By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
The most revealing interview that Miss California, Carrie Prejean, has given so far about her Miss USA experience came yesterday, when she appeared at her church for an interview with her pastor during Sunday services. The Rock Church in San Diego has posted video of the interview, above, with the Rev. Miles McPherson, a nationally known evangelist.
Watch the interview to see how Prejean and McPherson develop a persecution narrative based on the role that Prejean's anti-gay-marriage answer at the Miss USA pageant apparently played in denying her the crown. McPherson invokes the Jewish Purim story about Queen Esther's heroic efforts to help save the Jews from a Persian plot to kill them by revealing her own Jewish identity. "This is exactly what happened to [Prejean]," McPherson says, using Miss California's ordeal as a call to arms for Christians to stand up for their beliefs.
What do you think—are Prejean's persecution claims legitimate? Her faith-based anti-gay-marriage beliefs certainly did appear to play a role in denying her the Miss USA crown. But gay rights activists would claim that it is gays and lesbians who have been persecuted for their sexual identity, facing discrimination and laws that prevent the state from recognizing their relationships. Are both camps right?
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