My friend Zack Ford over at Think Progress posted this great video of a Christian rock singer who recently announced she is a lesbian taking down a homophobic pastor.
Vicky Beeching who made national headlines this week when the told The Independent she is a lesbian after being able to reconcile her sexual orientation with her faith and saying, “I feel certain God loves me just the way I am.”
Beeching appeared in her first TV interview since coming out on Britain’s Channel 4 News. She was put face to face with Massachusetts evangelical pastor Scott Lively, a vocal advocate against homosexual rights.
Lively went right into his attack saying he was, “very sorry to hear that she has given in to the lie that she is a homosexual instead of continuing to try to overcome the challenge that is in her life.,” continuing with, “Don’t you care what God thinks, Becky?”Beeching didn’t miss a beat when she fired back, “I do, and that’s actually why I’m taking this step today — so that young people don’t have to listen to the kind of teaching you peddle, because it damages.”
It takes a lot of guts in today’s political and religious climate to come out of the closet, as it is sure to draw extra criticism from the far right factions of the church who are not afraid to take their bigoted beliefs to the airwaves.
One can only hope that young evangelicals and others growing up being indoctrinated with hateful religious beliefs see someone like Beeching and realize they do not have to lead a life of hate.