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Miss California Carrie Prejean learns that some speech is more free than others

Posted by sanityinjection on April 23, 2009

Roland Martin weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Miss USA pageant, at which Miss California Carrie Prejean, in response to a question from judge Perez Hilton, gave her opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/22/martin.miss.california/index.html

I agree with Mr. Martin’s comments. We cannot say for certain that Prejean lost the competition because of her remarks, but it seems likely. That isn’t the point, though. Knowing the question might be asked, Prejean as a savvy contestant should never have picked outspoken gay rights advocate Perez Hilton to ask her question. And Hilton was entirely within his rights to ask a tough question like that.

Rather, it is the pillorying of Prejean after the competition, particularly by Hilton, that is reprehensible. If you read what Prejean said, it is very clear that she meant no offense to anyone, but was simply being honest about her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman – a belief shared by a large percentage of Californians. Apparently, however, she should have kept her mouth shut, because an honest answer is only OK if it conforms to the left-wing orthodoxy.

Further, for Hilton to publicly call Prejean a “dumb bitch” is shameful and classless. Judges are expected not to make nasty remarks about contestants. I would sincerely hope that it will be a cold day in hell before Mr. Hilton is invited to judge any event of any kind again, since he’s clearly not adult enough to handle it. Of course, Hilton thrives on controversy and is no doubt glorying in all the attention whether positive or negative.

One can agree or disagree with Ms. Prejean’s view on same-sex marriage. But no one should castigate her for her honest expression of it when questioned.

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5 Responses to “Miss California Carrie Prejean learns that some speech is more free than others”

  1. Kate said

    Please don’t think that Hilton’s immature, cruel and attention-seeking remarks are any way representative of “the left.” I’m FOR same-sex marriage (it’s a legal thing for me, not about “gay rights” in particular), and I too found his remarks incredibly offensive and disturbing. Which I guess is what he thrives on.

    I admire Ms. Prejean for speaking honestly and not compromising herself.

  2. sanityinjection said

    Well said, Kate. I was alluding to a much larger pattern on the left, especially at universities, where we see a determined (and too often successful) effort to squelch free speech if it is not deemed to be sufficiently “progressive”:

    https://sanityinjection.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/notre-dame-controversy-is-a-tempest-in-a-teapot/#comment-1145

    However, I certainly agree that no political philosophy deserves to be represented by the likes of Perez Hilton.

  3. Nomad said

    Perez Hilton is to the Miss America Pageant what Paula Abdul is to American Idol

  4. Dane said

    Prejean-Miss Hypocrite
    Carrie Prejean, the Miss California contestant, was correct about homosexuality! It is mortal filth
    and condemned by God’s Word…but Prejean poses semi nude and topless EXPOSING HER
    BREASTS and revealing the bottom of her buttocks…then lied about it…and then she parades
    her body around in the Miss California Pageant EXPOSING HER PARTIAL BREASTS and
    buttocks in a sexual immoral swimsuit before the world! She is 100% a HYPOCRITE and
    she does NOT represent Jesus Christ nor a Christian!!
    Jesus said it this way, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery
    with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better
    for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Hell.” [Mt. 5:28,29]

  5. sanityinjection said

    Dane – Interesting point. Of course, the quote you give explains why it might be sinful for a Christian to look at Ms. Prejean’s body. It doesn’t speak to the question of whether it’s wrong for her to expose it. I think you’d have a hard time arguing that Prejean herself was motivated by lust in doing what she did. If anything, she was motivated by a desire for fame and material gain, and I suppose that would be fair ground on which to criticize her, but that’s not the tack you took, is it?

    I’m sure you’re aware that even within the scope of Christianity itself, over the years and in different parts of the world there have been very different ideas about what constitutes an immoral display of flesh. I’m guessing you probably don’t find it lewd for a woman to bare her ankles or forearms, but there have been societies that would condemn such as wanton behavior in the same way you condemn Prejean. Do you really think that Jesus draws that line and if so, what makes you think He draws it exactly where you do?

    I certainly don’t see Prejean as some sort of saint. My point was that she did the right thing by answering a question honestly and respectfully, and didn’t deserve to be pilloried for it. There are any number of aspects of beauty pageants and indeed the culture of California itself that I find disturbing.

    I’m curious – did you have a quote from Jesus regarding His views on homosexuality? I admit I probably haven’t read the Gospels as much as you have, but I don’t recall the subject coming up very often. Funny how Jesus was more concerned about ministering to the poor and the sick than in harangues about sex, don’t you think?

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