Miley Cyrus got a new tattoo ... and not just some dumb decoration. This is a pro-gay tattoo! It's actually pretty amusing, an equal-sign "=" on her middle finger. (Think, "give 'em the bird"). It might seem ambiguous except that she tweeted "All LOVE is equal!"
This might seem like just another amusing story about a young starlet, but it shows yet again why Christianity is dying a slow death in America.
Homosexuality and LGBT rights have become the Achilles tendon of conservative Christianity. The out-of-the-closet movement that started in the 1970s has worked: virtually all teens and young adults have gay or lesbian friends. When I was a kid it was easy to teach kids that gays and lesbians were perverts since we'd never met one. (We actually had, but didn't know it.) But today when the kids hear some Bible-thumping preacher spewing his hate-filled message about homosexuality, it doesn't match reality. The kids know better.
It's really quite wonderful that a young singer and actress like Miley Cyrus can openly support the LGBT movement and not be black-listed. It's even more amazing because she works in the country-western business, which surely has the most conservative fan base of all musical genres. Sure, she'll lose a few fans. But she's rich and beautiful and she still has the voice, so who cares? To paraphrase another famous gay musician, she'll probably cry all the way to the bank.
Conservative Christianity hasn't learned its lesson. Religions have to evolve just like biological species if they want to survive in a changing ecology. The America of the 1950s is long gone, and the ideas that survived in that era are no longer viable. The idea that homosexuality is bad was "fit for survival" in 1950s America, the same culture that accepted racism and the oppression of women.
But society changes, and ideas (and religions) have to evolve and adapt in order to survive. The ones that don't simply die.
Unfortunately for conservative Christians, they believe that they're absolutely right. They believe that God's laws can't change. But memetic evolution (how ideas change as they pass across our society and down through history) doesn't care. Outdated ideas go extinct regardless of whether they're true or false.