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  • Country queen Carrie Underwood has touched off a backlash among conservative fans over her support for gay marriage not seen since The Dixie Chicks dissed President Bush’s 2003 plan to attack Iraq.

    In hindsight, the chicks, were spot on. The war in Iraq was a disastrous misadventure that cost 4,000 U.S. lives for little gain and hundreds of billions of dollars.

    But at the time, country stations across the nation pulled the Chicks from playlists. They were reacting to Chicks singer Natalie Maines’ remark from a London stage that she was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

    Now, the 29-year-old country music star is facing a similar backlash. She was also in London. She told UK newspaper The Independent, everyone had the right to love. Her church was gay-friendly and it wasn’t her job to judge people, she added.

    But she sure is getting judged. Joseph Farah a conservative Christian and Tea Party activist, charged that Underwood betrayed the word of God. “That’s blasphemy – and there’s just too much of it coming from people claiming to be Christians,” he wrote on his blog.

    He charges Underwood with “biblical illiteracy” and said it’s not love “by purposely not confronting their sin – and allowing them to be comfortable with their sin.”

    Underwood told the Associated Press she’s not out to make controversy, but was only responding to a difficult question.

    “I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” the singer told the newspaper. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

    She also said: “Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me.’ No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”

    So far, there hasn’t been any effort to pull her records from radio station playlists, and protest appear to be confined to conservative religious types.

    Underwood is in Europe promoting her new album Blown Away.