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Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Causes Internet Fights

Lady Gaga has always been a performer who pushes people’s buttons.  Typically it is her bizarre dress and ambiguous sexuality that have caused an uproar, not her music.  With the release of her latest single “Born This Way” she tackles the issue of identity head on and – shocker! – it has caused yet another outbreak of internet fighting and awkward dinnertime conversations. 

While the song’s core refrain of  “I’m beautiful in my way/’Cause God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track baby/I was born this way” is being taken by many conservatives as a direct challenge to their belief that sexuality is a choice, I think those clamoring against it are missing the point.  There is no getting around the issue if you happen to disagree with her, but does that render the song meaningless? 


Consider these lyrics from the bridge:

“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re lebanese, you’re orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby you were born this way”

While the issue of sexuality may be the hot button topic, the real beauty of the message lies in the lyrics about disability, race, and bullying.  Whether you agree or disagree with her that people are “born this way” with regard to sexual issues, there is no denying that there are many people suffering because of who they are.  There is also no denying that homosexuals and transgendered people are often made to feel less by those around them – Christians included.  This is especially true amongst teenagers.


You may not be one, but there are millions of people who feel bullied, marginalized, and alone.  There are millions more who are broke, struggling with their sexuality, and mistreated for their skin color.  They can all find some solace in these lyrics, whether you can or not.  Just because a song doesn’t resonate with you doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile!  It just means it isn’t for you

For many people this song is positive and encouraging – something those railing against it are not.  Perhaps the greatest irony then, is that this song is having more of a positive impact on people’s lives than the words of those bashing it. 

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Pastor Kathy Maria Mosley Settles

posted March 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

No one has the right to make anyone else feel bad about themselves. Whether we were born a certain race or have a propensity to be a certain size, no one is better in the sight of God than the next person; However, God does have a say when it comes to how HE has made us and to re-make ourselves as if HE doesn’t know what HE is doing with us is tatermount to calling HIM a liar. God is truth and cannot lie so if HE gave us certain body parts to indicate our gender, we have no right to make HIM feel bad and call HIM wrong. Let God be true and every man a liar since HE is the CREATOR and the giver of life. HE made us not we ourselves. Let us not become so sophisticated that we shake our finger in God’s face and call HIM out of line. When we disagree with the manufacturer, we are out of line!

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posted March 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

But what about people born with both male and female parts?

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