When you’re famous, it’s no surprise that you are constantly under attack from a plethora of people, but when you’re famous and part of a social minority, things become even more complicated.
Ellen Degeneres is an actress and comedian who has won 13 Emmys, 14 People’s Choice Awards and has broken numerous records in the entertainment industry. In 2014, Forbes named her the 46th most powerful woman in the world. She is a household name, a constant source of laughter and good will. And in 1997, she came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Recently, in an op-ed that was published in The Christian Post, contributing author Larry Tomczak— described on the CP website as a “a best-selling author and cultural commentator with over 40 years of trusted ministry experience”— called out Ellen along with other TV programs such as Glee and Modern Family as being a part of Hollywood “promoting homosexuality.” Tomczack refers to this “gay agenda” as an assault, a bombardment, an avalanche likening modern programming that (somewhat) portrays our American reality to forces of natural destruction.
Regarding Tomczak’s attempt to alarm the Christians who he believes are under attack, Ellen had a few words of her own, handling the event as she handles things best: with humor.
Ellen states that she rarely reads any news or gossip about her (smart!) Still, in a quick and extremely positive segment from her show, Degeneres matter-of-factly defends her marriage and orientation, and then she addresses Larry saying, “The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another. That is the message I’m sending out. I don’t have an agenda.” It’s wonderful to see someone like Ellen defend herself through humor while simultaneously empowering others to stay true to themselves.
As for Mr. Tomczak, who quotes from Romans 1:24-27 which condemns lustful humans who engage in “unnatural” homosexual relations (the Romans were experts in this): good for you, you found some Biblical proof to strengthen your paranoiac argument.
Unfortunately for anybody that follows his conveniently cited evidence too carefully, if you would only continue to read what the Epistle to the Romans has to say, virtually the next passage states, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things” (Romans 2: 1). The irony concerning passing judgement is just a little too good to be true.
Romans 2: 2 then goes on to criticize Jews, calling them out as vainglorious sinners and blasphemers before God. So there’s Larry’s proof gone down the drain in our modern, civilized society.
Mr. Tomczak, protecting the purity and innocence of children should certainly be a priority of all parents, but there are much bigger problems in the world than a few gay characters on TV.
Listen to Ellen’s inspiring response to the pastor who accused her of promoting Hollywood’s “gay agenda”…