Are you a big fan of beauty pageants? Well, I’m not either. I don’t even notice ‘em come and go. But the Miss USA pageant in Vegas the week after Easter sure raised some dust.
It seems that Carrie Prejean, Miss California, was the front-runner until one of the “judges,” the self-styled “Perez Hilton,” asked her if she thought that the U.S. should legalize same-sex marriage. Carrie replied, “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…” She ultimately came in second.
“Mr. Hilton” later blasted her on his video blog, saying, “She was the front-runner. She lost it.” He later remarked that she lost not because of her views, but because she was a dumb b____. The publicity was good for him, earning him guest spots with Larry King et al. The directors of the Miss California pageant weighed in as well: “We are personally saddened and hurt” (i.e. by her views).
“Perez Hilton” is actually Mario Lavandeira, a gay Cuban-American provocateur, who has spent years advocating for gay causes. It so happens that Miss Prejean’s views are the law in California. The state constitution reads, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," thanks to Proposition 8, which passed into law on November 4, 2008. But Lavandeira, having wormed his way into his “judgeship,” used his position to advance his agenda and politicize the pageant. It worked.
I cannot help thinking of the parallels between his question and the way the Pharisees tried to set Jesus up when they “asked” a “question” about whether Jews should pay taxes to Rome or not. As they figured it, Jesus would embarrass himself no matter which way he answered. Lavandeira pushed Miss Prejean into the middle of an intense national debate. Perhaps he thinks he trapped her into embarrassing herself and the Christians who would naturally support her.
I’m proud of her. I think God is, too. Furthermore, I think God will have future honors and blessings for her far more valuable than a Miss USA tiara. Carrie, you rock.
Straight talk. Real hope.