I remember a couple years ago when another one of those air-headed mannequins made news for being verbally challenged (no, Wishydig, we aren't all equally advantaged). But let's pause for a moment to consider the difference between mental retardation and focused moral hypocrisy. This year's Miss America runner-up is being rightfully trashed for resorting to a Biblical defense of homophobia -- unfortunately, I doubt whether any of the women in the pageant would have answered differently.
But they would have answered homophobically not because they actually feel that way -- rather, they would have answered that way in an attempt to spit-out the least controversial answer. Only guess what: they've all got it wrong, at least if their audience consists mostly of Americans under-50 who aren't snake-handling evangelicals. It's currently more offensive to be a bigot than it is to... not paraphrase Leviticus. I'm sure if she had been asked about whether or not Americans should be free to blaspheme she would have cited Leviticus and demanded that blasphemers be taken outside the camp and stoned to death.
Said Miss California: "We live in a land that you can choose, same-sex marriage or opposite marriage..." Uh, no we don't. We live in a land where very few of us can make that choice. The look on Perez Hilton's face says very clearly what he thinks, but this follow-up including a clip of Miss Homphobia on the Today Show is worth a glance.
And all of this is just another fine example of what I mean by my efforts to reclaim the territory of religion. In other words, I'm not saying that dumb-Beauty should be stoned to death at the edge of the village for using the LORD's name in vain. I'm just sayin' she's a dumb-Beauty.
But that makes me wonder about my standard of Beauty. I mean, look at this:
But can beauty not be truth? I'm feeling pretty sure that Miss California wasn't speakin' the Tr-th. On the other hand, Susan Boyle really can carry a tune, despite looking... different... than Miss California. Maybe it really really really is time to reconsider what we mean by Beauty. Maybe my reclamation-of-the-word-Religion-project needs to be a reclamation-of-the-word-Beauty-project too.