Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Family Research Council Defends Miss California Carrie Prejean

The conservative Family Research Council threw its support behind Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA. The pageant contestant has come under fire for her answer to a question about same-sex marriage.

The FRC slams Perez Hilton in a press release.

Miss USA Pageant Guilty Of Cheap Ratings Stunt At Expense Of Miss California's Reputation

So-Called 'Celebrity Blogger' Perez Hilton and Pageant Producers
Owe Carrie Prejean Apology for Bigoted Behavior

Washington, D.C.- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins today stated his admiration and support for Carrie Prejean-Miss California 2009 and first runner-up in this past weekend's Miss USA contest-for her candid defense of traditional marriage and her fortitude in the face of continued baseless personal attacks.

"It's no secret that the Miss USA pageant's ratings and prestige have plummeted significantly over the past several years. Carrie Prejean has been victimized by this flagging production in a vain attempt to generate interest through controversy rather than substance," stated Perkins. Prejean's Christian beliefs were no secret to the organization; she quotes a biblical passage in her official bio on the Miss California USA website, citing Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," as a daily source of inspiration. This fact, combined with so-called "celebrity blogger" Perez Hilton's reputation for outlandishness and homosexual activism, make the origins of this entire firestorm suspect. "Mr. Hilton attempted to transform this event into his own personal political soapbox so he could mock the traditional values Miss California holds dear. Based on her home state's recent vote on Proposition 8, a majority of the Californians she represents feel the same as she does.

"Perez Hilton's vitriol at Miss Prejean display an appalling level of intolerance and bigotry toward not only her, but women in general and apparently anyone else who exercise their right to express support for the true definition of marriage," Perkins said. "Put simply, Miss Prejean is right: Marriage can only occur between one man and one woman. Mr. Hilton absurdly wants to translate his opposition to this truth into a standard for beauty pageants."

Hilton's diatribes have been met with relative silence, if not tacit approval, from the Miss USA organization, women's rights groups, free speech advocates and the homosexual community at large. "The stunning silence from groups like N.O.W. and the Human Rights Campaign leads me to question if these organizations regard Mr. Hilton, or at least his statements, as representative of their philosophy," said Perkins. "Most shameful, though, is that the Miss USA organization has remained mute in defending Miss California and condemning this deplorable hate speech by one of its own judges.

"At the very least, Mr. Hilton and the entire Miss USA organization owe Carrie Prejean a sincere apology," concluded Perkins.

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  1. I totally agree with the above statement. A political agenda was behind the pagent. The question should never have been asked and left to the politics of each state. This is reverse bigotry and non tolerance in it's truest form. Freedon of speech cannot be untolerated just because it does not agree with the agenda and beliefs of other groups.

  2. The National Organization of Conservative Women also stands behind Miss. Prejean.

  3. Asking a question about same sex marriage at a Miss America pageant is out of place and bad form, just like Perez Hilton would do

  4. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Carrie at the 2009 Miss California pageant she was one
    of the nicest most beautiful young lady I have ever meet. You go girl!! God Bless You.

  5. I totally agree with the statement and feel that Mr. Hilton had Ms. Prejean marked for that question and I am sure he would not have asked that same question of the other contestants. He set her up and used her as a platform for his own personal beliefs and clearly obvious intolerance. Ms. Prejean answered the question with poise, class and honesty, something Mr. Hilton will never achieve if he lives to be 100 years old.

  6. I'm glad that at least one organization, the National Organization of Conservative Women, took a stand on this topic. Too many conservative voices seemed stifled or, chose not to fight this battle. I believe those other Christian organizations were either selectively excluded by the press or underestimated the seriousness of this blatant display of anti-Christian behavior - even though it was "just a beauty pageant." I don't believe that as Christians we have the option to be overly selective on the issues we address. We need to address anti-Christian controversy when it becomes this public with grace and love but with the strength of conviction. Certainly, there will be many more controversies as the TV media gets emboldened by the lack of Christian responses...thus, the need to address even what may appear to be a "minor" issue.