Let me explain myself. The media and much of American society now celebrates a person who claims to be homosexual. On the other hand, when a celebrity or person of fame comes out as a Christian they are immediately vilified. The media and other social outlets begin to stereotype the person and paint them in a bad light. It just seems like a double standard in a nation that touts social equality and tolerance. Had Anderson Cooper stated that he was a Christian, I can assure you the outcome would have been much different. I don’t think he would have received such positive feedback from the media.
Why does one’s sexual preference make them some type of hero in today’s society? Does this feed the hungry, rescue women from sex trafficking, provide shelter to those who have lost their homes or bring about world peace? I don’t see why someone is suddenly heralded for making this decision. I wonder why our society invokes such a double standard and yet seems totally blinded by it.
Would Cooper have garnered national attention if he had stated that he works as a volunteer firefighter on the side or donates his time to raise money for children in Uganda? I don’t think we would have heard much about it. He declares that he is and always has been a homosexual. That, on the other hand, becomes big news. I just don’t get it.
I made a comment about how Christian celebrities are looked down upon. The media paints them as either being stupid, racist, or close-minded. They claim that Christians are intolerant but then show intolerance toward Christianity. Think about these people and see if you don’t think the media has a negative opinion of them: Mel Gibson, Tim Tebow, Stephen Baldwin, Sarah Palin, or even Kirk Cameron. It’s a double standard. If you confront someone in the media with this accusation they will deny it and accuse you of spreading propaganda. Let me put it this way, if the media attacked someone who comes out as homosexual like they attack someone who openly professes to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, they would be hung out to dry. It’s alright to belittle Christians and praise homosexuals, but they better not reverse those two ideals.
I guess my rant today is simply to beg the media to not put so much emphasis on someone’s sexual preference and to not denigrate someone else because of his/her religious faith. Don’t preach about the evils of invoking a double standard when you are enacting it yourself. That’s hypocritical.