April 21, 2009
Carrie Prejean: True Character
Here is the exchange that started it all
Perez Hilton: "Vermont recently became the 4th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?"
Carrie Prejean: "Well, I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you very much."
Myself, I can't see what all the fuss is about. Her answer was polite and non-confrontational. She did not denigrate or insult anyone. All she did was state her belief, and can hardly be accused of "forcing her morals" on anyone.
But of course it did raise a fuss.
Demonstrating that he us utterly without class, Hilton called Perjean a "dumb bitch" in an interview following the incident. Here's the video blog he made where he says it, if you can stand to watch
What a guy.
But if this was just one loser asking a question then making a video about it we could let it go and I wouldn't be posting this. But it goes farther. A lot farther. Fox News reports this
In an exclusive interview with Pop Tarts on Monday night, Miss USA contestant Brooke Werner said that she was shocked by Miss California's controversial response on Sunday evening.
"Everyone has the right to their own actions," Werner said. "But I totally disagree with Carrie. I have a very different perspective on gay marriage and I would never have said what she said."
The remaining 45 pageant princesses watched the competition from backstage and after Prejean's anti gay marriage answer, apparently the room fell pretty silent.
"A lot of people were shocked," the Vermont beauty queen said. "We were all kind of giving each other those eyes, we couldn't believe it."
And even though Prejean herself as no regrets about her answer, Werner said the pressure of the moment probably made her speak before thinking things thru thoroughly.
"Under the stress, you can't answer at a level you normally would, it is a lot of pressure," she added. "But I thought it was a great question, its a very hot topic right now and was totally appropriate."
"Shocked?" Have we gotten to the point where even politely stating that you personally believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman is "shocking?"
And the condescending statement from Werner that Ms Prejean was under stress so didn't answer as she normally would is pretty revealing about the hollywood mindset.
But it gets better
Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement.
"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement. "I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family."
Apparently we have gotten to the point where for the liberal Hollywood types at least, no dissent on this issue is allowed.
As for Ms Prejean, she's sticking to her guns
In an exclusive interview with FOXNews.com's Courtney Friel, Miss California says her phone has been ringing off the hook with people offering her support after she took on a question about gay marriage on Sunday night's Miss USA telecast.
"I have no regrets about answering [judge Perez Hilton] honestly," she said in one of her first interviews following the show, where she answered that she was against gay marriage becoming legal in California. "He asked me for my opinion and I gave it to him. I have nothing against gay people and I didn't mean to offend anyone in my answer."
In her interview, Prejean talks about being "tested" by God, the outpouring of support, and the first thing she and her family did after the show. (Hint, it involves ketchup and mustard.)
FOXNews.com: How are you feeling today?
Carrie Prejean: Honestly, happy. This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I'm glad I stayed true to myself.
Read the whole thing.
I say God bless Carrie Prejean. Let me explain why
This is about resisting the forces of political correctness that seek to enact their policies by eliminating debate. It is about standing up for decency, for your beliefs in a society where the mockers get the headlines.
What's going on here is a full fledged frontal attack on traditional values. What they're trying to do is make certain subjects undiscussable. We saw the attacks on the Mormon Church in the wake of the defeat of Proposition 8 in California. We are not at all there yet, but we are moving in the direction of the soft-totalitarian state taking shape across the pond.
Some years ago I saw an editorial in one of our local newspapers, congratulating a young man for "standing up" to then-Senator George Allen over the issue of gay rights (or marriage, I forget). The editorial lauded the person for his "courage" in the matter.
At the time I thought, "courage?" About the least courageous thing you can do in America today is speak out for gay rights or marriage in a public forum. You're guaranteed favorable press coverage, and will be extolled by almost all of the talking heads on TV. Speak out against the gay agenda, however, and watch out. You'll be denounced as a bigot, homophobe, on and on.
Carrie Prejean has courage. Real courage. The type of courage we need a lot more of.
I harbor no animosity towards gays themselves. No I do not believe you are automatically going to hell if you are gay (it's not for me to decide anyway. Only God gets to make that judgment). I'm all for tolerance as properly defined; no legal penalties, government discrimination, or personal insults. I'm against gay marriage and having it taught in our schools as an equal lifestyle, that's all.
Political correctness and attempting to end debate are what it's mostly about, but it goes farther. It's about what you do in your daily life. It is not just about big public events/interviews or even political issues.
It's about resisting peer pressure from workmates who want to to go to the bar and have a dozen drinks after work and look at you like you're weird when you demur. It's about situations like when you're on a business trip, and some of the guys want to go to a nudie bar, and having the courage to stand up and say no, that does not comport with your values. It's about standing up when a mocker makes fun of Christianity or tells a dirty joke.
I am sure that Carrie Perjean is the type of person who would stand up when challenged in a personal situation as well.
Not that I've always done the right thing in these circumstances. Like all of us I am a fallen creature, so if you want to make the charge of hypocrisy, then I plead guilty. Peter denied Christ three times after promising not to do so, and likewise I've failed to stand up for things I've believed in at times. But I try, and do think I'm getting better. As with Peter, I'm confident that I'll be reinstated.
Posted by Tom at April 21, 2009 10:30 PM
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How times change.
Use to be that announcing that you were gay, was an act of courage, because it was way out of social morals and acceptence. We all knew there were gays out there, but it wasn't spoke of in polite circles, especially not in public. Gay marriage was never spoken of.
Now, it's just the opposite. If you speak up for heterosexual marriage, you are politically incorrect.
Hilton is the jerk here. She showed polite manners. I hate to think that it is courageous to simply state you support traditional marriage. Seems odd to say that.
For to long gays have been excluded from proper society and discriminated against. Literally beaten up, or killed. That is the kind of treatment that makes me support their effort to become more acceptable in society.
Hollywood, TV, entertainment has always been a more accepting segment of our society, for gays. It does not reflect the majority of society. All polls still show a majority against gay marriage, or support for most gay issues.
I find it sad that she can only find comfort for her remarks, in the conservative side of our society.
The idea is supposed to be equality, not an overturn of society's ideology that would discriminate in the reverse. Of course we are not at that point yet, but the point (well made by this incident and the public reaction) should be a lesson to us all.
Posted by: Time at April 22, 2009 2:23 AM
This had to take courage!
Revealing a viewpoint that runs counter to the liberal leftist standard on national television required guts.
Too bad the lunatic that asked the question didn't ask about the Stimulus bill.
Posted by: MAS1916 at April 22, 2009 11:30 AM
The young lady got a raw deal and I support gay marriage. The jerk in this case is the one that asked that question. he was looking to promote his agenda rather than promote the Miss America Pageant. His sorry rear end deserves to be fired from the program.
Posted by: truth101 at April 22, 2009 4:50 PM
Kudos to you Carrie Prejean your my Miss Everything.
Posted by: jonasego awefui at April 23, 2009 12:50 PM
Snake Hunter Sez,
Tom: Just more 'progressivism', here's more:
July, 2008 - The Organizer-In-Chief said:
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a 'Civilian national security force' that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
Q. Would that be ACORN and La Raza, sir?
Then he added: "People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve!"
Q. Would That Be Women, and girls too, sir?
Posted by: Ralph E. at April 23, 2009 2:01 PM
Good posts all. I found all the comments here to be balanced and fair.
What is the future for the USA when a person can no longer politely, thoughtfully and honestly say what they believe in a democratic society without a vitriolic backlash from the "intoleristas"?
I watched the question and response and I thought the smug self-satisfied Mr. Hilton got more than he bargained for from the young, unassuming Carrie Prejean who gave her answer straight up and without flinching. Her answer seemed to floor him momentarily. When he recovered, the next morning, he came out swinging, but by then the bout was over and Carrie had lost the crown but won the fight.
Among reasonable people she would have been applauded for her forthrightness and for holding her nerve under duress, but not at the Miss USA competition. And as someone said rather than Mr. Hilton being reprimanded by the organisers of the show, it is Ms. Prejean who is now harassed and pilloried.
Is the USA still the land of the free and the home of the brave. Of course! You are free to support the gay agenda and brave to speak up for it.
And like Ms. Prejean you are damned if you have the temerity to "think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you very much."
And thank you too Carrie, for speaking for me, my family and my country Barbados. Where I live we would have given you the key to the city and a welcome home motorcade and parade for standing up for what you believe in the "presence of our enemies".
Posted by: Steve Skeete at April 24, 2009 10:57 AM
Sigh, Miss Prejean's sponsors just announced that "god's will" wasn't good enough for her...so they paid for her bulbous synthetic tata's popping out of her bikini and gowns.
The pulpit pounders insist Jesus was never married and we're to emulate Jesus ... so EXACTLY why does marriage need preserved?
Christian insurgents sinnin' against nice Jewish boy Jesus' edicts....to be nice to ALL people .... have some 'splainin' to do.
Who can remember Jesus saying to love everyone except gay people; if it was such a big deal, he would've mentioned it at least once at his many magic shows or ranting rallies against bigots of his era.
Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man. -Thomas Jefferson
Posted by: Just Sayin' at April 30, 2009 12:29 PM
If all the world would be gay, we won't have children anymore, right? - that's death of society!!!
If all the world would be non gay we would have children.
BUt, you are free to choose, so , what's the problem?
She was honest to defend her beliefs, although she knew the beliefs of the people around right?
BUt in her answer she gave everyone the right to make a choice.
If she looses the crown is because gay want all the world to be gay??? or is it because they are very anti christian? that's racism in my view.
Posted by: cheeky laura :) at May 9, 2009 8:54 AM