Accepting the label of “contemporary Christian music” puts a musician in an interesting position — often times just outside of the reach of the mainstream, but at the same time, ostracized by segments of their own community. The good news is that after her brutal take down of Scott Lively and her announcement as being gay, Vicky Beeching likely won’t be facing anymore ostracism as a result of the “Christian music” label.
In fact, she may be on her way to building up a secular fan base, or carving out a niche fan base of openly-gay Christians (if she hasn’t already).
During one of her first interviews since her coming out, Britain’s Channel 4 News put her face-to-face America’s wannabe-Slobodon Milošević, Scott Lively. Lively, you’ll recall, is an utterly unhinged bigot. Fueled by the power of Jesus Beams fired from the depths of his atrophied, hateful soul, Lively was one of the architects of the Uganda “kill the gay people” bill, and is currently running for Governor of Massachusetts.
Lively opened the interview with the sort of whiny, passive-aggressive shot at Beeching you’d expect from a right-wing bigot. He announced that he is “very sorry to hear that she has given in to the lie that she is a homosexual instead of continuing to try to overcome the challenge that is in her life.”
Sure you are, Lively.
Beeching, who has a PhD in Theology, proceeded to school Lively. When Lively said that there was “no such thing as a gay person” and that it’s an “identity you adopt,” she fired back sexual orientation is part of her “God-wired identity.” She added that Lively’s “teachings” were “damaging” and could “psychologically scar people.”
When Lively said that people should prioritize spirituality over psychology, adding “don’t you care what God thinks?” Beeching came back with, “I do, and that’s actually why I’m taking this step today — so that young people don’t have to listen to the kind of teaching you peddle, because it damages.”
Do you know what the difference between Fred Phelps and Scott Lively is? Fred Phelps was more honest about his hate; he didn’t attempt to hide it as anything other than hate. But hate is still hate, no matter how many frilly Bible verses you wrap it up in.
But just like Fred Phelps, Lively will be remembered as a man who made the world a better place by going away.
You can watch Beeching dismantle Scott Lively below: