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The Real Issue in the Carrie Prejean Fiasco

November 12, 2009

Some readers have asked if — with the release of topless photos and now a solo sex tape — conservatives, or Christians, or conservative Christians, should consider former Miss California Carrie Prejean a role model. The question strikes me as off-base, a hybrid of the cult of hero worship and the 24/7 media’s information overload.

The underlying issue in the Prejean case is not — or at least, it has never been for me — one of the pageant (near-)winner’s character or admirability. It’s a simple matter of the Left’s aggressive politicization of every aspect of life, including beauty pageants and football.

To entertain the question, most Christians would have difficulty with any role model whose life’s work serves to increase the works of the flesh. And fundamental to both the conservative and Christian message is the understanding God is replicated among men only with varying degrees of imperfection; thus, to idolize anyone is a disappointment in the making. It is a lesson drilled into anyone who has been scandalized by clergy or politicians, betrayed by a spouse or co-workers, or let down by friends or family. Few people have earned a level of trust; fewer still keep it.

Does Carrie Prejean deserve such a status? The deeper question is: Who cares? The existence of topless photos, a solo sex tape, or a secret home altar to Baal are irrelevant to Prejean’s underlying story: as a contestant in a beauty contest, she was sabotaged by a bigoted hysteric and almost certainly lost the national crown on the basis of politics. From that moment, pageant officials seemed to try to find every conceivable way to revoke her Miss California title. Now, a string of sexually explicit photos and a video have hit the news — all because she gave an apologetic endorsement of a 5,000-year-old institution that happens to be the bedrock of civilization.

The issue is not whether Carrie Prejean is a model Christian, conservative role model, or a good spokesmodel. The issue is the unconscionable behavior of pageant officials and the media, and the Left’s insatiable desire to feast on the blood of its enemies. The Left cannot defend Perez Hilton’s antics, so it has made a concerted effort to destroy Carrie Prejean. Anita Dunn could not defend the health care bill, so she made a concerted effort to  destroy Fox News and Glenn Beck. No one could defend Bill Clinton, so his detail made a concerted effort to paint Monica Lewinsky as a stalker and Paula Jones as trailer trash. Those thuggish tactics are what conservatives rightly oppose.

The fact that Prejean made a solo sex tape puts her in the company of approximately 100 percent of her fellow models. It is relevant only to those children being told to base their entire lives on her sacred teachings; I surmise they are few indeed. If Prejean want to do the nation a great service, she could use the remaining time she would have served as Miss USA to warn teenage girls about the dangers of sexting.

If the Left wants to carp about morality, it can begin by applying some of its newfound scruples to Levi Johnston. Conservatives would do well to keep the main issue in focus.

31 Comments
  1. David Forsmark permalink
    November 12, 2009 9:40 am

    Exactly!

  2. November 12, 2009 10:14 am

    Another great article here. These leftists think they are G-D. Plutoctat pigs..

  3. November 12, 2009 10:17 am

    “Fallen man” has wanted to take the place of God and turn things on their head by wanting God to live up to our standards. We have great difficulty when we try to improve on our own. In order to keep from falling into temptation, our faith will seek to try to do something about this condition of our nature. Some are challenged more than others and need to try harder. Others are challenged less (They seem to be less of a threat to the ways of the our enemies.)

  4. John Davidson permalink
    November 12, 2009 10:49 am

    Carrie mis-spoke and was ostracized from the liberal event. That’s all.

    • November 12, 2009 11:56 am

      ‘Carrie mis-spoke’ Mis-spoke WHAT? She said what she believed. That is not mis-speaking…she didnt answer according to the Communist agaenda, and now they will polarize her.
      Hopefully this poor lady wont do something rash. I wish I could just do something.

      • November 12, 2009 12:34 pm

        He means she committed thought-crime. :)

        • November 12, 2009 1:25 pm

          Ahhh….Can’t do that… Pardon me John, I apologize.

          Yes, the YES WE CAN PATROL will be monitoring our thoughts very soon. Too bad we are not ‘allowed’ to monitor theirs, then we could see exactly what this totalitarian regime is up to.

          Ben, I like Carrie Prejean. She did wrong, but the way they are conducting themselves will absolutely destroy this young woman for many years to come. It is certainly grieving to me. Imagine being her age, pretty, courageous, and she has the most hateful sub-humans alive attacking you 24/7, and not just the left, but Christians!!!! W-T-F!

          I tell ya, this is making me very depressed.

          • John Davidson permalink
            November 12, 2009 3:30 pm

            Accepted, ma’m. You see when listening to politicians, we sometimes take them at their word, later realizing our mistake. We apologizem they don’t. Thanks for being hum,an.

  5. November 12, 2009 11:04 am

    It’s unfortunate that young girls in the US think it’s socially acceptable to have a sex tapes thanks to Miss California. A bigger thanks to Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian who started this whole fad. Sure the girls who do these videos locally will be popular for a few months, but I feel bad for their parents and family.

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  6. November 12, 2009 1:39 pm

    I completely agree that the Left’s scorched-earth tactics are the biggest, most important scandal by far. I also don’t think we should be prying into every detail of Carrie’s life, and I’d like nothing more that to ignore the Hollywood/paparazzi sludge entirely. Heck, I’m not even horrified by the idea of a Christian partaking in beauty contests.

    But if Christians and conservatives are going to go beyond defending her for speech the Left dislikes into making her a conservative icon (which some have), they’re inviting the inevitable charges of hypocrisy and recklessness the Left makes out of such revelations, and if she accepts that role and gives America new messages that aren’t so great after all, those absolutely need to be addressed.

  7. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 12, 2009 1:45 pm

    All this proves is that people are complex beings who function on a number of levels, a mother cannot become a mother without first being a sexual being. Yet when we use the word mother the image conjured in our minds eye is anything but sexual. Does this make all of us who think of our mothers in asexual terms hypocrites? The left would have us believe that it is impossible to both believe in God and be a sexual being; yet it is this need to reach out to others that makes us worthwhile as beings. Our sexuality is in that sense both humbling and elevating in that it drives us to the other in a seriously impulsive way sometimes not much different from derangement.

    Just because Prejean believes in traditional values does not mean that she is not also a sexual being. The converse would be to assume that leftists and progressives would eschew wealth if it came their way merely because they advocate the redistribution of wealth. Mr. Leftist himself, Noam Chomsky, is a wealthy man not prone to giving away his leftist lucre, yet he is not considered a hypocrite by his buddies on the left. It can no more be claimed that Prejean’s regrettable frolic before the camera delegitimizes her traditional views of marriage than we can delegitimize Chomsky’s views solely because he is rich. Being a role model precludes public sexual displays, but as any morally wayward athlete will attest, they never asked to be placed in that position. The lesson here is that somehow the sport survives the peccadilloes of its participants just as traditional marriage will survive the tawdry assault on Prejean.

  8. Charlie permalink
    November 12, 2009 1:47 pm

    The Left cannot defend Perez Hilton’s antics, so it has made a concerted effort to destroy Carrie Prejean.

    Conversely, the Right cannot defend Carrie Prejean’s (and their own) sexual hypocrisy, so it has made a concerted effort to destroy Perez Hilton and Ms. Prejean’s other critics.

    You did it to Bill Clinton, you did it to Eliot Spitzer, you did it to John Edwards.

    But you remained incredibly silent about the sexual indiscretions of Newt Gingrich, David Vitter, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, John Ensign, and Mark Sanford.

    Most are sick of the massive hypocrisy that your selective outrage reveals.

    You demonize politicians on the Left when they fail to live by your Christian sexual standards, yet you look the other way when it is so rampant in your own backyard.

    You talk about the sacred nature of marriage, despite the fact that half of all heteroseual marriages fail in this country. And worse yet, marriages in red state America fail significantly more often than those in blue state America.

    Stop being so hypocritical in how you judge others and people will stop demonizing you and your spokespeople like Ms. Prejean.

    • Ross permalink
      November 12, 2009 2:31 pm

      “You did it to Bill Clinton, you did it to Eliot Spitzer, you did it to John Edwards.”

      The accusations against Clinton were made by women who worked with him, all Democrats. The Edwards affair was mostly uncovered by the National Equirer.

      As for Spitzer, he actively prosecuted people who paid for sex, and the FBI caught him paying for sex.

      Republicans were bit part players in all three cases.

    • November 12, 2009 11:36 pm

      All are vulnerable to the problems we face as human beings. As a Christian, I make an effort to avoid the circumstance that will lead to such a problem. When the temptations occur, as they will; I know there is a way out. There are standards to live by, guidelines that help and practices that provide safety. It helps to congregate with others that care about your well being and respect your faith. If I choose to mix with ill intentions or to ignore a warning sign, there will be consequences for the actions taken. Christians know this and try to do something about it. Marriage is a much safer place to enjoy being yourself.

  9. Ross permalink
    November 12, 2009 2:35 pm

    As for Prejean, I’m not a Christian and find the question of gay marriage to be utterly trivial but the hate campaign being directed at a young woman for doing no more than stating what is the standard position of the large majority of people of her faith has been extraordinary and vicious beyond belief.

    • November 12, 2009 4:44 pm

      ‘As for Prejean, I’m not a Christian and find the question of gay marriage to be utterly trivial but the hate campaign being directed at a young woman for doing no more than stating what is the standard position of the large majority of people of her faith has been extraordinary and vicious beyond belief.’
      —–
      Ross, I will defend this young lady until she gets some peace and quiet–the best I can, online,. possibly in a Y.T..
      These “Christians” must be Christian in name only- I know many born-agains that are the best people and I love them. It is sad, though, I agree.

  10. John Davidson permalink
    November 12, 2009 3:53 pm

    Reviewing these comments, ilicit behavior is condoned if you are a member of the party attacked. In essence. if I was to say a member of my family who commits a crime it is okay, while condemming the neighbor’s child for doing the same. That really does not absolve anyone, does it?.

    The percentage of our representatives who are involve in questionable activities continues while we agrue about which member is the worst of the lot, but nothing gets done.

    Three men go into a store, two of them get into a heated argument that the propietor intervenes to thwart a pontential violent situation. While distracted, the third man empties the cash register, the other two men appologize and leave. They meet the third man and split the spoils of their scam.

    Sound familiar.

  11. shane comeback permalink
    November 13, 2009 4:45 am

    Charlie,those republican sex-pervs you mentioned got hammered pretty badly, as I recall. Oh and you left one guy out…because he is a Dim? ‘Lil Barney Frank,whose intern boyfriend used the Barn’s house for a homosexual hohouse.Why,it was such a scandal that Frank was forced to resign..no wait…
    Oh, and your marriage failure statistics have been discredited.

  12. November 13, 2009 7:53 am

    It would be interesting to know how you feel about this: The pageant rules and regulations require that the applicant fully disclose any existance of nude photos or videos of themselves. Failure to do so is justifiable grounds for disqualification. Carrie Prejean did not disclose that information. By entering the pageant fraudulently by lying, she was ineligible to compete and from day one she was deceitful. The ensuing fiasco, which morphed and festered into the tragic train wreck of drama that it is, was needless, afterall. I won’t judge her on her anti-gay marriage stance (discriminatory) or her religious morality (questionable). I will, however, judge her on her fraudulent, lying and deceitful actions, and for subjecting America to the circus that is Carrie Christian Prejean.

    • Ross permalink
      November 13, 2009 8:22 am

      That is actually a legitimate complaint, although I suspect most of the entrants keep quiet about any embarrassing photographs, and Prejean does deserve criticism for that (and the lawsuit was an act of hubris given the existence of the photos).

      However the photos and the video aren’t the reason for the level of vitriol being poured upon her.

  13. IU ERIK permalink
    November 13, 2009 8:47 am

    I thought this was a really freat article. i will be on the lookout for more of your writings Mr. Johnson

  14. peachey permalink
    November 13, 2009 12:50 pm

    Despite all of the spagetti being thrown on the wall to see what sticks, I urge all Conservatives to keep their eyes on the ball and disregard the chaos around us. The intent of the chaos is to prevent unity of purpose and the unseating of the Progressive political base. Keep your eyes on the prize. With everything whirling around us with ACORN, scandels, scoundrels, lies, deceit, and insane legislative bills that will destroy this country, I urge everyone to remain focused, find a position, candidate,a cause and grab on to it with everything that you have and steer this country into the right direction for the sake of our children. There is no time to spend on analyzing the worthiness of Ms. Prejean’s Christian roots or whether or not people hooked up to the wrong wagon. The one sure thing that this current administration and the Progressive movement devotee’s are experts at is deception and obfuscation. She made a mistake, like many teenagers (remember that they do not develop a thinking brain until their mid- to late-twenties), and I for one forgive her and will not dwell on the silliness that surrounds what was a liberal attack on Christianity by proxy. JMO.

  15. November 13, 2009 2:35 pm

    ‘I will, however, judge her on her fraudulent, lying and deceitful actions’
    —————
    So, she is beyond your Christian forgiveness…
    Whats the scripture in the bible? “He who is without sin among you, cast the first stone?

    I suppose you are perfect, in no need of forgiveness, and you are a big man, and she a ‘dirty-trallop’ eh?
    Well, lets hope G-d will look upon you with the same kindness and ‘forgiveness’ that you have given this young woman, in the midst of the media already tearing her life apart. ^5.

  16. Guytano Parks permalink
    November 13, 2009 9:11 pm

    Let me rephrase part of my previous comment (for themadjewess): instead of saying *I judge her, etc.* it should have been, *she should be judged by her lying, etc.* And I don’t mean judged in a religious sense (I do not believe in religion; so many of them and they all think that their’s is it. Rediculous). Think in terms of applying for a job. If the application asks for disclosure of certain information – stating that nondisclsure is grounds for termination – then you sign the app/contract fraudulently by lying and not disclosing the info, you are justifiably terminated. Nothing to do with religion or forgiveness. Everything to do with lying, deceit and fraud and the employer’s right to deem you unfit for the job. Period.

    • November 14, 2009 6:08 am

      ‘Everything to do with lying, deceit and fraud and the employer’s right to deem you unfit for the job. Period.’
      —–
      Please allow me to make myself perfectly candid. Your job as a person of the Christian faith, is to show love and compassion to this young lady at this time in her life. Is she not cut off enough, and punished enough? Is this how your faith operates?

      Forgive me, sir, but I do not believe in kicking a dog when its down, and I am not a wishy washy person.

      * NOBODY * said what she did is right by any stretch of the imagination, (I would have let her go myself) but it has been mentioned here on this board, that the people that should be showing, at least kindness, must be people of the Christian faith, and they have failed. I don’t believe that MY G-d is one that seperates ‘religion from work’. He is omnipotent. G-d does not leave people stranded in the darkest hour, NOT the G-d I know.

      “They will know you, by your love you have for one-another?” Whether she did right or wrong, why can you not show love, is it all that hard?

    • November 14, 2009 6:11 am

      And I don’t mean judged in a religious sense (I do not believe in religion’

      But, you ARE acting as if you ARE G-d. Conservative values will show this young woman love, and kindness, religion or no religion.

  17. November 14, 2009 7:38 am

    Again, to themadjewess: I am NOT a Christian. I am a NON-believer of ANY religion. Period. An employer who terminates (at their discretion; their prerogative) an employee because they did not disclose info – per requirement of the application (they vary from business to business, you know) – does so justifiably and legally. And, again, this has nothing to do with god or religion. It has everything to do with the employer’s rights/protection. Any business deal that includes a contract has terms to be abided by. Failure to do so (breach) is grounds for termination. This is true of just about everything, including job applications, car purchases/rentals, apartment/house leases, anything to do with banks/finance, etc., and, yes, pageant contracts. What has god/religion got to do with business practices?

  18. November 14, 2009 8:06 am

    Could Carrie Prejean have disclosed that she had posed for nude photos and made sex videos (8 videos, 30+ photos according to latest reports), and deliberated with pageant officials to decide if she was eligible to compete? YES, by all means. Did she do that (the correct thing to do)? NO. We will never know what the pageant officials would or would not have accepted/agreed to, which would have been their prerogative/legal right. AGGGAIN, to themadjewess: it has NOTHING (that would be NOTHING) TO DO WITH GOD AND RELIGION.

  19. November 14, 2009 8:49 am

    I believe it is possible to have a personal relationship with Christ and receive the benefits His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. The contrary nature to the Spirit are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred (sedition,) discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like. We have freedom to do as we like, but the consequences of indulging in the contrary spirit of biting and devouring each other, raises the possibility of destroying each other. “Love your neighbor as your self.” Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud or rude or self seeking or easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs or delight in in evil but rejoices in truth. Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. In marriage, there is freedom in love, and there is safety. Personal relationships require efforts that reflect our love or they cannot endure the threats of life. Contrary spirit is seldom challenged as it is already in step with evil. Christianity is all about self control rather than controlling others; however it requires a strong defense. I do not consider myself religious; I believe that I am frequently subjected to the contrary spirit as a human being; and consider myself as a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

  20. November 14, 2009 12:46 pm

    AGGGAIN, to themadjewess: it has NOTHING (that would be NOTHING) TO DO WITH GOD AND RELIGION.’

    Yes, I know, perhaps you missed my last post.

  21. November 14, 2009 1:29 pm

    Peace,out.

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