Monday, April 20, 2009

And So It Begins

I'm not, as you might guess, a big believer in beauty pageants. There are so many things wrong with them: exploitation of women, the sexualized nature of much of the pageantry, the reinforcing of the stereotype that to be beautiful one must be tall, extremely thin, yet still built like a Barbie doll, the inanity of much of the competition, and so on. Sure, I've heard women defend them because of the scholarship opportunities and the confidence-building that can be a part of the process, but these aren't terribly convincing arguments to me to retain such spectacles, which probably inspire more sins against the sixth commandment than they inspire anything else.

So I missed the whole fuss that occurred when Miss California, Carrie Prejean, openly acknowledged that she is a knuckle-dragging bigot of the first order--or heroically proclaimed an uncomfortable truth, depending on how you look at it:
Miss California says candor cost her the crown in Sunday's Miss USA competition.

Carrie Prejean, 21, probably knew she was in trouble when she acknowledged her opposition to same-sex marriages in response to a question from openly gay judge Perez Hilton, the celebrity blogger.

"In my country, and in my family, I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman," Prejean replied. Later, she lost to Miss North Carolina.

"It did cost me my crown," Prejean said of her response, on Monday's "Billy Bush Show." "I wouldn't have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that's all I can do."

In an appearance Monday on MSNBC, Hilton said he was absolutely "shocked and incredibly frustrated and disappointed" with Prejean's stance.

"That's not the kind of woman I want to be Miss USA," he said. "Miss USA should represent all Americans and, with her answer, she instantly alienated millions of gays and lesbians and their friends."

Earlier, Hilton had said on his video blog he would have run onstage and ripped the tiara off Prejean's head had she won the title.

And the blogger would not have been the only member of the Miss USA family to go apoplectic had Prejean advanced in the competition. Keith Lewis, executive director of California's Miss USA operations, said in a statement released to Hilton that "religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family."
This is probably the first time that an American has been publicly punished for "wrongthink" for daring to express that marriage ought to be between a man and a woman. It won't be the last--and there will come a time when we will look back with nostalgic fondness on the days when only having the wrong opinion on abortion would cost you anything. In fact, I think that in future years "Prejeaning" will be defined as "A process of punishing people for having the wrong opinions about same-sex marriage; similar to Borking but expressed with greater violence and followed by the total shunning of the offender."

Notice the way the opposition to Miss Prejean and her beliefs (to which she is as much entitled as anyone) was expressed: gay blogger Perez Hilton declares that such a woman can't possibly represent all Americans (never mind the fact that those of us who oppose same-sex marriage aren't in the least represented by all those who clamor for it), and the executive director of California's Miss USA group sneers that religious beliefs have no place in politics--not if you want to be a Miss California pageant contestant, that is.

Even though the venue for this particular moment in history leaves much to be desired, we can't overlook what these statements mean. They are a declaration of war--a newer, uglier, more horrific engagement in the culture war than anything we've ever seen before.

What happened to all the rhetoric that gets dragged out mendaciously when someone publicly admits to being (gasp) pro-life? The words and phrases which claim that "good people can disagree," that "this is a complex issue," that "we can respect our opponents' beliefs even if we can never reach a consensus?" With such words the pro-aborts have tried to pretend a tolerance and respect for the other side, however far they are from feeling it; but on the issue of gay marriage, take note: no dissent will be tolerated, now or ever. You can't, according to these totalitarian thugs, be a good person and disagree that two men or two women are a marriage. You can't, according to these perfidious practicioners of perversion and their vicious enablers, think that there is anything complex about tearing down and destroying traditional marriage and replacing it with state-endorsed sodomy. You are not, according to these spiteful dictators and scurrilous tyrants, allowed to express your "religious" beliefs in public; "religion" has become a synonym for "bigotry," and it must be crushed.

The same-sex marriage agitators and their pet useful idiots who support them have been saying all along that no one will get hurt in a post-same-sex pseudo-marriage world. It shouldn't be any surprise that they've been lying. They're willing to destroy anyone who opposes them; and it begins with a beauty-pageant contestant who dared to go off-script and admit that she's not too keen on the lunacy and demonic idiocy called "gay marriage."


Charlotte said...

I feel horrible for Miss California. They'll try to make her "pay" for this statement, they'll make life hell for her. I hope she doesn't back down and apologize the way Rick Warren has.

On a similar topic, I need some help defending my own anti-gay marriage stance. Anyone want to come over and help me?

Ann said...

I wish there was something we could do to show our support for her. I am so amazed at her honesty. Imagine the courage it took knowing what would happen.

Sarah (JOT) said...

This is precisely what we are all being called to do: stand for the truth even if it slays us in the process. I am more concerned about my afterlife than this one. I'm more concerned about other's afterlife as well. It will be a difficult battler for certain.

Francisco said...

I can't, for the life of me, understand how the "heterosexual marriage is a religious belief" arguments gets such a free pass. It constitutes "religious" belief only inasmuch ethics and other general societal lines common to most civilizations are to be considered "religious belief".

Did Aristotle, that champion of Reason, argue for gay marriage (Plato's Republic is a different beast altogether)? How about Confucius? Cicero? Seneca? Locke? And Kant, secular philosopher extraordinaire (who, if I recall correctly, called for the execution of children out of wedlock)?

Has ANY civilization or culture, religious or not, EVER accepted and legitimized the institution of gay marriage as an equal to that of heterosexual nature?

Where are these questions in public discourse??

Magister Christianus said...

totalitarian thugs

perfidious practicioners of perversion and their vicious enablers

state-endorsed sodomy

Erin, you wield your language sword with deftness and accuracy! You chose the perfect epithets.

Your reference to state-endorsed sodomy is similar to my post "The Meaning of Words" at There is no such thing as gay marriage any more than there is such a thing as a square triangle. Governments and celebrity bloggers can put any two nouns together that they like, but they will not have in fact created a new entity.

There is sodomy. It can be serial sodomy or ongoing, lifestyle sodomy. A person can be in a long-term sodomite relationship in which the two individuals have committed to practice sodomy only with each other. There is not, however, nor can there be such a thing as gay marriage.

Lisa said...

I feel the way you do about the pageant thing ~ and only would have tuned in had I known Miss California would be shown taking such a courageous stand. (Sad, isn't it, that we have to call that courageous?) God help our country; He's already blessing Miss Prejean.

LarryD said...

Erin - off topic - but I've nominated your blog over at The Crescat for the 2009 Cannonball Awards.

Red Cardigan said...

Gosh, Larry! Thank you so much!