Pop star Miley Cyrus asked her Twitter followers Thursday to go after U.S. Sen Tom Cotton because of his support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Cyrus included the Arkansas Republican’s Washington, D.C. office number, exhorting her fans to “stir some sh-t up” when they call.
Let’s stir some shit up! Senator Cotton (202) 224-2353 !!!! Happy Hippies call & express why freedom is important to us & our country!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 2, 2015
Freedom? Isn’t that what Indiana’s Religious freedom bill was all about? To assure that those of faith won’t be forced to act against their principles and beliefs? But Cyrus had a totally different notion of “freedom.” She tweeted:
Senator Cotton thinks gay community needs to get “perspective” cuz “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.” — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 2, 2015
The quote she referred to came from a CNN interview, in which Cotton said,
“I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” Monday. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”
They also kill women for showing faces and being raped. But you go on ahead and pretend that Cotton is somehow worse. @MileyCyrus
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Hey everyone, @MileyCyrus wants to get in on politics. I hope you’ve all had your shots.
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@Dwarfclone who knew twerking damages your brain so badly?
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Cyrus is missing the point of America’s freedom to practice the religion of their choice.
General merchants can never deny serving the public at-large. But personal service contracts are a different matter altogether.
It’s unfair to force someone to use their talent — be it baking, photography or whatever — to advance something, such as same-sex marriage, that runs contrary to their religious beliefs.
Cyrus, if anyone, should understand that. Would she be interested in performing at an event that promotes traditional marriage? No? How about a ant-gun artist performing at the National Rifle Association’s convention.
Granted, the NRA is hardly a protected class, but you get the idea. Cyrus apparently doesn’t.
Also not getting the point is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. After he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last month, he reversed course because of the storm of negative publicity the law received.
He asked the legislature to amend the law, which it did Thursday, according to The Hill, which reported:
Thursday’s changes prohibit Indiana businesses from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The new language also forbids using the law as a legal defense for denying services to similar protected groups.
In short, the law is gutted.
Cyrus did manage to lavish praise on one person, however — Apple CEO Tim Cook, who excoriated the Indiana bill.
Thank yiew Tim Cook & Apple for standing up for equality! Thank you for keeping this country moving forward and evolving!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 30, 2015
There’s only one problem. Apple Computer maintains manufacturing facilities in Malaysia. Malaysia is one of those countries that Cotton referenced. Homosexuality is a crime there.
Cyrus should stick to singing and leave the heavy thinking to others.
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