This one would have passed me by if it were not for a post on Facebook: Miley Cyrus says “Forget Jesus”?
Every child star eventually gets dumped on and faces a backlash due to a popularity that reaches its peak. I’m not a fan of Miley Cyrus’ music (there’s nothing wrong with it, per se, but I’m a bit too old for it), but I have to admit to watching Hannah Montana when it first came out. It reminded me of the sitcoms I grew up on–cornball humor and obvious stereotypes (Jason Earles as Hannah Montana’s brother is hilarious). After Hannah hit big and Miley became a household name it was pretty much assumed she fell in step with the country music attitude of God and country.
Well, Miley seems to have an appreciation for science. According to the Huffington Post she tweeted on The Big Bang about it being beautiful with a quote by physicist Laurence Krauss: “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded… So forget Jesus. Stars died so you could live.”
So really, Miley didn’t actually say “Forget Jesus,” she was simply quoting using a picture. She did, in a manner of speaking, give approval to the quote by tweeting it. When Christian fans fired back with criticism Miley said, “How can people take the love out of science and bring hate into religion so easily? It makes me sad to think the world is this way.” and then quoted Albert Einstein: “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
I’m a bit impressed considering this is a teen pop princess now emerging into adulthood. She has also shown her support for gay marriage. Certainly, Miley is no atheist, but I hope she continues her love for science.
If you want to see the original pic that was tweeted, Dwindling in Unbelief has it here…