BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (RNS) Lord Jesus Christ has been booted from the library for recurring bad behavior.
Lord Jesus Christ, a 50-year-old transgender woman who had his name legally changed after a revelation from God, received an order on Sept. 8 from the Clapp Memorial Library Board of Trustees, warning of criminal charges if she appears in the library again.
Christ said Tuesday (Sept. 28) she has contacted a lawyer and is planning to sue the public library for discrimination.
Interviewed in her apartment, which is less than a half-mile away from the library, Christ said that all she can conclude is she is being targeted by the library because of who she is.
“I’m black, I’m transsexual and my name is Lord Jesus Christ,” she said.
The 50-year-old Detroit native is often seen about town in women’s clothing. During an interview, Christ was wearing heels, a mini skirt and a halter top.
Library director Owen Maloney said the library does not care how Jesus Christ dresses, but it does care how she acts inside the facility.
“It was his behavior in the library that was off-putting,” Maloney said. “He was very needy.”
He said Christ is always asking staff at the desk and other patrons for tissues, pencils or other things. “Often times he would try to put himself in the personal space of others,” Maloney said. “He was very rude.”
Asked how many people have been banned in his 21 years as director, Maloney said “Lord Jesus Christ is the first—and I suppose I’m going to burn in hell because of it.”
Stephen Lanphear, president of the Library Board of Trustees, said the board obtained a no-trespassing order against Christ after consulting with legal counsel and the town police chief.
Lanphear emphasized the action was result of ongoing “behavioral issues,” and to allow Christ to return to the library would be unfair to the patrons and to the staff, he said.
For her part, Christ said a “pocket of hate” at the library targeted her.
She said she used to go to the facility every day, sometimes for as much as 3 to 4 hours at a time to use the computers. “All I do is work. I don’t talk to anybody,” Christ said.
Christ said she blamed Maloney for directing the staff to give her a hard time. She said on one occasion, Maloney charged her with wearing provocative clothing as an attention ploy.
“For attention? What does that mean?” Christ asked.