Some lady to some reporter: The Bible hates gays
What is it with the glut of thinly vetted Bible-thumping beauty queens? We're all familiar with Carrie Prejean (who, if you'll remember, was found to have been videotaped in some pre-"opposite marriage" sexual acts) and Sarah Palin. And now, seemingly out of nowhere, we have the self-styled Miss Beverly Hills, Lauren Ashley, whose views on homosexuality extend far beyond the relatively narrow realm of state-recognized matrimony:
"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.
"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."
Beyond the entertaining sideshow ensuing over the legitimacy of Ashley's Miss Beverly Hills tiara, one issue worth addressing is how this woman's flat-Earth views on gay marriage became newsworthy at all. The Fox News story said Ashley was "speaking out" against gay marriage -- but to whom? Only to this reporter? I'd go so far as to say that the story seems designed to lure people into blasting Ashley, feeding the conservative meme of angry gay activists pouncing on innocent souls who dare express their religious convictions.
That, or Ashley -- having witnessed Prejean and Palin ride their infamy on the left to book deals -- made a shrewd business calculation. At least she can't claim her views on gay marriage mirror President Obama's.
-- Paul Thornton