lines where to draw lines on romantic relationship involvement. And what the hell does Paul know about sexuality? He never even had a wife, or a man to hold his luggage (well, maybe he did). Christians need to stop this fetishism over Paul. And I thought John 8 was added later in the Bible and is not taken seriously by scholars…

  (Quote)

Leave a Comment