When it comes to condemning someone’s faith I’ll need a better source.
The Academy Awards were announced yesterday and, as expected, Lady Gaga received two nominations. One was for her role in the film “A Star Is Born”, and the other is for the song “Shallow”, on which she is a co-writer. What should have been viewed as good news was highly anticipated, as the film was positioned as one of the favorites going into the Oscars. However Ms. Gaga does not seem all that happy.
Just days ahead of the announcement the singer was performing in Las Vegas, and during her set she took the time to pause and deliver a barb-filled political message. As she first addressed the government shutdown (the nation is now jubilant as she has lent her opposition to the issue) she then took the time to segue into delivering invective towards Vice President Mike Pence.
“You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian,” the singer stated, in her revealing sequined leotard. If you think it odd that the meat-wearing entertainer is weighing in on the theistic bonafides of a politician well, the item that set her off will be even more confounding. It is that Pence’s wife took a job at a private school as an art teacher.
“And to Mike Pence who thinks that it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ. You are wrong. You said we should not discriminate against Christianity? You’re the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian,” Gaga said to a cheering crowd. “I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
The video of her lecture is here:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 21, 2019
It seems revealing that while she delivers what sounds like scorn from within the faith she uses terms that emanate from a removed source. “You say we should not discriminate against Christianity” are the words that would be spoken by those on the outside. And in discussing “what I do know about” Christianity it sure sounds like someone studying from afar, not one who feels they exist within the faith.
But note her stark contradiction while delivering her hectoring message. She takes issue with supposed prejudice, and being unwelcoming, while casting harsh judgement about another’s faith. This is not the action of someone operating within the Christian framework. Where does her own tolerance exist? Where is her willingness to forgive and reach out to assist, if she is convinced of errant practice?
What led to this particular condemnation is a recent announcement made that Karen Pence would be teaching an art class two days a week at Immanuel Christian School, in Springfield, Virginia. ICS has a policy that disallows LGBTQ students, and this interpreted level of intolerance is foisted upon Karen, and then is projected onto the Vice President.
The result? Pence is declared the “worst Christian” because a Christian school adheres to Christian principles.
What has Lady Gaga (an avowed supporter of gay agendas) in a dander is the school issues a parental agreement that outlines what they deem to be moral standards that need to followed:
“Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law”
Seems that this is not unfairly targeting Gaga’s beloved group, as it is a blanket statement of a moral code. While homosexual activity is in fact addressed, that is preceded by declaring immoral heterosexual activity is also disallowed. That hardly then can be declared as discriminatory.
What gets lost in the social signaling furor of course is that there need not be a focus placed on the sexual activities of the students by entertainers and the media. ICS is a school that teaches students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Putting the focus on matters of a sexual nature, in a Christian school, is an effort at injecting secular standards onto a religious institution, and then delivering scorn for not following a secular conscript.
That this comes from a singer who last appeared at the Oscars singing about sexxual assault victims is somewhat priceless. The film that her song was featured in that year? It was produced by Harvey Weinstein, well before his scandal was made public, but at a time when his sexual predatory behavior was an “open secret” in Hollywood. Again, I may need a more resolute source on what makes a “proper” Christian.
The hollowness of Gaga’s charge here is exposed if we are to apply the same measurement to the standards of the entertainment and press elitess. Were they not the same crowd who expressed outrage at the concept of a husband telling his wife how to vote? Now they are sending the message a husband SHOULD be directing his wife on how to behave, but now it is in order to meet the standards of those who said that kind of action is wrong.
Huh. Seems hypocritical, and therefore of no substance. Same result if a Christian school were to turn away from the teachings in the Bible to appease the social activists in Hollywood.