By that I mean that many conservatives and many of those on the right generally object to Miss California, Carrie Prejean, because they believe she is a discredit to conservatives and especially to Christians because of the semi-pornographic pictures of her that have now been made public. Many Christians also believe that her wearing a scanty bikini in the pageant was not consistent with Christian modesty. I don't disagree with that point of view. The point was effectively made here, for example.
For another example, there was the case of Sarah Palin, who for some reason drew a lot of frothing hatred even from the right for reasons that I don't fully understand, to this day. I can acknowledge that, in the light of what has been shown about her life and her family since her brief time in the spotlight, she is not a paragon of traditional motherhood, and her family life seems far from perfect, but that could be said of many of us. I understand the point made by many on the right that Sarah Palin was not an exemplar in terms of choosing career over motherly responsibilities.
And yes, maybe she was and is a 'neocon', someone with whom I have little in common politically. Still, seeing the virulence of the attacks on her, and the personal, cruel nature of those attacks on her character and her family, it was hard not to want to defend her. I wrote here on the blog about how I had a falling-out with a relative who, out of the blue, began fulminating about Sarah Palin to me. I thought then, and I think now, that the out-of-nowhere rant was directed at me and my traditional Christian beliefs, as well as my right-wing politics. I was being attacked through Sarah Palin. And it seemed to me that we, that is, those who share my political and religious beliefs were the target of all the attacks on Sarah Palin. They were attacking us through her; she was a surrogate for us, those of us who are Christian and right-wing. Now, we can argue that she is not of our persuasion politically, she being a neoconnish Republican, but in the distorted vision of the Left, we are all alike, those of us who are right-wing and who dissent from their leftist dogma. We are all the hated right-wing conspiracy, and if we are Christian, and conservatively Christian, doubly hated. She stood for us, in the minds of the Left -- insofar as they can be said to have 'minds.'
And so Carrie Prejean is a surrogate target representing us, the right-wing Christians who are seen by gays and leftists generally as being evil obstructionists standing in the way of their holy agenda.
I saw some brief and obnoxious clips from this conversation on the news channels:
Olbermann Guest Likens Miss California to Nazi Doll, Makes Crude Sexual Jokes
On Thursday’s Countdown show, Michael Musto of the Village Voice appeared to help MSNBC host Keith Olbermann lambast Miss California, Carrie Prejean, because of her expression of opposition to same-sex marriage. After Olbermann set up the segment by revealing that Prejean had received breast implants paid for by the Miss California organization, Musto made a number of crude sexual jokes, and even cracked that she was like a "Klaus Barbie Doll," presumably a reference to Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, who was a Gestapo officer responsible for thousands of deaths during World War II.''
Read the rest if you must, but it's disgusting, and it shows the dark souls of those on the left, the haters par excellence who have the temerity to accuse everyone else of 'hate.'
Though I praised Carrie Prejean for expressing her honest beliefs about gay so-called 'marriage' during that beauty pageant, I cannot say I was comfortable with the fact that she was not exactly an example of modesty for our daughters. I agree with the Iron Ink blog post I linked above on that point. Still, I defended her integrity in speaking her mind, knowing that her words would probably bring condemnation down on her head from the PC police.
I felt -- and still feel -- inclined to defend her because if we turn our backs and try to distance ourselves from her, disown her because we might not agree with her judgment in posing for soft-porn photos -- we are behaving just as her Leftist and homosexual attackers hoped. They are sitting back and hoping that Christians will condemn her or disfellowship her. On the other hand, they are reveling in being able to call her a 'hypocrite'. Don't the non-believing Leftists just love to call Christians 'hypocrites"? They glory in it.
To cite another example, they hoped that Sarah Palin would be abandoned by the Christian right, and the right in general, when her daughter's pregnancy was made public. They were surprised, I think, that we did not all ritually denounce her and her daughter -- though some on the right did do just that. They truly don't understand how we think. We are a closed book to them.
On the other hand, I agree with the Iron Ink post in that if Christians say that Carrie Prejean's behavior is perfectly acceptable for a young Christian woman, we are in fact defining deviancy downward. It is certainly true that a decade or two ago, the photos that have been released so far would have been far more shocking than they appear to be to most Christians today. We Christians are, without a doubt, becoming more tolerant of every kind of irregular sexual behavior, and we are becoming much more impervious to being shocked or scandalized. Some would say that this is a good thing; that past generations were too prudish and 'uptight' about such matters, and that we have to get with the times and stop being so puritanical. However, that same argument is being used to good effect, so far, to legitimize homosexuality and same-sex ''marriage'', which was the subject that led to Miss Prejean's public pillorying.
So how should we react to the Carrie Prejean situation? Do we ignore it? Do we Christians condemn her publicly? Doing so would please her attackers immensely, however our behavior should not be a knee-jerk reaction to their manipulations, either way.
Whether we approve of her and of her behavior or not, I think it's a shame that her malicious and spiteful detractors are allowed free rein to continue slandering and insulting her publicly. I think it shows their low and base character clearly, and their behavior should cause them to be ostracized from polite society, but of course that won't happen. We have become a society with abysmally low standards, and we tolerate some very intolerable behavior, especially from those foul-mouthed adolescents on the left. And that is true because the leftist juveniles are running things now; they are the media, and they are the D.C. establishment.
They thrive on being able to call us 'hypocrites' because we stand for old-fashioned, traditional standards, yet being human, we cannot always live up to those ideals. As the old saying has it, 'hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue', and at least the so-called Christian hypocrite still pays homage to virtue by being ashamed of his failures to live up to standards. But the left will not have that; their whole agenda is to pull down and destroy all standards, all ideals that involve goodness and wholesomeness and decency. They want a world in which people no longer honor such standards even outwardly, and in which nobody even pretends to care about standards. They want a world in which the debauched and the depraved can shamelessly parade their depravity, and feel no twinges of conscience, and fear no condemnation.
Jesus himself condemned hypocrites in no uncertain terms, (Matthew 23:13-36) but not in the same way that these Leftist nihilists do. As I understand it, the word hypocrite referred to play-actors, that is, to actors in a play, those who were playing a part.. Those who are called ''Christian hypocrites'' these days are not necessarily the dissimulating, cynical play-actors, feigning piety, but are simply people who, despite their intentions, fall prey to temptation sometimes, as human beings will do. Being imperfect while truly honoring Biblical morality does not add up to 'hypocrisy' or 'play-acting' as Jesus described it.
I would say the name hypocrite rightly belongs to these leftist unbelievers who cynically act out moral outrage towards people like Carrie Prejean.