The View's Sherri Shepherd Wants "Respect" For Her Homophobic Upbringing & She'll "Respect How You Feel"!
Face? Meet palm. Palm? Meet face.
In a recent interview, The View's Sherri Shepherd wanted to open up about some apparent misconceptions about her beliefs about gays, but we're not sure how well she did to that end.
In the interview, she asserts that her Christian upbringing is the root of her opinions concerning the homosexual community, but that they don't necessarily make her a "judgmental" person. She explains:
"I think people don't know my heart. I think people feel I'm very judgmental. I think people feel I'm very homophobic. If they knew me, and knew my heart. … You grow up being a Christian and you grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you're going to hell if you're a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it's something that I grew up believing. I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you. You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me … I don't say it's a choice. If you tell me, 'Sherri, I was born gay.' Okay. I'm not gonna argue with you, because I can't tell you how you feel and what's going on inside. I'm trying to make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth … I don't know who I'm gonna see. So if you tell me you're born [gay], I'm not gonna argue with you. And I absolutely respect you for that. I just ask that people respect how I feel, [I] respect how you feel and we can have a great dialogue."
Wow, way to go Sherri! That hole you were digging? So much deeper now!
We understand that Sherri's religious beliefs were taught to her at an early age, but that doesn't mean they're above rebuke!
Likewise, we know the context of her opinion, but that really doesn't justify it.
When Sherri says that she doesn't approve of a gay lifestyle, but that gays might not approve of hers, she's making the error of thinking a gay lifestyle needs approval.
Why can't any sexual preference be above judgement?