Miley Cyrus, who recently transformed from a mildly irritating tween megastar to that liberal arts student in your freshman dorm with this poster on her wall, came under fire earlier this week for tweeting a photo that contained this quote, from physicist Lawrence Krauss:
“You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all the things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.”
Unsurprisingly, some of Cyrus’ more devout Christian followers took offense to the “forget Jesus” segment of the quote, and took up verbal arms against the 19-year-old. “Forget that Jesus?” inquired one follower, before adding a simple, but profound, “:/”. Other followers told Cyrus to go to hell, bemoaning the apparent loss of her trademark Southern Baptist beliefs.
But Cyrus, who has also advocated for gay marriage rights, is taking the backlash in stride. “How can people take the love out of science and bring hate into religion so easily?” she tweeted last Tuesday, before following up with a quote from another physicist, Albert Einstein. “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
So basically, much like bazillions of other people throughout the entirety of human existence, Miley Cyrus is questioning the religious doctrine she was raised with and attempting to form her own opinions. Only she’s expressing them on Twitter. Kids these days, right?