Miriam gets flak over controversial tweet
“Homosexuality is not a sin but it is a lie from the devil. Do not be deceived. God loves gays and wants them to know the truth.”
This tweet from Miriam Quiambao on Sunday, April 29, turned controversial after it got mixed reactions from various sectors.
A lot of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community were outraged by this controversial tweet. And the storm may or may not be over as Miriam apologized but maintained her stand on the matter.
“No offense to the LGBT but the Truth is the Truth that comes from God. Take it or leave it. We will all face the judgment seat of God.”
Lawyer and former Makati 1st District Congressman Teddy Locsin Jr. also expressed his views.
Not a lie
“No, no, you are not a lie, the pejorative word and notion of homosexuality is a lie of the devil, God loves all,” he tweeted to designer Paolo Castro in an attempt to explain what Miriam could have really meant in her tweet.
Apples Aberin tweeted, “Some of my best friends are gay! And I just have to say that my life is so much better because of them. They are God's gift to me. :)”
Joey Mead showed support to the community by tweeting “Dear LGBT community. I feel ur hurt,when u dont deserve it pa. Stay proud & positive! For that’s i how feel when i think of my LGBT family.”
Marco Harder of the band Purplechickens, on the other hand, criticized Miriam’s way of sharing her beliefs when he said, “look at the modesty you Christians display, as if to say 'oh don't mind me, just carry on while I do god's work'.”
Miriam proceeded to reply, explain, and apologize. She frequently cited Bible teachings. She replied with she “will think about it” to @eco_fierce who challenged her to “advocate” the Ladlad Partylist in the next elections if she really “love us, and sincerely believe LGBT deserves equal rights.”
About 16 hours after her first LGBT tweet, Miriam posted “I'm sorry LGBT. Perhaps I was too harsh with the words I used. Will do my best to be more sensitive,” with the hashtags “respect,” “nobodysperfect,” and “grace.”