>Lauren Ashley’s foot-in-mouth moment


Thanks to Womanist Musings for alerting me to this post. According to FOXNews.com, Ashley, who will be representing Beverly Hills in the Miss California Pageant in November, is coming out in support of what the website calls “traditional nuptials.”

“The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. In Leviticus it says, ‘If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.’ The Bible is pretty black and white,” Ashley told Pop Tarts. 

She went on: 

“I feel like God himself created mankind and he loves everyone, and he has the best for everyone. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is going to bring death upon you, that’s a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life.” 

When asked if she was concerned about her comments hurting her chances: 

“That isn’t really the issue. I have a lot of friends that are gay, and … I have a lot of friends who have different views, and we share our views together,” she said. “There’s no hate between me and anyone.” 

Okay, fine. You are entitled to have your view that marriage is between a man and a woman. You’re also entitled to believe that gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual people are inferior and thus do not deserve the same equal protection under the law. 

My problem with Bible literalists (yes, I made that one up) is they like to point to a text written by their so-called God and use it as proof to justify their hatred, bigotry and superiority over those who are different from them. The Bible has lots of edicts that people do not live by, such as women submitting to the man and allowing him to “lead.” 

God knows more about we do than life? Is she serious? That’s probably the most sophomoric interpretation of Christianity and God I’ve ever heard. This is the problem with Bible interpretation. It’s been deduced to basic, juvenile interpretations and explanations that people often neglect to ask the necessary questions and do the cumbersome research that requires true understanding of a certain text. Instead of finding “truth” and coming up with their own interpretations, people instead rely on pastors and other religious leaders who often are promoting their own interests and shoving their opinions and beliefs down the throats of their congregation. 

So, Lauren, you have friends that were gay? I’m sure they are delighted to know how you truly feel about what you and your like-minded evangelical Christian friends call “lifestyle choices.” I’m sure they are pleased that you have given your belief as to what will happen to them if your God returns to Earth. I’m sure they are so encouraged that you believe they will be struck down by this mythical creature for loving another human being who happens to share their gender. 

Some friend…