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Kristin Chenoweth: Being Gay is Not A Sin. Period.

Kristin Chenoweth: Being Gay is Not A Sin. Period.

 

Kristin Chenoweth, accomplished actress, singer and self-identifying Christian, has said that being gay is not a sin and that she thinks being gay is the same as her being short — it’s just the way people are born.

These†comments were made as part of an interview with gay glossy The Advocate in which Chenoweth, perhaps best known for her role as Glinda in the Tony award-winning musical adaptation of†Wicked, talks about her part in†upcoming ABC drama†Good Christian Belles and the release of her fourth studio album Some Lessons Learned.

In the interview Chenoweth says that just because she is a Christian it doesn’t mean she blindly follows what others say her religion asks of her, and that instead she relies on the old†adage†of “What would Jesus do?”, affirming she doesn’t believe Jesus would walk around saying “You’re going to hell” and “You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” but would instead be accepting and loving of people.

Chenoweth, herself a straight woman, also elaborates on her belief about people being born gay, saying, “What would I do if it was a sin to be short? Thatís the way God made me, so what could I do? Letís see, I could wear heels, I could tease my hair, and maybe on a good day I could be 5’1″. But the bottom line is, Iím 4’11″ and thatís the way I was put together. And thatís what I believe about homosexuals.”

When asked how she feels about being criticized for this belief by other Christians, Chenoweth says that she respects they have a right to their opinions but asks they respect her right to an opinion too.

When asked if she thinks Christians get a “bad rap,” Chenoweth says yes, but suggests some groups calling themselves Christian might in fact bring it on themselves. She adds:

“… But I also think there are a lot of Christians who believe like me. My family is very much like me. But I did grow up in the Bible belt — and you know what comes with that. My Grandma Chenoweth told me something when I was growing up. My [gay] best friend — I’ve talked about him many times, his name’s Denny. I asked my Grandma Chenoweth, ‘How can it be that he’s going to hell? I just don’t think [that's] correct.’ And she said, ‘Well, Kris, I read the Bible like I eat fish: I take the meat, and it serves me well, but I don’t choke on the bone.’”

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And I think she was on to something. ďI take the meat that serves me well, but I donít choke on the bone.Ē I read my Bible and I pray and all of that ó I really do. But at the same time, I donít think being gay is a sin. Period.

You can read the full interview over at The Advocate.

Chenoweth famously rallied against a Newsweek article in which a writer suggested that gay people could not play straight roles convincingly.

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7:26AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

An excellent movie on this subject is 'For the bible tells me so'! It covers some of the history associated with why the bible says certain things that can be taken out of context to mean other things! Just a comment if you want to spend some time getting educated on the subject!

6:11AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Oh, come on people. This doesn't have to be a big religious debate. All she is saying is that people come out of the womb with certain characteristics- some people are short; some are tall; some are gay; some are straight; some are blond; some are redheads. It's the person- the basic person- whom we need to accept and love. God is the antithesis of hatred. God is love and that means for EVERYBODY. No exceptions.

12:41PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

@Christopher M: "Well, Charles W., why don't you go to the heart of the matter and take this up with the creator of those religious beliefs, aka God?"

I did, Christopher. God also created the different sexual orientations, and She told me that She loves all of them.

It's really hard for me to believe that God hates homosexuals, since She created them. Not just in humans, but in all members of the animal kingdom. Quoting the Bible is fine, but you have to remember that the Bible was actually written down by men, and people have a tendency to insert their own prejudices into their writings, even when supposedly transcribing what others are saying. Unless you want to claim that God Herself wrote down the Bible, you can't claim that it's word-for-word the Word of God.

12:12AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Dickson,

Open your Bible to Isaiah 1. Read the whole Chapter. It's pretty much a laundry list of the sins of S&G and no place is sexual sin even mentioned.

Ezekiel 16:49 (NIV)
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

See, even the NIV doesn't say it was gayness!

Jesus Himself never said a word against homosexuality, and He certainly had occasion to.

Maybe G-d made some people gay as a test for the rest of us:
Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

11:59PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

We've reached a pretty pass when stating the obvious becomes regarded as pearls of wisdom.

11:55PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

@Rachel J. et al

Well, your NIV says "homosexuals", but that word was only recently invented. So it's not in the original translations.

And all of you saying the Bible is clear on it being sin, try going and looking at the original language. The vast majority of what you now read as "homosexuality" actually refers to temple prostitution. The sex part was perhaps an issue, but the fact that it was worship of other gods, thus breaking the 1st Commandment, was probably the bigger sin of engaging in that.

And how do you say it's "clear"? Your "lay down with a man as with a woman" if it was translated verbatim, says a man should not "lay in the layings of a woman." So to you that means gay sex, but it actually sounds like not using a female's bed, but at the time, it is thought to refer to temple prostitution, and this can be proved by looking at documents written by the contemporaries of Christ. People living in those times understood the specific Greek or Aramaic words to mean "temple prostitution," which is NOTHING like a committed relationship between same-sex partners.

All the assuming it mans gays came CENTURIES after Christ, but of course you, and some ascetic priests in the Middle Ages, I suppose are better authorities than people walking the Earth when Jesus did, such as a Jewish philosopher who makes it clear that it really refers to the idolatry of temple prostitution.

None so blind as those who refuse to see......

11:23PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Nyack, some of us Christians never supported W or his war.

11:21PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Charles W. you also do not understand why there is a concept of being equally yoked in marriage.

1. Worrying about salvation of unbelieving spouse
2. Spouse might oppose religion of believer, at very least spouse cannot help believer in faith journey if spouse does not understand religion
3. Bad Influence: Spouse could cause very real conflict in believer between spouse and God. "Come on honey, let's sleep in Sunday morning, we could fool around." A Christian man is going to choose between his unbelieving wife in the mood and church??? Ouch.
4. The kids. A believer must indoctrinate the kids likewise. Spouse needs to be on board.

I have had to stand down and take no action on otherwise desirable women because they are pro-choice/never mention the name of God (J_____, childfree, a plus), according to her Facebook page "Raised Christian but believe "The Wisdom of the World Belongs to Us."" (R_______), etc.

It would have been easier if I hadn't become a Christian..... but I did anyway

11:19PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Everyone running around screaming about "sin". If you follow what is written in the bible {by mankind, incidentally} you will see the NUMBER ONE RULE is "Thou Shall Not Kill."

PERIOD.

Now, how many patriotic Christian hypocrits supported to troop to go to war and kill? How come noone started thumping the bible about that one? Actually, it was George W. Bush that made ant-war protests illegal as he was writting the American Constitution to ban gay marrige permanantly because it's a "sin'.

If there is sin and a hell, I know who's goin! And it isnt gays for being born.



11:11PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

I have to agree with Nancy D. There is so much to lose being gay it is much easier to "choose" being straight except you can't. It is the only logical conclusion.

1. Loss of employment and associated health insurance, plus place to live. Military used to fire homosexuals.
2. Illnesses you might get from promiscuous sexual contact, chiefly HIV and hepatitis or cervical cancer. Again note no health insurance.
3. Rejection from family, friends, the church, which would disfellowship or excommunicate a repeated sexual sinner.
4. Abuse, beatings, rape, murder.

You could lose your life and livelihood over this. The only logical conclusion to homosexuals paying the price listed above is that they cannot avoid being homosexual.

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