Faith

Prejean: Media Attacks Conservative Women

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Appearing Tuesday morning on NBC’s Today show, former Miss California Carrie Prejean told Meredith Vieira that the liberal media attacks conservative women.

Prejean said she has been the target of attacks for the past seven months, since answering a question about same-sex marriage in the wake of Vermont legalizing it. She stated in her answer that her personal beliefs tell her that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

And she claims that ever since that moment, she has been the victim of a media double standard in which women who value things like family are unfair game. (She made this argument, of course, on a portion of that “biased” media that allowed her not only to come on and tell her side but to promote her new book. Go figure.)

At one point, she even challenged Vieira with this question: Do you think Sarah Palin wasn’t attacked?&nbsp  Vieira responded that she definitely thought Palin has been criticized.

Unfortunately, that’s where Vieira stopped. It isn’t where I would have stopped.&nbsp  I would have shot back with this:

“Tell me, Carrie: have you ever heard — even for a moment — of Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton? Do you honestly think that these two women haven’t been the subject of what you seem to want to call ‘attacks?’ And how about Michelle Obama? Yes, I saved you an easy one for last: she’s the current First Lady, so I’m sure you’ve heard of her. Do you really think that none of these women have ever been the subject of criticism? Surely, if you’re going to hold yourself up as an expert about how the media deals with women, then you must have at least something to say about how these ladies have been covered and what has been said about them.”

She also addressed rumors of a “sex tape.” Prejean had filed suit against Miss California organizers for libel, slander and religious discrimination; organizers filed a countersuit to get back money for breast augmentation for Prejean. But that dispute was suddenly settled without explanation, and since then, the rumors of an incriminating video, which some have speculated found its way into pageant officials’ hands have been used as an attempt to explain the sudden truce.

Prejean was more than a little vague about the tape. “You can call it whatever you want to call it,” she said, though she doesn’t seem willing to call it a sex tape:

“It was me by myself. There was no one else with me. I was not having sex.”

That leaves the door wide open. Sex acts, as most of us know, do not necessarily require more than one person. But perhaps it was more of a case of “showing off” for a boyfriend she said was the intended recipient of the tape. Then she added this:

“It was for private use.”

I nearly spilled my coffee on that one.

Over at CNN, a poll asked readers whether Prejean’s admission that the tape — whatever you wish to call it — even exists has “hurt her credibility.” When I checked a little while ago, 82% said that it has.

Her credibility, in my book, isn’t damaged at all because of the tape and whatever might be on it. That’s because I know full well that no Christian is perfect; perfection is not what we are given when we accept Christ.

Would that I could honestly say otherwise.

For me, it’s not a matter of her having a credibility problem. But for the benefit of those who are somehow moved by her faith, it’s worth pointing out that it appears she’s missing some important points in a big way.

The Bible not only says that we could or might be subject to criticism when we act within our faith, but that it is very likely to happen.

And that same Bible tells us that we shouldn’t complain about that:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” —Matthew 5:10-12

It seems to me that when we complain about being persecuted for acting with our faith, we’re giving up the “reward” we’re promised for having suffered the persecution to begin with.

It also says a lot about how you should feel about your “enemies:”

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”&nbsp  —Matthew 5:43-48

Here’s where many Christians will dramatically declare, “I am praying for you, sinner.”

At least she hasn’t done that. Because that would be another problem: prayer done for show. The Bible made it clear that God isn’t impressed by that, either.

If she’s turning her persecution into a book deal, and making even a dollar in profit from it, she’s got a secular reason to appreciate the persecution.

I’d think the religious reason, however, would be far more of a blessing.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.