Miss California found herself stuck: be politically correct and increase her chance to win or "stick by her guns" and be honest with the millions of Americans watching. She decided to be bold and affirm her faith admitting that she believed that homosexuality is wrong. And for that, she did not win.
The controversy was immediate. Many lined up behind Miss California in support while others became vitriol, including the judges. The organizer of the pageant, Donald Trump, even admitted that her answer alone had probably cost her the crown.
What a sad commentary. The fact that such a question appears in the pageant leaves me scratching my head, but to deny someone a crown because they answered honestly, rather than giving the answer expected, is even more ludicrous. It is official, the Miss USA pageant is nothing more than political correctness on display.
But the reaction of Miss California and Prez Hilton is telling. Miss California has been honest about her answer. She answered honestly with her heart, rather than answer in a way that would contradict here core beliefs. She said:
We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, 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.
On the other hand, Hilton has been just as honest as to why Miss California lost: she gave the wrong answer. He admits, “She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that.” He further suggested that rather than give the conservative answer, she should have played politics and not really answered the question saying, "In pageants as in politics it is probably best to give a neutral answer if you want to win.” I ask, how is a neutral answer possible? It seems the only answer she could have given to the question is either yes or no. Though many have tried, there simply is no middle ground on this issue.
But not only did Hilton play a vital role in denying Miss California the crown, he has responded to her answer with vitriol. Since the competition, he has gone on a tirade blogging on the pageant. He has called her a number of things that I cannot repeat here. He has further gone on mainstream news networks spreading his vitriol. Although he later apologized for his remarks, his words are still hanging in the air. If Miss California had responded to Hilton in this way, I can only imagine the anger she would receive.
It is shocking, isn't it, how our tolerant culture could be so intolerant. If the gay community were serious about their desire for the culture to be tolerant towards them, maybe they could first lead the way. Truth is, the gay community, though our culture tries to deny it, is just as closed-minded and bigoted as their conservative/Christian counterparts.
The events that have transpired since the annual Miss USA pageant are eye opening to those still asleep to the world that we live in. The "tolerant" left have been exposed as frauds. The left does not want tolerance, they want their will done. The cry for tolerance from the left usually applies only to their opponents and never applies to them.
As Christians, we should not surprised by the anger and vitriol that Miss California has received. She will forever be remembered by our culture for giving the wrong answer. Our understanding of human nature is being proven before our very eyes. Man is more than content to remain in his sin and will do whatever it takes to normalize, celebrate, organize, and legislate their sin. No matter what it takes. Even if it means demeaning Miss California because she didn't give them the answer they wanted.
Truth is by it's very definition intolerant and bigoted. Though the culture may seek to redefine marriage into something it is not and though they try to force feed their morality to us, we are commanded to remain vigilant and faithful to the gospel. Men will not be saved unless they repent. Men will not repent unless they know they have rebelled.
So although the controversy surrounding the Miss USA pageant tells us a lot, it tells us nothing we didn't already know and nothing we should be surprised by.
Charles Colson, Choosing the Better Crown: Miss First Runner-up
Andrea Tantoros, Miss (Liberal) USA?
CBS, Miss Calif. Reply Inspired By the Bible
Robert Kahn, "Miss California: Gay Marriage Answer Cost Me Miss USA Crown"
Michael Inbar, "Miss California: I Stand By Gay Marriage Remark,"
"Exclusive: Carrie Prejean Says 'God Was Testing My Faith' With Gay Marriage Question,"
"Miss Runner-Up: A Better Crown Is Coming," The Point