Thursday, May 14, 2009

She's Got Rights

I was amazed to see, yesterday morning, some beauty queen on TV speaking about injustice and freedom of speech. After all, this is the USA, where you can pretty much say any fool thing that crosses your mind. I mean, look at some of the people we've sent to public office. How much more proof do you need? But alas, she's still Miss California, so what's the problem?

After all, California has the absolute right to be represented by whatever bigoted lunatic they see fit. It's their right. And it's her right to say that gay people don't deserve the same rights she has. And, I suppose it's the pageant director's right to step down if she doesn't want to be associated with the bigotry embraced by the empty-headed beauty.

Honestly, though, I can't see what Miss California is fretting over. If she wants to preserve marriage, she doesn't need to stop gay people. Let them get married, and if she doesn't like them, she shouldn't marry them.

People who want to preserve marriage ought to march for dire penalties for adultery and divorce--those are the things that threaten marriage. If they feel really strongly about it, they ought to lobby for stocks and scarlet letters and all those other wonderful things our forefathers had back in the good old days.

Abridging the rights of a certain group is nothing but bigotry and ignorance. And if that's the face this stupid beauty pageant wants to put forward, it's their absolute right. They let the Klan march in Skokie, so why not let this little girl march up the runway?

The thing is, though, it's not America telling her to shut up or not. It's the contract the pageant promoters had her sign:

The detailed document prohibits the titular Miss California from making personal appearances, giving interviews or making commercials without permission from pageant officials. In the last 10 days, Prejean has made televised appearances at her San Diego church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage.

And she broke it. So if they finally do dump her, she can still go out and utter as much idiotic bigoted nonsense as her shallow little heart desires. This is America.
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