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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:

Miss Beverly Hills 2010 Lauren Ashley is also speaking out in support of 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.

"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


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Christine Beatty

Even if Ms. Ashley were a true beauty queen instead of a fraud — Beverly Hills has no such pageant and completely disowns her comments — what she has to say about a civil rights issue is irrelevant. What I find amazing is that she's so stupid as to claim a title that doesn't even exist, much less in her possession, and then sticks her head up in a manner impossible to ignore. Why do so many "Christians" find it necessary to lie to advance their belief system, like they did with their false Prop 8 claims? Don't they have faith that their God will do the right thing? Do they believe God favors those who lie and cheat most convincingly? Or do they believe that the ends justify the means and, because they are "right" that God will forgive them for not following Jesus' simple rules for treating our fellow human beings?


Who cares what a collection of Bronze Age fables says ? I don't . People who are silly enough to swallow the bible stories aren't serious enough to have their thoughts matter, on anything.




Before anyone ever opens their mouth on this topic again, they should be required to see the documentary, "For the Bible Tells Me so," http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/indexb.htm. Shortlisted for an Oscar, heralded at Sundance, this documentary enlightens those who assume they know something about the theological meaning of Leviticus and other Bible passages about homosexuality.



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