American Idol Contestant Mocked for Christian Beliefs by Idol Host

January 21st, 2008 7:32 PM

Now, I have never seen this show, so you'll have to excuse me if I am misunderstanding the whole American Idol "thing," OK? As I seem to recall, the deal is that you sing for a washed up 80s pop star, a fat guy no one ever heard of and some English dude and they rate you on your talent. Right? Or is it that they are supposed to rate you on your sex life and moral beliefs? Because, it seems that host Ryan Seacrest has given some unwanted "advice" to a recent contestant that offered that at 19 he'd never kissed a girl. In response, Seacrest told him to "go kiss some girls," and hoped that once he came back to audition again he'd "come back less a boy and more a man." This did not amuse contestant Bruce Dickson who says the reason he'd never kissed a girl was because of his Christian moral convictions.

So, is being a Christian with closely held moral convictions now a disqualifying thing to be a proper contestant on TV's American Idol? If Seacrest has anything to say about it, it would seem so.

CNSnews is reporting the outrageous mocking of Dickson's religious morals.

When the 19-year-old from Bastrop, Texas, was asked to share something about himself, he said he'd never kissed a girl.

"What?" Randy Jackson asked. "On purpose?"

"On purpose," Dickson said. "I want to save everything for that one special woman. On my wedding day, that will be my first kiss."

Jackson's advice to Dickson after the judges sent him packing: "Go kiss some girls."

Simon Cowell, eyebrows raised, told him cryptically: "Avoid Ryan (Seacrest) on the way out."

Seacrest himself ended the segment featuring Dickson with these words: “Maybe next year he’ll come back less a boy and more a man.”

Is this what a singer on American Idol signs up for? Somehow I doubt that Seacrest would make so much fun of a girl that told them she had been with 20 guys by the time she was 19.

For his part, Bruce Dickson is standing true to his principles. He told CNSnews that,“a real man would rather wait than just do whatever with whoever."

Good for him not to let these immoral, blowhards to shake him from his ideals.

Of course, we all know that this is an attack on both Christianity and homeschooling.

Dickson said his family is Christian and attends a non-denominational church. He and his siblings are home-schooled. Dickson did attend two Christian schools in high school so that he could play sports. He was crowned homecoming king in his senior year at Vacaville High School, in Vacaville, Calif.

Fortunately, Dickson isn't going to let this all get him down. He's said he'll continue to try for a singing career and his beliefs aren't to be shaken by the loose morals of a Ryan Seacrest. And young Mr. Dickson is fortunate to have a family that is there to help him.

"I think of myself as a regular guy...This is an important thing for me, and I knew I might not be able to handle it on my own, so I asked my father to help me."

So, good for this young man and I wish him luck on his future endeavors.

Now, I have one last question. Does Ryan Seacrest really have any discernible talent?