Miriam Quiambao draws flak for comments on LGBT, religion

MANILA, Philippines - Former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao apologized to the LGBT community after a firestorm of criticism over her comments on sexuality and religion.

Her statements, both online and offline, came after her appearance as a panelist on The Bottomline on ABS-CBN last Saturday, April 28.

As a panelist, Quiambao made several comments about homosexuality on the show, which had Ladlad Partylist's Bemz Benedicto as main guest.

"I’m not a pastor, I’m definitely not an expert; however, the way I understand it is homosexuality is not the one that makes you a sinner. Actually, sexual immorality is what makes you a sinner," she said.

"God made us all for a purpose. And I don’t understand why God made him (Benedito) that way. I feel, though, that in my knowledge of God, God never makes mistakes and He’s not a liar. So however He made him, that’s who he really is.

"However, because God has allowed this to happen in his life, perhaps there is a purpose. And at the end of the day, he will be the one to face God… we’re not in a position to judge because we’re all sinners, we’ve all fallen, and I feel that God will be the one to judge him in the end. I’m just hoping that whatever purpose God put him there, he’ll be able to stand face to face with God in peace," she said at the end of the show.

After the show, she made additional comments on her Twitter account, @miriamq.

'A lie from the devil'

"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," she said.

"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 judgement seat of God," she added in a later tweet.

Her tweets spread fast online, earning flak from many people, especially members of the LGBT community.

Even fellow celebrities, such as Jim Paredes, Divine Lee, and Lea Salonga reacted to the issue.

She later apologized and defended herself. "I'm sorry that the truth offends some people but it is truth that comes from God. The truth will set you free. Love you," she tweeted.

"Mahal ko ang LGBT. That's why I am sharing with you the truth. If you are not ready for it, please don't shoot me. I am just a messenger," she added.

Her apology got mixed reactions from the public, with some not accepting her apology.

She later promised to be "more sensitive" in making statements about the LGBT community. - Rappler.com

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