Pop singer Miley Cyrus is all over the media right now, from her recent announcement of being gender-fluid to a photo shoot with Paper magazine in which the artist poses nude. She also bashes religion and conservative politics in the magazine.
Fox News writes:
The article touches on what Cyrus thinks of people who believe Noah’s Ark was a real vessel, “That’s fucking insane,” she told the magazine. “We’ve outgrown that fairy tale, like we’ve outgrown fucking Santa and the tooth fairy.”
Cyrus continued in the article defending equality and attacking religious fundamentalists who oppose LGBT equality. Fox reports:
[Miley Cyrus] says she is the least judgmental person ever, yet she has some harsh words for Christian fundamentalists and her parents… [she] “maintains a particular contempt for fundamentalist lawmakers who rally against this sort of progressive, potentially life-saving changes [for the LGBT] community.” The pop star told the mag, “Those people [shouldn’t] get to make our laws.”
And of course with her recent coming out as gender-fluid, Fox has to discuss her sexuality:
Sexually, Cyrus said she is “down with” anything. She views her sexuality and even her gender identity as fluid. “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult—anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me,” she said. “I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
And this is of course when Ken Ham feels the need to chime in. Ham, who finds the whole article offensive, wants to know more about Cyrus’ claim to be “down with anything,”
Question for her: Why not involve an animal? On what basis does she decide that? Besides, if there’s no God and she’s just a result of evolution, then she is merely an animal anyway. And those she interacts with sexually are just animals—so why not any animals? In other words, she has decided to draw a line for some reason—but what reason?
Cyrus is down for anything, apparently, but she would need a consenting partner to make those things happen. An animal, etc. cannot consent to such acts.
Is Ham telling us that without God he would not know that having sex with animals is immoral and would do so? That’s what I am hearing here.
Ken Ham then wants to know about children: Why doesn’t Cyrus sleep with children?
Question for her: Why only those over the age of 18? On what basis did she decide that? If there’s no God, why have any age restriction? On what basis would she argue against pedophilia? Why not do whatever anyone wants to do?
Again, consent. As a society, we have decided on ages for consent and when someone is mentally capable of making such decisions. Now, in the Bible Ham uses for his morality, there is no age of consent. Children marry often, and our moral use of 18 years is not divine by any means.
So today, I learned that if Ken Ham did not believe in God, he would not understand that having sex with animals and children was wrong. I also learned that Ken Ham is an immoral monster.
But what I also learned is that Miley Cyrus is an intelligent young woman who did not let her parents’ religion or politics dictate who she is. She became her own woman and made up her own mind about religion, politics, sexual identity and rights.
What others are skipping about her interview with Paper is the amazing person she has become and how much she cares about others.
It turns out Cyrus is deeply interested in accountability. At 22, she’s perhaps her generation’s most unlikely social activist, and also one of its most powerful. Now she’s harnessing that influence to counter what she sees as an unacceptable reality: young people being persecuted and cast out for their sexuality. Inspired in part by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender girl who committed suicide in late 2014 after being forced to undergo so-called “conversion therapy,” Cyrus recently announced the Happy Hippie Foundation, a philanthropic venture designed to raise funds and awareness for homeless and LGBT youth. “We can’t keep noticing these kids too late,” she says.
And while I may not be a huge fan of her music, Miley Cyrus certainly has a new fan in me.
You can read Cyrus’ whole interview here, but be warned the attached images contain nudity, so they are not safe for work.