Here you are walking through life thinking Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” is a celebration of all our differences when the song is, in fact, damning us to the realities we were born with and recommending that we don’t try to improve anything about ourselves. Like our gayness!
Jeff Johnston, Focus on the Family’s resident homosexuality analyst (yes really), thinks Gaga’s new single “makes you seem stuck.” See, Gaga sings a line about being proud of the way god made you — “There’s nothin’ wrong with lovin’ who you are ‘cause He made you perfect, babe. So hold your head up, girl and you you’ll go far, listen to me when I say ‘I’m beautiful in my way, ‘cause God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way” — but really, that’s just “bad theology,” insists Johnston, a recovering gay.
“When I was a young adult, this message would have taken away any sense of hope,” continues Johnston. And his boss Jim Daly, president of FOTF, goes one step further and fingers Lady Gaga as a hypocrite: “Lady Gaga was clearly not born this way. She’s a self-manufactured pop star! “She’s built her entire persona and celebrity on a platform that’s anything but typical. She is playing a part, a role, and not living as she would outside the bright lights.”
We don’t have to be born sinners, insists Daly: “Each of us can be set free – from homosexuality, or heterosexual sex outside of marriage, or pornography, or greed, or gossip, or any other human shortcoming – to be the men and women God intended us to be.” For instance, adult bigots.