Miley Cyrus Defends Her "Forget Jesus" Tweet

The singer-actress responds to the flak she got for seemingly dissing religion by tweeting a quote from physicist Lawrence Krauss

Miley Cyrus didn't mean to spark controversy when she tweeted a poetic quote about the big bang. On March 1, the 19-year-old singer-actress angered some of her Christian fans when she shared a photo of theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, along with part of a speech he made in 2009. In the quote -- which Cyrus called "beautiful" -- Krauss expresses his awe that everything in the universe could have been created by an exploding star.

"It really is the most poetic thing I know about the universe: You are all stardust," says the renowned scientist. "You couldn't be here if stars hadn't exploded, because the elements... weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live."

Cyrus, who was raised Southern Baptist, has always identified herself as a Christian -- so the inclusion of the words "forget Jesus" in Krauss's quote definitely raised some eyebrows. But it's more than just that. The quote identifies the creation of the universe via the Big Bang and evolution, theories that many Christians believe go against the Bible. And then there's the fact that Krauss, a bestselling author and speaker, has often argued that belief in God is incompatible with science.

The thing is, Miley Cyrus doesn't actually feel this way herself; she seems to have just liked the image Krauss presents in that one quote. In response to angry messages from fans, she expressed her belief that religion and science are complimentary.

"How can people take the love out of science and bring hate into religion so easily?" she tweeted on March 6. "It makes me sad to think the world is this way. Like Einstein says 'Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.'"

Later, she also re-tweeted a quote from the Baha'i faith: "Religion & Science are inter-twined with each other and cannot be separated. They are the 2 wings with which humanity must fly."

In the past, Cyrus has angered some of her more devout fans by expressing a belief in reincarnation and advocating for gay marriage rights. But Cyrus, who currently quotes Buddha in her Twitter profile, has never claimed to be strict about her faith.

"People are always looking for you to do something that is non-Christian," she told Parade in 2010. "But it's like, 'Dude, Christians don't live in the dark.' I have to participate in life. If I wear something revealing, they go, 'Well, that’s not Christian.' And I'm like, 'Yeah, I'm going to go to hell because I'm wearing a pair of really short white shorts.'"

So, no, Miley didn't actually "forget Jesus" -- no matter what her Twitter account (or wardrobe) may have led some people to believe.

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