Miley Cyrus, John Mellencamp Discuss ‘Religious Freedom’

Miley Cyrus, John Mellencamp Discuss ‘Religious Freedom’

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Miley Cyrus/Instagram
Miley Cyrus/Instagram

Miley Cyrus chatted with TIME’s Eliana Dockterman Tuesday about the “dinosaurs” that are coming out of the woodwork for anti-gay legislation.

“I lived a life where I had to be something every day and had to be a character, and it wasn’t necessarily who I wanted to be. And now I’ve dedicated my life to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving,” Cyrus said. “That’s what’s wrong with [supporters of the Indiana law]—they’re not choosing to live that way. And if you don’t choose to live that way, you’re not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you. They are dinosaurs, and they are dying off. We are the new generation, and with that will come so much,” the singer added.

Cyrus was referring to Indiana’s discriminatory “Religious Freedom” law signed by Gov. Pence. It has since been revised, but even the revision is not making anyone on either side happy. A similar law is being tossed around in Arkansas.

Josh and Anna Duggar of TLC’s famous 19 Kids and Counting family made their own statement via Twitter.

“Take a stand for religious freedom in Arkansas – join the rally on the State Capitol steps at 12pm today! @FamilyCouncil#RFRA,” Josh encouraged.

Anna, who’s currently pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, shared a quote from Southern Baptist Convention President Dr. Ronnie Floyd on her Instagram: “Religious liberty must always be preserved for all persons. It is one of the major core values of our country which must never be compromised or distorted in any way. The leaders of our nation must always lift high this founding principle of freedom for all Americans.” #FreeToBelieve.”

But Cyrus disagrees.

“We are moving forward. As much as we get distracted by stupid laws that make us feel like we’re regressing, we’re not. We are moving forward because it’s our turn as young people. It’s a new rights movement. There’s so much that young people want to do and change and see, and I think a lot of that can come through social media,” she said.

Cyrus said that, in the end, it’s all about who young voters (and coming-of-age voters) will listen to in order to make decisions that progress the nation, not regress it.

John Mellencamp/Tour Photo
John Mellencamp/Tour Photo

“I put something on my Instagram today about how people are trying now to make the Indiana law look like something that it’s not. They’re trying to make it look like it’s not discriminatory. It’s confusing for my fans, so I’m happy to [speak up about it]. They won’t listen to Tim Cook, maybe. But they’ll listen to me, you know? And people are starting to listen, I think,” Cyrus said.

Legendary singer and Indiana native John Mellencamp added his own support.

“I am not questioning the sincerity of those who believe they have acted in the interests of religious freedom, but I am resolutely stating my opposition to this misnamed and ill-conceived law. It is discriminatory, hurtful, and a stain on Indiana’s national reputation,” Mellencamp wrote in an opinion piece to the Indianapolis Star. “I understand Governor Pence and the state legislature are working on some changes to the law’s language, and I can only hope that they will do the right thing for the people of our state.”

Mellencamp has even considered canceling upcoming shows in Indiana.

“I have thought seriously about canceling my upcoming shows, not wanting the resulting tax revenues from ticket sales, concessions and the like to help fill the same government coffers that would enforce this terrible law,” he shared. “But then I realized that I would be letting our government divide us again, keeping me apart from my most important audience: My Indiana fans who have been there for me from the very beginning. Our evenings together will be about music, and hopefully this situation will be made right by the time I see you in May.”



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