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In The News: Miss California and Marriage

ImageIn the Miss USA beauty pageant last week, Miss California made it to the top five, where each contestant was asked a question by one of the celebrity judges. The judge she drew is a man named Perez Hilton. Hilton is openly homosexual, and is famous as a gossip columnist, though he does not write for any paper. He created a blog (weblog) where he gossips, and “outs” homosexual celebrities. He is a very controversial character, and it is surprising that he was recruited to judge the competition.

Hilton’s question and Miss California’s (Carrie Prejean) answer follow here:

Q: Vermont recently became the 4th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?

A: “Well I think its 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.”

A careful reading of Prejean’s answer shows that she was caught a bit off guard, and answered in an rather awkward way. It is widely believed that she lost the entire competition because of the answer. She finished as runner up, and was expected to win the competition. She has been widely criticized for her answer, though to her credit she has not apologized for her convictions in the matter. In an interview on FOX news, she rightly noted that California’s Proposition 8, was decided in favor of the traditional definition of marriage. In other words, even in that liberal state, the majority of voters believe that marriage should be defined as a relationship between a man and a woman.

That fact has not lessened the criticism she has received. This again shows a real disconnect between the media and others in positions of influence, and regular Americans. Hilton himself was extremely critical following the pageant, lashing out at Prejean in a profanity laced tirade on his blog, using a number of extremely disparaging and offensive terms while referring to her.

Two things to note.

  • First, there has been almost no criticism of Hilton, nor of the pageant for choosing such an inappropriate person to judge the competition. The homosexual lobby has gained control of the majority of the media, and the homosexual agenda has a real foothold there.
  • Second, a statement made by Miss Prejean in her FOX interview is interesting and laudable. She said that she had a choice between being politically correct and Biblically correct. She chose to be Biblically correct.

While I believe these beauty pageants to be inappropriate, (immodest apparel and the objectification of women are the two most obvious objections), I applaud the fact that in her comments Miss Prejean expressed her belief in the legitimacy of Biblical values. It took courage, and she has had to endure some unjust and severe criticism as a result.

Brethren, we are living in ungodly times. We live among “those who call evil good, and good evil” (cf. Isaiah 5:20). In the face of such ungodliness, we must “shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15).