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Miss California Carrie Prejean Earned Her Crown

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Miss California Carrie PrejeanHow her answer to one question shot her into the media spotlight.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, W.V. – While at the Values Voter Summit I had the privilege of hearing Miss California Carrie Prejean. Many will remember that Ms. Prejean was in the final two at the Miss America pageant and seemed to have the pageant in control and poised for victory. Then the pageant and her world changed forever with the answer she gave to one simple question: What is your opinion of same-sex marriage? (The question was asked by openly gay blogger Perez Hilton)

 Ms. Prejean would later remark that she thought the question was out of line for a beauty pageant and, to be honest I agree with her. I can’t imagine how the socio-political view on any given topic would possibly affect her reign as Miss America (Perhaps I don’t know as much about the purpose of the pageant as I thought I did).

 So, as Miss California stood before thousands, watched by cameras and millions of people across the country she found herself at a crisis of faith and desire. She had desired to be a pageant winner her entire life. She had desired to win Miss America and compete for Miss Universe. But the faith instilled in her from childhood was strong, and she knew she could not betray it.

 So Miss California answered the question with polite respect not only to the gay man asking it, but to any and all under the sound of her voice. She said;

“I think that 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.”

 By now you know the rest of the story and what eventually happened to Carrie Prejean. She did not win Miss America, many citing her answer as the reason she lost. What is remarkable is her attitude after the pageant and to this day regarding her answer and the outcome.


“I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I stated an opinion that was true to myself, and that’s all I can do. It did cost me my crown. It is a very touchy subject and [Hilton] is a homosexual, and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would’ve wanted me to be more politically correct. But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything.” (Click here for story)

 And so she stood for what she believed. I truly wish more people had the courage and audacity to stand for their convictions in the face of difficult circumstances the way Carrie did.

 Sadly however this story highlights intolerance for people with opposing views. Had this been a lesbian contestant stating her favor of same-sex marriage no one would have blinked an eye. But yet, when asked for her “opinion,” after sharing, Carrie Prejean is persecuted and harassed in every media outlet on the planet. I thought we were allowed to have differing opinions? I thought freedom gave us the right to have a view and share it with no consequences? This is still a free country isn’t it?

 With her beautiful smile and sparkling personality Carrie Prejean is undeterred by the consequences of her answer. She was true to herself and refused to bend under social, political, or peer pressure; a lesson we could all use a little refreshing on. While I listened to her give a speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington this year she made a statement I will never forget. She said;

 “Even though I didn’t win the crown that night, I know the Lord has a much bigger crown in heaven for me.”

 That’s a statement worthy of any Miss American or Miss Universe.

Written by Nathan Cherry

September 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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  1. I am truly appalled with what is happening to this nation, re-family values,redefinition of marriage and the way the politicos are heading towards socialism. I was and still am impressed by Miss Prejean’s respond to Perez Hilton, I hope there will be more brave individuals like her who will stand for the right principle regardless of consequence.

    Connie Bergstedt

    September 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm

  2. Please, please, PLEASE check your facts before publishing something like this on the internet. Carrie Prejean was competing for the title of Miss USA, NOT Miss America.
    Miss America is a completely different organization who stands for scholarship and promotes the values of women. In the Miss America organization, this question would not have been asked in this way, and our women are educated in ways that if they were asked this question, they would state their opinion in a way that would not have offended the nation and started the controversy that Ms. Prejean did. The Miss America organization is the largest provider of scholarships for women in the world giving out over $45 million dollars in scholarships a year. The Miss America organization is a non-profit organization who cares about empowering women.
    The Miss USA organization, which you are correct in that Miss USA goes onto Miss Universe, is a strictly beauty pageant, where girls are judge solely on their outer “beauty” and awarded a model contract. This is the organization owned and operated by Donald Trump.
    PLEASE check your facts, and please change your post to reflect that Carrie Prejean was competing for Miss USA, NOT Miss America.


    September 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

  3. And her title is Miss California USA, the only Miss California is the Miss California of the Miss America Organization.


    September 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  4. I always wonder how people can even use religion against homosexuality, or how they were raised. I know its in the Bible, but is it not true that the bible in fact has been translated and changed over its course? Who is to say that the verses on homosexuality were misinterpreted? And also how can anyone say, “well, God says…” Unless he personally sends them a letter or somehow says something is wrong? Because people assume, and also speak for God. How can they? Because THEY think THEY know best. Why don’t we ASK God’s oppinion before speaking for him or possibly from a misinterpreted and translated book? Just do God and the world a favor and think about it.

    Teak Howell

    September 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

  5. Also, don’t start acting as if her sticking up for anti-gay beliefs is looked down upon. Pro-Gays have ALWAYS been looked down upon, and when one person gets treated 1/1000th as bad as Pro-Gays have, then your little “poor homophobe” speach/blog might deserve to exist. well maybe not, because Gays never were or are allowed to.

    Teak Howell

    September 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

  6. Whoa! Stephanie! Who licked the red of your candy? I guess we know who’s NOT going to win the Miss Congeniality award.

    Oops, sorry, I mean, “Miss Congeniality USA” award.

    Miss Congeniality

    September 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

  7. I find it fascinating that Miss Prejean is held up as some kind of beacon of morality semi-nude modeling like she has done has caused FAR more marital grief than homosexuality ever has. While the issue of gay marriage & homosexuality actually infringes on only a fraction of marriages, pornography and the like invades many, many Christian marriages. Miss Prejean has exposed her body in a manner that causes men to stumble on a daily basis, but she is a family-friendly role model? I’m to point my daughters to emulate a young woman who has no sense of modesty simply because she doesn’t want gays to marry? My sons should aspire to marry a woman who exposes her breasts to other, but who thinks homosexuals are sinners?

    No thanks.


    October 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    • i agree with you. Homosexuality causes so much less greif and issues, yet it is the most targeted. it doesn’t make any sense and the only explaination is that its not a religious or moral issue, its a homophobic issue if the least harmful {one of them at least} of all issues is getting so bashed on. i mean, gay people sleep around just as much as straight people, love as much if not more, are just as responsible, and most importantly NO LESS HUMAN.

      Teak Howel

      November 16, 2009 at 7:26 pm

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