Miss California has found a new calling. She is making the transition from bikini clad ditzy blond representative of women nowhere to iconic stander-upper against political correctness.

Not only is Miss Prejean refusing to apologize, explain her answer or even stay out of the spotlight, but she’s unabashedly promoting traditional marriage in post-pageant appearances, including later this week in Washington and in Lynchburg, Va.

In doing so, she’s become an inspiration to conservative Christians, especially those in California, who are reluctant to speak out on behalf of traditional marriage in the face of shifting cultural mores, said Miles McPherson, her pastor at the San Diego-based Rock Church.

“Every week, we tell our congregation to do something bold, and here she did it on the biggest stage in the world,” said Mr. McPherson, a former San Diego Chargers football player who founded the evangelical megachurch. “It’s about standing up for faith in the face of persecution. A lot of people are intimidated about saying what they believe because it’s not politically correct.”

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  1. #1 Michael Murray
    April 29, 2009

    Out of curiosity: Regardless of whether you agree with her or not… why persecute this woman, portray her as ‘dumb’, ‘clueless’ etc. for having the same beliefs about marriage as Barack Obama? Seems like a double standard to me.

  2. #2 sbh
    April 29, 2009

    Likewise out of curiosity–just where, exactly, did Greg Laden call “this woman” dumb? Or clueless? Not that I disagree with that characterization of her tasteless remarks, but I can’t find the reference.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    April 29, 2009

    I have independent verification. I await your proof that I’m incorrect.

  4. #4 Salad Is Slaughter
    April 29, 2009

    I certainly hope she fails in her attempt to get traditional, biblical-based marriage as the law of the land. I don’t make enough money to support multiple wives and concubines.

  5. #5 Ian
    April 29, 2009

    sbh: did you hear her reply? She said that in her country, people are free to choose straight or gay marriage. Someone who doesn’t know that gay marriage is still illegal in most of the US, really doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in the country. Not that Greg called her “dumb” or “clueless”, at least not here.

  6. #6 Stephanie Z
    April 29, 2009

    Michael, leaving aside for the moment the question of whether pointing to an article in a newspaper is persecution, who said Obama has some special claim to infallibility? Have you been listening to the right-wing propaganda machine again?

  7. #7 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    April 29, 2009

    She had basically said that she is glad that people in her country people are free to have choices, but that she is glad that in her country people don’t have that choice. I report, you decide, Michael Murray.

  8. #8 Jeremy
    April 29, 2009

    Let’s face it – her career path is beauty pageants. I think it’s fair enough to assume she’s about as intelligent as the average male body builder.

    Of course there are the odd intelligent body builder and the odd intelligent beauty pageant competitor, but I think that’s even worse. If they’re intelligent wtf are they doing following those kinds of mindless and narcissistic pursuits? What’s wrong with them? At least dumb people have an excuse.

  9. #9 Crystal D.
    April 29, 2009

    Yeah! People should be able to be hateful bigots however they would like, but ESPECIALLY if they have religion behind them! All right!

  10. #10 cicely
    April 29, 2009

    The name “Anita Bryant” springs to mind.

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    April 30, 2009

    As I have said previously (on another post) you don’t have to be dumb to be a beauty contestant or a model, or visa versa. I know two women particularly well who happen to be two of the smartest and most insightful women I know whereby one also happens to have been a semi or fully professional model and actor her whole life, and the other was a pagenter (pagentor?) earlier in her life until she was mauled by a vicious carnivore and rendered slightly scarred (although I personally find the scar rather attractive)

    But none of that is here nor there other than that these are two women I like to brag about because I fee lucky to know them. What is relevant is that California is not a country, and in the US and California both “same marriage” is not legal and “opposite marriage” is and every sixth grader through retired person knows this because it is totally in our face as among the top 10 news stories and this has been so for what, about 18 months now.

  12. #12 Stacy
    April 30, 2009

    Greg – I know this is OT – but how was your friend mauled??

  13. #13 Joel
    April 30, 2009

    Why does this woman get to claim she lost the competition merely for this single answer? It seems to me that it is possible that she simply lost to a more qualified competitor.

    She shouldn’t be allowed to claim martyrdom unchallenged.

  14. #14 Greg Laden
    April 30, 2009

    Stacy: By a dog.

    Joel: Good point. I suspect she is slightly asymmetrical.

  15. #15 Joel
    April 30, 2009

    She will now appear in NOM’s latest ad campaign, as the symbol of the persucution of the Christians in America I presume.

    The statement from the Miss California USA Pageant hits the nail on the head.

    We are deeply saddened Carrie Prejean has forgotten her platform of the Special Olympics, her commitment to all Californians, and solidified her legacy as one that goes beyond the rights to voice her beliefs and instead reveals her opportunistic agenda,”


  16. #16 Ian
    April 30, 2009

    Miss California is evidently making a bid to be chosen as the next VP candidate for the Repubs….

  17. #17 Virgil Samms
    April 30, 2009

    Maybe in her next public appearance she can explain how standing up for opposite marriage requires speaking out against gay marriage.

  18. #18 jay
    April 30, 2009

    I’m not sure why ‘bikini clad’ has anything whatsoever to do with this debate.

    I disagree strongly with her position, but I also am disturbed by Greg’s bringing that reference into the post. It is immaterial to any argument.

  19. #19 jay
    April 30, 2009

    I see that Greg clarified. I was looking at a stale screen.


  20. #20 marilove
    April 30, 2009

    “for having the same beliefs about marriage as Barack Obama? Seems like a double standard to me.”

    I actually don’t think this is true. Obama says a few things that are vague enough to appease the conservatives, while not actively working against gay-marriage and gay rights, and in fact, he is doing as much as he politically can without starting a huge shit fit from the right, and what with all this economical crap going on right now, he can’t stir up a shit storm with social issues.

    He voted for the UN Declaration decriminalizing homosexuality, which Bush refused to do. Unlike Bush, he said he disagrees with DOMA, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was able to repeal it before his term is up.

    Indeed, those who say Obama is anti-gay marriage seem to ignore the fact that, in the 100 days he’s been in office, we have made more strides toward legalizing gay marriage than EVER happened in the two terms Bush was president.

    Don’t you notice how Obama is allowing these things to happen, and he’s NOT making a big deal out of it? If he did make a big deal out of it, all the anti-gays would go nuts, and it would make it more difficult for the states. It seems like a great strategy to me: Concentrate on the economy, and allow the progressive movement to make progress, a little under the radar.

  21. #21 Virgil Samms
    April 30, 2009

    Prejean may find that she is getting more publicity than she wants.
    Pageant official: We paid for Prejean’s implants

  22. #22 Lynn
    April 30, 2009

    Not wanting the job to go undone: Miss Prejean is dumb and clueless.

  23. #23 Constance Reader
    April 30, 2009


    Because the big prizes in beauty pageants are college scholarships. I know several women who competed for that reason alone, to try and pay for college.

  24. #24 Joel
    April 30, 2009

    Virgil, yeah. I wonder how she manages to square that with her God. I mean, wouldn’t God have given her large, nicely shaped, well formed breasts, if God wanted to have large, nicely shaped, well formed breasts? It’s just not natural and what God intended.