I realize that this news came out earlier this week. I was considering reporting on this new interview with Carrie Underwood in The Sun, and Kaiser reminded me of it. Apparently Carrie is in the UK now to promote her tour. She performs a sold out show at Royal Albert Hall in London tomorrow night. In an interview with The Independent this weekend, Carrie mentioned that as a Christian she supports gay marriage. She explained it very well. Carrie said that she can’t imagine how it would feel “to be told I can’t marry somebody I love,” adding that “above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me.‘” It was a wonderful, inclusive way to explain her viewpoint, and most of the US agrees with her. Of course some groups are on her for it, claiming that she’s saying that being against gay marriage is not being Christian. I hate these debates, and I’m on Carrie’s side. Here’s more:
Underwood, who is a strongly believing Christian herself, spoke to the British newspaper the Independent about why she endorses marriage equality.
“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” Underwood said. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
The 29-year-old “American Idol” winner also told the publication that she was brought up as a Baptist but now goes to a non-denominational church with her husband, Mike Fisher, a hockey player.
“Our church is gay friendly,” the “Jesus, Take the Wheel” singer said. “Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ’everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”
Many fans that don’t share the same views as Underwood have turned their backs on the country star, however. Some have taken to social media to attack the star, Gay Star News notes.
“I warned @carrieunderwood fans that their idol was going to get backlash for her support of marriage perversion and I was right! #asusual,” one person tweeted.
“@carrieunderwood Is a disgrace. Being vegan and supporting gay marriage doesn’t seem very country at all,” another said.
“Another day, and a another ’gospel’ artist signed to ’EMI’ comes out supporting gay marriage.@carrieunderwood Unequally signed to the devil,” someone wrote.
GLAAD also launched a Twitter campaign in order to support Underwood. The organization wants supporters to tweet words of encouragement to the singer with the hash tag #supportcarrie.
Not only did fans slam the country singer for her pro-gay stance but also a pastor from Franklin, Tenn. did, as Crushable.com points out. Scotty Smith, the pastor of Franklin’s Christ Community Church, talked about Underwood’s statements on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“What she said in that interview, unfortunately, has increasingly become a pretty broken understanding of what the Bible is saying. You want to listen to the Scripture in terms of what it says about everything, including marriage, including sexuality.”
When the ultra conservative websites Life Site News and Free Republic reported the story swarms of readers voiced their disapproval of Underwood’s support for same-sex marriage.
“Using Christianity to defend and promote homosexuality is insulting. Ugh,” someone said. “Being Saved doesn’t stop you from being dumb,” another wrote. “Jesus just let go of the wheel,” a commenter said.
This only makes me like Carrie and root for her. I can’t believe some of the nasty things that people say when confronted with an issue they don’t agree with. She wasn’t going after anyone personally or calling them bad Christians, she was just explaining her viewpoint on it.
Getting back to Carrie, she said some funny, mildly bitchy things in that new interview with The Sun I mentioned. They have a video up of the whole interview and she comes off much nicer in person than she does in print. When she explained how she wanted to make country music more popular in the UK she kind of dissed rap and pop music. (That’s at 3:30 into the video there.)
“I don’t really know why country music isn’t popular in the UK but I’m hoping to change that.
“Country music is all about people, it’s about how you live, it’s not about pimped out limos and bling bling.”
She also said that if someone made a movie of her life she’d like Reese Witherspoon to play her – of course she would! It wasn’t like Carrie volunteered that out of the blue, she was asked that specific question and she answered it. She thought she was too young for a movie about her life, but said that if she died tomorrow she would want Reese. Those two seem like they have a lot in common, don’t they?
Carrie is shown outside the BBC on 6-18-12 and at the American Idol finale on 5-23-12. Credit: WENN.com and FameFlynet
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