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Christians love to view themselves as martyrs. They almost can’t help but do so. Jesus, the founder of their religion, died “for the cause” if you will, so they consider it a sign of their own piety for them to be persecuted for their faith, thus reflecting him. This desire to be martyrs goes back to the earliest days of Christianity, and has never let up since then.

We can add yet another name to the list of Christians who claim to have been persecuted for being Christians: Carrie Prejean, former Miss California USA. I’ve blogged several times about her antics before, including the loss of her title.

Ms Prejean and her attorney decided she’s been out of the spotlight too long, so she is suing the pageant for having to let her go, as CNN reports:

Carrie Prejean has filed a lawsuit against Miss California USA officials who stripped her of her title, accusing them of libel and religious discrimination for her views on same-sex marriage.

“We will make the case that her title was taken from her solely because of her support of traditional marriage,” her attorney, Charles LiMandri, said in a news release.

The problem is, that’s a lie. The pageant dumped her because she refused to make pageant-arranged appearances, and instead jetted around the country making herself the darling of the Religious Right and caterwauling about how she was mistreated:

When Prejean, 22, was dethroned in June, [pageant official Keith] Lewis said it was for “contract violations,” including missed public appearances.

He said then it wasn’t one thing Prejean did, but “many, many, many things.”

“She came to us and said I’m not interested in your input; I’ll make my own decision what I’m going to do,” Lewis told CNN’s Larry King in June. “You know, when you have a contract, when you’re working for someone, you have a responsibility to follow through on what that requirement is.”

Lewis said it was clear “she was not interesting in upholding the title or the responsibilities.”

This is especially ingracious of her, since the pageant had already given her a second chance, as CNN further explains:

Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump announced in May that Prejean could keep her title despite a controversy over topless photos, missed appearances and her statements against same-sex marriage.

Trump later reversed himself.

“I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA organization, and I gave her the opportunity to do so,” Trump said. “Unfortunately, it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen, and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision.”

It’s time for Ms Prejean and her attorney to stop lying about her own conduct, admit she failed to live up to her responsibilities, and accept the consequences of having made that choice, like a mature adult. That they refuse to do so, and instead represent her (falsely) as a martyr, places them squarely in my “lying liars for Jesus” club.

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It finally happened. Even the Donald, who famously tolerated her antics (about whom I blogged a few times already), has finally had enough of Ms Carrie Prejean (as reported by the AP, via the Today show/MSNBC):

Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who stirred up trouble for herself when she said gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry, got two dreaded words from pageant poobah Donald Trump on Wednesday: “You’re fired.”

While I’m sure her supporters in the Religious Right will whine and complain that this happened because of her religious and ideological positions, but that’s not the reason:

Trump and other pageant leaders said Prejean was being sacked not because of the remarks but because she hadn’t been holding up her end of the agreement she signed when she entered the pageant.

“This was a decision based solely on contract violations, including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization,” the California pageant’s executive director, Keith Lewis, said in a statement.

You see, Ms Prejean has been exploiting her newfound position as a heroine of the Religious Right, making appearances around the country for them. So she hasn’t been showing up to appearances that the pageant has booked for her, and at she was contractually obliged to appear.

Still, I’m sure the Religious Right will lie for her and say otherwise. They will actually defend her breaking her own contract. Because, you see, she did it for God. And that makes it right even if it’s wrong.

Maybe she’ll parlay her breach of contract and firing as Miss California USA into a political career in the Religious Right, just as Alabama’s Roy Moore — that champion of governmentally-sponsored Ten Commandment monuments who was consistently ruled against by all the courts that heard his case and who was so defiant that he was run out of his office as head of Alabama’s state Supreme Court — has exploited his own utter defeat and remade himself into a Religious Right martyr.

(Because we all know Christians just love martyrs, they can’t help themselves.)

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As if the pathetic Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean (about whom I’ve blogged a couple times already), weren’t already a caricature of everything that’s wrong with fundamentalist Christianity in the US, she goes and heaps yet another cliché on the pile of crap she’s accumulated. According to US News & World Report, she blames the sorry affair on Satan:

Three weeks after becoming a hero to conservative Christians with her answer to a gay marriage question at the Miss USA pageant, Carrie Prejean hits the big kahuna of Christian radio this week, appearing today and tomorrow on James Dobson’s daily Focus on the Family program.

In the most intriguing part of today’s interview, Prejean describes the battle between God and Satan as she was formulating her response to Miss USA judge Perez Hilton’s thorny question. …

I felt as though Satan was trying to tempt me in asking me [Perez Hilton’s] question. …

I’ll grant that “Perez Hilton” (I refuse to believe that’s his real name!) was trying to goad conservatives — if not her personally — with that pageant question. And to be honest, the guy is no saint; quite the contrary, he’s a muckraking, self-promoting celebrity-blogger. Even so, the Miss USA pageant knew this when they invited him to be there, and Ms Prejean and all the other contestants had to have known he’d pull an obnoxious stunt or two. For her not to have been prepared with a glib yet diplomatic answer that didn’t give Hilton what he wanted (i.e. a confrontation), is inexplicable.

But neither does the question — no matter how incendiary it was intended to be — grant her the right to have violated her pageant contract and get away with it, then become lauded as a Christian martyr and heroine by fundamentalists.

At any rate, the tactic of blaming one’s problems on Satan and his campaign to tempt all Christians, is almost as old as Christianity itself. It would be nice if Christians could try to be a little more original in their excuse-making, than to invoke the name of Satan.

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I blogged earlier on the case of Carrie Prejean, the current Miss California USA. She used the Miss USA contest to rail against gay marriage, immediately becoming the object of worship by the Religious Right. Then it was revealed that she’d violated her contract with the pageant organization not only by failing to disclose semi-naked photos she’d been in, but by hiring herself out as a shill for the Religious Right a the expense of her own duties as Miss California USA.

When news came of this came out the R.R. screamed “How dare you! You shouldn’t have revealed that about her! You’re just saying this because she’s against gay marriage!”

In other words, they’re saying that because she’s a gay marriage opponent, that made it perfectly acceptable for her to violate her contract.

Note that the Religious Right, however, continually rails against “moral relativity.” They believe only in “moral absolutes.” Rules are rules, in their minds; they are to be obeyed without question or reservation; they are to be enforced without exception; they are never to be compromised; and negotiation is impermissible under all conditions. (Here is a sample of their thoughts on the matter.)

Yet — despite their philosophical belief that rules are always absolute — they’re nonetheless OK with Carrie Prejean breaking contracts … because of who she is and what she says. The inconsistency here is brazen and obvious.

It appears, though, that the Religious Right has gotten their wish, and their newfound idol will not be held to account for breach of contract, as the New York Times Lede blog reports. Congratulations, members of the R.R., you got your wish … your new standard-bearer is a beauty queen who broke a contract and got away with it.

I’m not sure how or why the R.R. would be proud of that, but they are.

P.S. Note whom she thanks for this reprieve; the Lede blog quotes her as saying, “I would like to thank God for trusting me with this large task and giving me the strength to stand by my beliefs.” How nice of you, Ms Prejean. Don’t thank Mr Trump, the guy who actually made the decision to let you skate. Thank, instead, a non-evident being. Your gratitude to Mr Trump is underwhelming.

P.P.S. Note also the hypocrisy of the Religious Right raging and fuming over the horrid “moral relativism” of modern society, but simultaneously being “moral relativists” themselves. This is a very old story indeed. Christian hypocrisy is common, and has been through its history, even though Jesus himself explicitly and unambiguously forbid his followers ever to be hypocritical.

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The current Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, became a Religious Right heroine when she professed allegiance to religious opposition to gay marriage during the Miss USA pageant, a few weeks ago. She has since then acquired a reputation as being persecuted for her religious beliefs … something the Religious Right — and many other sorts of Christians too — are particularly vulnerable to, because of Christianity’s origins and nature. But it turns out Ms Prejean is not the devoutly religious angel her followers consider her, as CNN reports:

Miss California USA Carrie Prejean “breached her contract” by keeping semi-nude photos a secret and could be stripped of her beauty queen title, according to a state pageant spokesman.

The national pageants impose morals clauses on contestants and disclosures of anything even marginally questionable are required … apparently, she did not do that in this case:

The spokesman for Miss California USA provided CNN with a copy of the pageant contract Prejean signed last year agreeing that the discovery of semi-nude photos could mean disqualification.

“You’ll see in the agreement that she signed that she clearly violated the terms of her reign as Miss California USA, but we don’t expect a decision to be made today,” Neal said.

Of course, her followers among the Christian world are none too happy about this obvious breach of morality. However, they aren’t holding her responsible for her immoral conduct and her violation of a contract with the pageant. Instead, she — and they — are accusing their opponents of having fabricated the whole thing:

Prejean said the photos — taken when she was 17 and aspiring to be a Victoria’s Secret model — were being used in a “vicious and mean-spirited” effort to silence her for “defending traditional marriage.”

Of course, it’s not as though the photos in question were a hoax, photoshopped to make her look bad. No, they’re the real thing. That they represent a breach of the moral behavior one would expect of a fine young Christian woman who believes in all things traditional, is simply not relevant to her:

“I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be,” she said. “But these attacks on me and others who speak in defense of traditional marriage are intolerant and offensive. While we may not agree on every issue, we should show respect for others’ opinions and not try to silence them through vicious and mean-spirited attacks.”

In other words, she feels entitled to fall grossly short of the standards of behavior that other pageant contestants — Christian and non-Christian alike — agreed to abide by, and have no one notice it.

Give me a break! This is exactly the sort of hypocrisy that so many Christians love to engage in, and then whine and fume and carry on sanctimoniously when someone catches them at it and says so.

Note to Ms Prejean and all other Christians who are not clear on this: Jesus Christ himself explicitly and unambiguously forbid you ever to be hypocritical. A few relevant verses are: Mt 6:2, 5, 16; 7:5; 23:13-15; and Lk 6:42. There are, of course, plenty more.

I also love how it’s “intolerant” (and therefore — she implies — wrong) of people to point out her own moral failings, yet somehow it’s not “intolerant” — and therefore not wrong, but righteous instead! — of her to condemn gay couples. Hmm. I have no idea what sort of universe that makes rational sense in, but it’s not this one.

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