Friday, May 1, 2009

Miley Cyrus in Trouble Again

Miley Cyrus can't seem to stay out of trouble. The headline on the Christian Post on April 28 is, "Miley Versus Jesus on Marriage." Poor Miley. All she did was make an assertion that Jesus loves gay people. She's just an ordinary 16-year-old teenager trying to make a few million dollars each year. I'm sure it never entered her mind that anyone would assert that she was "taking on Jesus" on the issue of marriage. The Christian Post said, "Today, the majority of America's daughters - even those in the Church - are being heavily influenced by Hollywood singers such as Miley Cyrus and Heidi Montag, both who say they are Christians, yet hold non-Christian views on marriage. Right now, their pro-homosexual ' marriage' values are reaching millions of young people through MTV and other media outlets."

What did Miley say? The following statements, which are accurate as far as I can determine, are taken from Miley's twitter conversation with Perez Hilton.

“Jesus loves you AND your partner and wants you to know how much he cares! thats like a daddy not loving his lil boy cuz hes gay and that is WRONG and very sad! like i said everyone deserves to be happy (sic).”

“i am a christian and i love you - gay or not. BECAUSE you are no different that
anyone else! we are all gods children!”

"ya thats lame! God’s greatest commandment is to love. And judging is not loving. That’s why Christians have such a bad rep. "

The Christian Post went on to cite numerous passages from the New Testament quoting Jesus in to show that Jesus does not support Miley's beliefs and assertions. Very interesting because Miley never made a statement explicitly in support of gay marriage. She focused on God loving everyone. How naive of her.

But what's the real issue here? It's hard to believe that the issue is about what a 16-year-old said on twitter. It seems to me that the Christian Post was using Miley as a convenient target to attack gay marriage. An article in the Christian Post after Iowa legalized gay marriages was much more subdued. Is the Christian Post really more concerned about what Miley Cyrus and young people through MTV are saying as opposed to the Supreme Court of the state of Iowa? Some might consider Miley's last statement ill considered. But it wasn't that long ago that Anita Bryant went to California to deny gay rights. That was ugly, not just a bad reputation.

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