High school comedy Glee will gain a Christian character next season who disapproves of homosexuality.
Glee writer Ryan Murphy said he wrote in the female character to rebalance “jabs” made at America’s right-wing.
The Fox show has been praised for its sensitive yet direct handling of topics such as homosexuality, sex and teen pregnancy and applauded for its message of tolerance.
Murphy told TV Guide magazine: “I’m adding a Christian character. We’ve taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year, so what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognise and say, ‘Oh, look – I’m represented there, too!’.
“If we’re trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we’ve got to include that point of view as well.”
He added that the unnamed character would disagree with gay character Kurt Hummel’s sexuality, as well as objecting to some of the more sexually-charged performances by the Glee Club.
Murphy also revealed that Rachel Berry’s gay dads will stay in the background for at least another season, saying: “I like feeling their parenting influence without meeting them.”