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Fake Bombs and Gay Marriage IV

November 27, 2009

Well, Carrie Prejean is back in the news again. You might remember that Prejean was the Miss America contestant that caused a bit of a stir with her response concerning gay marriage at the pageant. When she subsequently lost the contest she played the religious discrimination card. However, conservatives rejoiced as they thought they had found a popular and pretty spokesperson whom they could rally around and her conception of “opposite” marriage.

Then the wheels started to come off a little bit. Organizers of the Miss California pageant revealed that they had paid for Prejean to get breast implants, naked pictures of her surfaced on the internet, she was out partying with Michael Phelps, and ultimately, was fired by the Miss California organization who released a series of emails from her in which she came off quite poorly as a human being.

Things got worse this week.

Prejean filed a million dollar suit against Miss California pageant organizers who countersued to get their money back for her augmented boobies. Then they got cutthroat. In court, with her mother present, pageant lawyers played a video of miss Prejean, allegedly, pleasuring herself in a shocking and graphic manner. Within minutes she withdrew her case. One would hope that after this misfire miss Prejean would disappear into the sunset and we would not have to hear her talk about the Bible anymore. No such luck.

Now I want to make this clear up front: I wish no ill will on Carrie. I don’t want bad things to happen to her. Allegedly she made a bunch of videos working herself and gave them to the wrong guy. If you have a daughter and she was intimate with someone, and she made mistakes, even bad sexual ones, you would hope that the person she was intimate with would respect her privacy. Prejean doesn’t “deserve” for him to take those videos public and be humiliated; however, when you see her response to the situation in an effort to save her career so she can decide what marriage is one can’t help but think that maybe just a little Karma ain’t a bad thing for her…

“It was me by myself. There was no one else with me. I was not having sex,” the controversial beauty queen told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira in New York. “Did I think it would come back now and haunt me? No. But I think that a lot of young people can learn from this. Nothing is private anymore. Nothing is private.”

She wasn’t having sex? Perhaps things have changed in conservative evangelicalism in the States but wouldn’t this sort of thing be considered “sexual” and frowned upon? I only wonder as if you are going to base your opinions on gay marriage by conservative evangelical morals shouldn’t you try and sort of follow those morals just a bit? I’m not asking anyone to be perfect, but how many premarital sexual encounters does one have before they feel comfortable committing auto-erotic acts on video and sending them out? I’m guessing miss Prejean is not a virgin… are multiple sexual partners before marriage frowned in evangelicalism these days? I thought so, but perhaps things have changed.

Next, she suggests that the lesson to learn here is that nothing is private? Really? That’s the lesson? I’m sure that would go over well at the next Christian youth conference, “Girls, you can do whatever you want. Have sex with anyone including yourself, but don’t film it because nothing is private.” No, the real lesson is that whenever you point the finger at someone else you have four pointed back at yourself… in Carrie’s case they were just vigorously engaged.

And I’ve hit a new low…

Scratch that: the real lesson is that if you allow yourself to be an object don’t be surprised if someone treats you that way. C.S. Lewis once wrote something along the lines of, “I hear men tell me all the time they want to go out and get a woman, but a woman is the last thing they want, what they really want is an orgasm, and she just becomes the necessary apparatus.”

Maybe Carrie and her boyfriend had a deeply caring relationship… I don’t know. However, I would suggest to other young girls out there that if you are in a relationship in its early stages and you are allowing yourself to be an object then don’t be surprised if your user doesn’t respect your dignity. At this stage I am not saying what you should or should not do. I’ve been around this rodeo a few times, and I personally know and have talked to many, many girls who can’t find any sort of relationship fulfillment because they allow themselves to become merely a sexual object much too early in the process and never really develop much utility beyond that.

Finally, Prejean’s fallen humanity is a good example of the gradation of sin in evangelicalism; it’s like a pyramid with homosexuality at the top, and as long as you’re not doing that then you’re OK. The separation of orthodoxy and orthopraxy in some cases becomes nothing more than what I commonly identify as modern evangelical neognosticism: I don’t have to practice anything I believe as  a standard that I would demand from others because I believe in the right standard. I can be freak and have all sorts of illicit sex, but as long as it’s not gay sex, and I believe I shouldn’t be having illicit sex… then I’m good. Build my mansion next to Jesus.

Maybe, I’m wrong here and there are many youth groups teaching their parishioners that any sort of sex is OK and Christ centered dating involves filming yourself for the other person; but I doubt it. If you’re going to be a moralizer then at least try and live some sort of life that’s in the area code of those morals. We’re not asking for perfection, but hardcore freak might be a little far off that good ole’ conservative evangelical mark.

Carrie, is also suddenly concerned with what is and isn’t in the Bible. By her logic fake bombs are OK because the Bible says nothing about them. A future in theology or philosophy she obviously doesn’t have, but if the Bible is your standard miss Prejean then maybe you should be more concerned with what’s actually in there then with what’s not

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Now if I were to engage in the sort of selective interpretive process of miss Prejean I would like to point out that this list includes fornication (that’s consensual sex between two heterosexuals without being married) and drunkenness but nothing about homosexuality…

Paul just didn’t hate the “ghays” enough to be a good Christian I guess.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim permalink
    November 27, 2009 10:44 am

    nice work scott.

  2. November 27, 2009 11:48 am

    “I don’t have to practice anything I believe as a standard that I would demand from others because I believe in the right standard.”

    That’s a very, erm, penetrating observation. No seriously, you really hit the nail on the head with that one.

  3. November 27, 2009 7:53 pm

    “Finally, Prejean’s fallen humanity is a good example of the gradation of sin in evangelicalism; it’s like a pyramid with homosexuality at the top, and as long as you’re not doing that then you’re OK. The separation of orthodoxy and orthopraxy in some cases becomes nothing more than what I commonly identify as modern evangelical neognosticism: I don’t have to practice anything I believe as a standard that I would demand from others because I believe in the right standard.”

    Bingo!

  4. November 28, 2009 4:02 am

    Amen Sir!

  5. angryxtian permalink
    December 18, 2009 11:28 pm

    Wow. You go and call this woman a slut and you’re so gleeful I can see your smile from here, all because she has a opinion you don’t like.

    I thought librals were supposed to be tolerant? Look how good you are at tolerating differences of opinion. That poor girl was asked a set up question, and she answered honestly. She said its good people can chose to go to states that let gays marry if they want to and live in places that dont have gay marrage if that’s what they like. And she said she personally beleves gay marriage is wrong because its against her upbringing.

    Look at you go on the attack against her for it! And only cause she made a thought crime.

  6. gandalf permalink
    December 22, 2009 2:21 am

    “Carrie, is also suddenly concerned with what is and isn’t in the Bible”

    well, I remember that Bill Clinton once talked about him asking his pastor what the bible says about abortion, you’ll guess the answer??

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