April 23, 2009

Miss CA USA, Carrie Prejean, is feeling the heat over her answer at Miss USA. She needs our support!

As you are undoubtedly aware, Miss CA USA, Carrie Prejean, has created quite a stir with her answer to the on-stage interview question during the Miss USA telecast earlier this week. Let me start by saying, as the Director of the Miss California pageant for this system, National American Miss, I am exceedingly proud of Carrie Prejean for staying true to her personal beliefs when answering the question. She is a role model for young women, with all different beliefs, all across our great country.

For those of you who missed the telecast, here is a video of her question:

As anyone associated with pageantry knows, contestants are not supposed to be judged on their opinions stated in an answer but instead simply on the way they answered the question. In this case, Carrie Prejean was asked a controversial question about gay marriage and has been vilified not only by some of the judges in the pageant, but more importantly, by her own state directors from the Miss CA USA pageant.

In her answer, Carrie was careful to say that she means no offense to anyone out there, but this is what she believes. After all, that is what the question asked was it not? Here is a quote from one of the State Directors for Miss CA USA:

“As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman,” wrote Keith Lewis on Hilton’s blog. “Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family.”

A simple google search will bring up the many different blogs with many different opinions on this topic. One that I found that sums up my opinion was the following:

"Whether we agree with Prejean, President Obama and Elton John or not, there is one thing we should all agree upon: All Americans deserve the right to debate issues and disagree with each other without threats, intimidation or ad hominem attacks. — Those who want to convince their fellow citizens about the rightness of their cause can best accomplish that by convincing, not shaming them, into agreeing with them."

On another note, my wife had an opportunity to sit and interview Carrie earlier this week through her job at Inside Edition. Here are two pictures from the interview and a link to the Inside Edition website where you can read about the interview: http://www.insideedition.com/news.aspx?storyID=2861

I encourage girls in my program to not be afraid to stand up for your beliefs. To all of my wonderful representatives for the National American Miss California Pageant, you have my support. I believe in the people we have representing National American Miss all across the country, regardless of whether or not we agree on every different topic.

It's the freedom of choice that makes America such a great country and I will always work hard to make sure National American Miss follows suit.

1 comment:

  1. Carrie is one of our very close family friends. She is truly an amazing person. She is a good Christian and we are proud of her.
    Olivia Jensen
    Jr. Pre-Teen California 2009