A Gay Dance Partner? Sure!

While I’m excited and thankful to be returning to Dancing With The Stars, not everyone is thrilled I’m coming back. When the new contestants participated in a panel discussion for the Television Critics Association’s summer tour, the critics’ disdain for me was obvious.  While they asked many questions (or, really, just a few questions over and over), only one stands out in my mind: Would I mind dancing with a gay dance partner?

Frankly, I found the question silly.  Of course, I’d most like to dance with Mark again, but that’s up to the producers! If I can’t dance with Mark, I’d love to dance with a gay partner, a straight partner, or anything in between.  I’m not looking for romance at Dancing With The Stars, but I do want to do as well as I can, make as many friends as I can, and maybe – just maybe – walk away with the mirror ball trophy.

But the media can’t seem to figure this out.  In their simplistic minds, the fact that I’m a Christian, that I believe in God’s plan for marriage, means that I must hate gays and must hate to even be in their presence.  Well, they were right about one thing: there was hate in that media room, but the hate was theirs, not mine.

Let me explain through a real-life example.  A friend of mine interviewed several years ago for a faculty position at an Ivy League law school.  When the interviewer saw that he was a conservative Christian, she asked him:  “Do you think you can teach gay students?”  (See the similarity to my question?)

Here was his response: “I believe every human being is created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect, so I’ll treat all my students fairly.  But I can’t promise they’ll treat me with the same respect when they find out I’m a Christian.”

That’s exactly right.  What do a person’s sexual preferences and practices have to do with dancing ability?  In fact, in most jobs a person’s private life has little or no bearing on their ability to do their job unless they lose sight of boundaries and ethics.  Does the fact that a guy sleeps with his girlfriend mean that he can’t sell coffee?  Should we fire a car salesman who’s divorcing his wife?

Look, my responsibility is pretty darn clear: to treat people as I would like to be treated, to be gracious, and – yes – to uphold and advance my Christian principles in all that I do.  Would I want a gay dancer to refuse to dance with me because of my beliefs?  Why would I refuse to dance with a gay man because of his?

To the Left, “tolerance” means agreeing with them on, well, everything.  To me, tolerance means learning to live and work with each other when we don’t agree – and won’t ever agree.  So if I have a gay dance partner, we may have some interesting discussions about morality, marriage, and whether the government made him a great dancer because it built the roads that he drove on to dance practice.  But I can promise you that I’ll give it my best effort, I’ll learn all I can learn, and I’ll be proud to hoist that elusive mirror ball trophy right by his side.

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  • Britney

    What if they did an experiment and your dance partner was a lesbian?

    • Sam Adams

      What if they did an experiment and your dance partner…was a stupid blogger who has no rhythm and couldn’t dance if they tried!
      Serious study of dance involves complete focus on one’s instrument, their body, and who cares what gender one’s partner is.
      It’s just a dance.
      I’m gay, Bristol, and I’d dance with you any day.
      Shhh. Secret. There’s been serious dancing going on in gay clubs for years.
      It’s in our genes.
      Just ask Donna Summer.

  • Terri

    “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
    The non-christian cannot bring themselves to understand that we christians are about Love and compassion, not hate and anger. They cannot grasp that we can disagree with someones lifestyle but still love and care for them as a person.
    Bristol, you are a great inspiration to many!! Keep it up!! BTW- you have my vote for that mirror ball!

  • Tom

    Following your blog it seems like the democrats are evil people and republicans don’t do anything wrong. You tend to make everything political. And clearly from reading some of the entries it seems very well scripted.

    I am sorry but your mom goes on Fox News and says some pretty messed up things… Stop trying to pretend you have this perect little family who “treat’ everyone “equally” b/c that’s not what I see your mom do on TV.

    • ShelbyisaPatriot

      You’ve never watched Sarah Palin on Fox News a day in you life. You say she says “pretty messed up things” but provide no examples, no proof. Where does her blog say that “Democrats are evil and Republicans can do no wrong”? In fact, when do Democrats ever do any different? No family is perfect, and Bristol never claims hers is. If you do not like Bristol, than get off her blog and ignore her. You hateful liberals are the most intolerant people in this country.
      Thanks for play, btw.
      Now go watch Rachel Maddow and Chris “Tingles” Matthews, you Statist.

  • Bbmomof3

    Such a great article!

  • wamp

    Christians are so fucking stupid. Get out of your delusional, and embrace scientific facts.

    u mad your breed is dying hillbillies?

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    Why are you a goof ball?

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    Elton John was the entertainment at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding.

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