Singer Miley Cyrus tweeted this earlier today and, based on the responses to that message, her fans are going apeshit:
The picture quotes Lawrence Krauss. Actually, those aren’t Krauss’ exact words. These are:
The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics:
You are all stardust.
You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements — the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution — weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.
This is just one example of the kind of reactions she’s getting:
So is Miley an atheist? Not necessarily. You could find the universe beautiful and still be theistic.
But it might cause a conflict in her own home. A year ago, her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, was freaking out because he saw an Adopt-a-Highway sign that referenced Atheists United:
And there, driving to work each day in the City of Angels, was this sign. “A physical sign. It could have easily said ‘You will now be attacked by Satan.’ ‘Entering this industry, you are now on the highway to darkness…’
Based only on that tweet, she’s found a way to see the light.
Incidentally, when I tried to view Miley Cyrus’ tweet, I was told I couldn’t view the image because my account’s settings filtered “sensitive content.”
What’s up with that?