It seems that California beauty queens are on a roll. It was only last year, when Carrie Prejean offended the LGBT community and their allies in her rambling and near incoherent commentary to Perez Hilton. Following in the footsteps of her hero, Lauren Ashley has decided to use the bible to justify her bigotry. Is anyone surprised to learn that she went straight to Leviticus?
"The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. In Leviticus it says, 'If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.' The Bible is pretty black and white," Ashley told Pop Tarts.
"I feel like God himself created mankind and he loves everyone, and he has the best for everyone. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is going to bring death upon you, that's a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life."
I wonder if little Miss Perfect realizes that the bible is full of rules that many modern Christians do not follow? I wonder if she had bacon for breakfast or wore clothing with multiple fibres today? I wonder if she has ever told a lie because I am pretty sure that bearing false witness is a sin as well. Has she always honoured the Sabbath day and kept it holy? Has she always honoured her mother and father? And most importantly, has she even given a thought to judge not lest ye be judged?
Christian fascists love to quote Leviticus; however, they continually ignore that Jesus did not utter one negative regarding homosexuality. It is said that God became flesh to die for our sins and open a new covenant and therefore; don’t you think if Ze had such a huge issue with teh gay, Ze would have said so?
Unfortunately, Ms. Beverly Hills did not end her commentary with death wishes. When asked if she was concerned that her commentary could potentially reduce her bid to become Miss. California she replied:
"That isn't really the issue. I have a lot of friends that are gay, and ... I have a lot of friends who have different views, and we share our views together," she said. "There's no hate between me and anyone." (emphasis mine)
Let’s see, she just asserted that God wants all gay people to die, but there is no hate. Also, don’t you want to meet the imaginary friends that are supposedly giving her permission to be a homophobe? Haven’t White people learned from the whole Black best friend trope, that you cannot use a relationship to excuse bad behaviour and hate speech? There is a difference between having a difference of opinion with a friend over the national debt and actually believing you have the right to nullify their very existence. My imagination cannot possible stretch to the point of believing that little Miss. Perfect just magically came across someone that self hating.
Finally there is this:
“I don't drink alcohol and I don't smoke weed or cigarettes. My definition of partying is a little different," she said. "I feel like my body is the Temple of God and it's my temple so it's really good to treat it well. I also feel like sex was made for marriage. You really show your future husband or wife respect and you build a lot of trust before you get married. You don't have sex with other people, so that should definitely build trust, because you waited."
Is anyone surprised to hear that she is a purist? Look, I have no problem with virginity. If you want to take the risk that love will grant sexually compatibility in marriage, purity waltz yourself all the way down the aisle. What I do take issue with is the idea that she is biblically pure because she does not have sex, drink or smoke. I am sure somewhere along the line that little Miss. Perfect has lusted after a man. The bible makes no distinction between lust and copulation and therefore; if she is going to hold an archaic biased standard against others, I do believe we should apply it to her - of course, I think she might object if people started picking up stones as they circled her. Stoning is the penalty for adultery and I am sure little Miss Perfect would object to biblical standards, if they applied to her then.
It seems to me that Lauren Ashley should be running for Miss Uganda, rather than Miss California because what she represents is hate and hypocrisy. Though the director of the Miss California pageant Keith Lewis believes that opinion should have no baring on the contest, Ashley's statements should not be reduced to mere commentary because they amount to hate speech. When you advocate the annihilation of a group or a person, I don’t see how it could possibly be understood under a different light.