Mandisa would not perform at a gay event because “I’m not an advocate for [being gay]”

Last week, The Advocate reported that Mandisa “lists author and lecturer Beth Moore as her personal American idol” on the show’s web site. Mandisa wrote that Moore “inspires me to live more like Jesus, and I want to do the same.” Moore, the founder of Living Proof Ministries, supports “ex-gay” ministries and calls being gay a “fraudulent attachment.” With its driveling, pointless brand of evidence-free journalism, blames Mandisa ouster on “her openly anti-gay affiliations,” rather than, like, her awful song choice and performance.

After Mandisa was kicked off the show Wednesday, The Advocate spoke to her, and she said that when she learned of the accusation that her support for Moore made her anti-gay, “It broke my heart. I live my life by the value system that you treat others the way you want to be treated. I let love be my guide. I absolutely hate no one. When I heard that I was really upset.”

However, she apparently doesn’t really love the gays, either–she won’t even take money from same-sex people. The magazine asked her, “Would you be comfortable performing or singing at a gay event?” Her reply was simple: “I would not, no.” She says that’s because she won’t support gay people. “Based on what I believe, I’m not an advocate for [being gay], so it’s nothing I would take part in,” she said.

Mandisa breaks her silence and Idol finalist Mandisa is big fan of antigay writer [The Advocate]
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