It's interesting (in a masochistic sort of way) to watch the lunatic hysteria over Miss California's statement about "gay marriage." First of all, Carrie Prejean WAS politically correct when she said how wonderful it was to live in a country where people could basically "choose one or the other" (same sex or opposite sex marriage). If she had stopped there the gay community would be licking her Miss USA diamond tiara. But she then had the courage to give her politically incorrect personal opinion, "In my family and the way I was brought up" marriage should be between a man and a woman. (Shocking! horrifying! how dare she?) Interestingly, the audience agreed with Carrie measured by applause. (You can hear it yourself on YouTube.) Nonetheless she is now a target for every gay activist on the planet and all their fellow travelers.
Perez Hilton illustrated how utterly despicable and without any trait of the gentleman he is. (As one wag put it, "You first have to be a man to be a gentleman.") First he described this lovely young woman as a "dumb b----" because she didn't answer the question to his liking. Then he apologized. Then he retracted his apology (presumably after he tested the waters of popularity) and said he was actually thinking the "c" word. Barbarian is probably too kind a description to use for Perez Hilton. (Pray for him. That's what Carrie said she would do.)
Obviously The question had only one acceptable answer and one purpose -- to increase and advance the gay "marriage" agenda. On Larry King, Hilton said, “I do expect Miss USA to be politically correct" so it was clearly the "gotcha" question. Whichever contestant got it, she was supposed to be a patsy and shill for gay "marriage." (It's certainly interesting that the Christian contestant who was willing to stand up for her true beliefs drew the question - and admitted praying her way through it. I wish she had prayed herself into a modest bathing suit.)
One of the big losers in this controversy in my opinion is the Miss USA pageant and their affiliate, Miss California. Miss USA has been losing viewers over the past few years and this controversy is likely to alienate many, especially conservatives whether people of faith or just people of sense. The Miss California organizers were downright pathetic! Instead of apologizing for the vile and infantile behavior of Perez Hilton, they chose to attack Carrie Prejean instead. According to columnist Michelle Malkin, "The pageant director of the Miss California contest, Keith Lewis, sent a note to Hilton throwing Prejean under the bus: 'I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman...Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family.'"
Huh? Does this guy realize that the voters of California agree with Carrie not Hilton? And let me ask him a question. Is it okay for atheists and humanists to have an opinion on politics? Are only Christians disqualified? Will they be screened out in future Miss California contests? Maybe Lewis needs to review the Nuremberg Laws in Germany that disqualified Jews from participating in German society. Or the Jim Crow laws that discriminated against blacks. Is intolerance a virtue when practiced by gay activists and liberals?
This controversy is not insignificant. It's a warning to all those who espouse politically incorrect views. Basically -- you have no rights. If a woman can be denied a beauty title for her non PC views (as Hilton said was the case) what about others? Will Christian teachers be barred from public school classrooms? What about doctors, other health care workers, and hospitals -- will they be forced to participate in abortions? Will ministers who talk about the sinfulness of sodomy be arrested for hate speech as in Canada? Will people's thoughts and opinions be surveyed before they can get a job? Will they be fired if they contribute to the "wrong" party or support a proposal like Proposition 8?
The thought police were at the Miss USA contest and they deep-sixed Carrie Prejean's chance to win because she stated her OPINION. In view of the real threat of hate crime laws, reinstatement of the fairness doctrine, legislation threatening doctors and health care workers who oppose abortion, etc. does anyone really think this is limited to a beauty contest? Christians may not be forced to sew crucifixes on their clothing, but the discrimination will be just as real and is already well underway.
Unfortunately, Perez Hilton speaks for many in this country today including the fellow travellers who buy the lies of the gay activists. Do the research, folks. More and more the gay community is embracing the lifestyle and vile rhetoric of its most extreme members. Those who disagree will be made to suffer for it: today, the Miss USA contest, tomorrow a job, the day after...? Look at history.