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Carrie Underwood Faces Right-Wing Backlash Over Remarks Supporting Marriage Equality

Earlier this month, Carrie Underwood expressed her support for marriage equality in an interview with the UK's Independent, noting that noted that her church is gay-friendly and it isn't her job to judge people:

Underwood"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," she 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."

She's now facing right-wing backlash, the AP reports:

Speaking in London, Underwood was uncomfortable revisiting the subject and said she was staying away from reading the reactions.

"I was asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and I answered it the best way I knew how, and after that I do what I do and I love making music and I generally try to stay out of any kind of controversy," she told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

That said, Underwood is a former "American Idol" and Grammy winner who knows what she says will be heard.

"The role-model word is really scary to me, because no matter what happens in your life, something you do, wear, say, sing, whatever — somebody somewhere is probably not going to like it too well," she said. "I just really try hard to do what I do and try to be nice to people and make great music and if people think they can look up to that, that's wonderful. If not, that's OK too."

FarahAnd this morning, a lashing from World Net Daily's Joseph Farah:

Carrie Underwood suggests God did not set rules. Yes, He did. The Ten Commandments are not suggestions. They represent the difference between life and death.

She says, “It’s not up to me to judge anybody.” This has become something of a mantra in the apostate church. But it is a misunderstanding of what Jesus meant when He said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” The context of that sermon makes it clear that Jesus meant to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Others are not to be judged unfairly. He didn’t mean we aren’t supposed to confront people with their sin so they could be brought to repentance, because He Himself commanded us to do just that.

God did warn us not to profane His holy name.

I don’t think that just means misusing His name as a curse word. I think we do that when we represent ourselves as followers of God but betray His Word.

That’s blasphemy – and there’s just too much of it coming from people claiming to be Christians.

GLAAD last week launched a 'Support Carrie' campaign. "Show your support by tweeting to Carrie (@carrieunderwood) using #supportcarrie."

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  1. Um, he needs to read the ten commandments.

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 20, 2012 11:33:33 AM


  2. So the Christianists strike again. They say they take the Bible literally, but then turn around and say it doesn't say what it really says? "Judge not, lest ye be judged" applies to everyone, in every situation, literally. What pathetic hypocrites!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 20, 2012 11:33:35 AM


  3. God Bless Carrie Underwood for standing up for what she believes, she is a real Christian and American. America is still free and we can stand up for the truth and what we believe and the anti-gay Christian Nazis need to be stopped before they make America into an other crazy mad man Hitler Christian dictatorship using the Christians to kill and imprison LGBT people and minority religions and anybody else they want to destroy.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 20, 2012 11:34:09 AM


  4. Time for me to buy a Carrie Underwood album. Like, right now.

    Posted by: Philip Barron | Jun 20, 2012 11:37:29 AM


  5. World Net Daily is the right wing crazy equivalent of left wing crazy Daily Kos. They are all idiots.

    @Dave - Good comment

    @Jack M - Yes, the Christians strike again. Meanwhile in Iran, they are hanging us gay guys for committing scary sodomy. You poor dear. Run for your life, honey. The Christians are coming after you.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 20, 2012 11:37:32 AM


  6. Well meaning people like Carrie need to modify the "it's not for me to judge" message. It's not for her or anyone to judge someone for something they cannot change (being gay) and that doesn't hurt anybody (living an openly gay life). It's fine to judge Sandusky, Manson, Cheney, et al.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Jun 20, 2012 11:38:58 AM


  7. What is this guy talking about? Where in the 10 commandments does it even mention homosexuality?

    Posted by: MIKEY | Jun 20, 2012 11:40:02 AM


  8. @Dave anti-gay Christian Nazis? While there are many anti-gay Christians, check your history, honey.

    Nazism was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialist) and the full name of Hitler's political party (translated) was "The National Socialist German Workers' Party" (In German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei)

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 20, 2012 11:41:53 AM


  9. Why don't Christians just amend the Ten Commandments because I am really sick of them acting as if God forgot to include Thou Shall Not Be Gay as one of them.

    Btw how does anyone get we can judge another out of Do Not Judge???

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 20, 2012 11:45:02 AM


  10. Wait, I missed where the 10 Commandments mention gay marriage. Or homosexuality at all.

    Posted by: db | Jun 20, 2012 11:48:24 AM


  11. Btw2, that guy looks like he would be much more at home if he shaved off that moustache, put on a wig, slapped on some makeup and started singing show tuned.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 20, 2012 11:50:29 AM


  12. @Mikey Nowhere, that's what so funny when extremists say that homosexuality goes against God's law. The Ten Commandments are supposed to be the only laws God bestowed upon man and they say nothing regarding homosexuality.

    Posted by: Keith | Jun 20, 2012 11:53:41 AM


  13. It wasn't a difficult question Carrie, but maybe the idea of fewer album sales is what you find difficult.

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 20, 2012 11:59:35 AM


  14. "I don’t think that just means misusing His name as a curse word. I think we do that when we represent ourselves as followers of God but betray His Word."

    Back atcha, asshat.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 20, 2012 12:05:07 PM


  15. This is the problem with fundies like Farah that make them no different from hard line islamic imans.

    THEY tell us what the scripture MEANS in THEIR OPINION.

    Not allowed to read it for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

    Posted by: qj201 | Jun 20, 2012 12:09:06 PM


  16. I spend far too much time reading news, and I've never heard of his site. Who cares what he says? He doesn't make any sense and looks like crap.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 20, 2012 12:14:25 PM


  17. she's a sweet lady

    Posted by: Rod | Jun 20, 2012 12:18:44 PM


  18. DONALD - What kind of an shi*faced remark was that? Why don't you go post somewhere else, or shove a post up your a** you pig.
    Carrie Underwood has spoken with pure intent and there is no good reason why she should either lose a single album sale or suffer any consequence. Your remark is cynical and cruel and I will be looking for your name every time you post here to be sure you get the ass-kicking you deserve.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 20, 2012 12:22:02 PM


  19. Paul, you've never heard of World Net Daily? That's where the phrase Wing Nut Daily came from.

    Posted by: endo | Jun 20, 2012 12:23:14 PM


  20. @Donald This was the question:

    "Does she ever struggle, I ask, to square her religion with the progressive, gay-friendly mores of the music industry?"

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/welcome-to-my-country-can-americas-sweetheart-carrie-underwood-win-over-the-uk-7820921.html

    I think it was a difficult question because it was so loaded, all the more so because this interviewer was hellbent on stereotyping her fanbase and her music. She answered simply that she doesn't see a conflict between her religion and gay-friendliness. It was a good answer, and one likely to be a conversation starter among moderate and younger Christians. The extremists on the wrong side of history are beyond hope anyway.

    Posted by: Zesty | Jun 20, 2012 12:25:18 PM


  21. I see...Carrie Underwood can have an opinion only if these right wing nutbags agree with it? And then in the same breath, Mr. Literal says, "That's not what Jesus meant..." Oh really??? So the guy with the 70s porn moustache is not the arbiter of what literal in the Bible and what isn't?

    Maybe all these crazy psuedo-Christians should have a meeting and come to some sort of agreement on what we should take literal (you know...stonings, putting children to death, slaves, etc.) and what we shouldn't.

    Please leave the list near the toilet so I have something to read while I'm going.

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 20, 2012 12:31:34 PM


  22. Farah and Underwood have done a really good job of defining the two perspectives within Christianity. They can be summed with this aphorism: religion is doing what your told, regardless of what's right; spirituality is doing what's right, regardless of what you're told. Farah is religious; Underwood is spiritual.

    Posted by: jimstoic | Jun 20, 2012 12:33:10 PM


  23. Carrie Underwood was on BBC Breakfast yesterday and on ITV's Loose Women today in Britain. On both occasions she reiterated her support for gay marriage - and did it with great charm. As she's not known in the UK (I'd never heard any of her songs before),I suspect that her civilsed gentility and superb voice will do her a lot of favours in this market. If she can build up her international fanbase, I suspect that she'll be able to raise an elegantly manicured, perfectly polite finger in the direction of the butters who are criticising her.

    Posted by: dazzer | Jun 20, 2012 12:33:44 PM


  24. Underwood is a smart cookie. She knew there would be backlash to her comments and she spoke out anyway. This man's influence is insignificant in comparison to Underwood and he knows it. She could buy and sell him many times over and, if she never sells another albus, she'll still die a very rich woman. A rich and righteous woman.

    Posted by: DiatribesAndOvations | Jun 20, 2012 12:37:08 PM


  25. Fara is super jealous that she is more famous than his moustache will ever be.

    Posted by: jht | Jun 20, 2012 12:38:25 PM


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