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'Pro-fams' molding Perez into liability; we'd be scared if it weren't for their movement's proven 'lie-ability'

by Jeremy Hooper

Even more social conservatives are jumping at the chance to capitalize on the Miss California situation, making it sound as if one must either agree with Perez Hilton or Carrie Prejean to have a voice in this discussion.

SchneebergerFocus on the Family's Gary Schneeberger follows us on Twitter. But apparently he doesn't read what we tweet, or he might be more reluctant about implying that one supports either Prejean or "[embrace] Hilton's actions and logic":

What has happened to Prejean over the past few days is nothing short of religious persecution. No, it is not violent persecution — but that does not minimize its existence or its danger. She is being pilloried in the public square for deigning to answer a question guided, as she told the “Today” show, not by “political correctness but by biblical correctness.”

Doing so, most agree, cost her her dream of being Miss USA. If the U.S.A. embraces Hilton’s actions and logic as acceptable, it will cost our nation much more

A Case of Religious Persecution [FOF]

6A00D8341C503453Ef01156F0825Cc970C.JpgAnd then there's Matt Barber. In a reliably cutting, hyperbolic, and thesaurus-employing missive, aggressively Matt strips all nuance from this debate, placing anyone who wishes to respond to Prejean's words in the "angry" camp.

So, insofar as liberals continue to dig their own hole by defending Hilton and piling on Prejean, I submit they’re doing the other 70 percent of us a favor. In their biting anger, they’ve cast aside the sublime mask of “tolerance,” revealing an ugly, desperate and most intolerant countenance below.

For that, I say thank you. For your treatment of Carrie Prejean, I say shame on you.

Perez Hilton: The Foul Face of ‘Gay’ Activism [AFTAH]

Now, these views of course overlook how sites like this one have quite pointedly called Perez's response into question. They also neglect the fact that Equality California, the state's #1 gay rights group, eschewed anger and simply invited Ms. Prejean to meet with gay families. And there's no mention of how many of Ms. Prejean's past and present pageant friends (like former Miss California and current ordained minister Nicole Lamarche) have quite calmly and rationally pointed out the flaws, both in terms of technique and viewpoint, that they see in Prejean's answer. To those who want to use this as an exampled of gay "intolerance," the always controversial Perez speaks for the millions of same-sex marriage supporters who make up this nation, and one must either stand behind his "angry b----" comments or her "opposite marriage" words.

Well guess what? We don't support either. We represent those who wish to calmly yet firmly open Ms. Prejean's eyes either to accept gay people herself, or, if not, to realize that nobody's personal faith beliefs should not be used to deny others' civil equality. We represent all who know that using the "c word" is an unfair (and misogynistic) debate tactic, but also know that opportunistically turning a myriad of viewpoints into a monolith is completely unfair.

*MORE: Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery and Stuart Sheapard have added some thoughts. This sums up their general feeling:

So frustrating!

*RELATED: Malkin: Obama era sucks because Perez made an asinine comment [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

If only these bast#rds didn't intimidate so many people I think they'd find that they are NO WAY NEAR 70% - where do they get these numbers? In Vermont there certainly was no hue and cry of 70% of the people - that's just because Vermont didn't give them time to pull in their out-of-state protesters. Do you think those protesters are paid actors like in the NOM "storm" commercial? Don't they know that LYING is a sin? "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness"...... Of course, they are preaching to the choir!

Posted by: tom | Apr 24, 2009 9:45:59 AM

I'm not sure what makes me madder here. The right spreading their usual falsehoods, or Perez for being too bloody stupid to see this coming.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Apr 24, 2009 10:39:15 AM

Well that's a given, Phoenix but I really don't think this issue is going to give them much traction except for the folks who already believe the way the religious right wants them to.

It's beginning to be a passing controversy as the country settles on new nonsenses.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Apr 24, 2009 11:46:56 AM

I hope the next miss america has a model talking about how she's against interracial marriage. Lets see how many people come out to defend her right to an opinion then.

Posted by: Penguinsaur | Apr 24, 2009 4:38:33 PM

Did you notice that they consider hateful (or even remotely critical) words against Ms. Prejean to be "persecution", but have no problem lobbing similarly hateful words against gays and calling it "love"? Just one more arrow in their quiver of hypocrisy.

Posted by: JT | Apr 26, 2009 9:07:01 AM

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