Carrie Prejean, as a conservative Christian Miss California, got her first nationwide publicity when, in answer to a Miss USA pageant question, she said that she was opposed to gay marriage. She was criticized for her answer, but what did the interviewer expect? Should she have lied? It was a stupid question by an idiot who had his own agenda. She was entitled to express her belief and she should be admired for daring to say it. Her later preparedness to switch off Larry King, during an unacceptable line of questioning, shows that she still has spunk.
The publicity from the gay marriage answer, however, led to other revelations, and she lost her the Miss California title. The subsequent happenings made her look like an airhead, especially when she proclaimed that Sarah Palin, the primo political airhead, was her idol. Some commentators suggested a joke Palin/Prejean presidential ticket for 2012!
First, it turns out that she had breast implants. Prejean defended these by saying that there was nothing un-Christian in getting them. â€œI don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn’t get breast implants.â€ Then she had posed for half nude photographs, which she blamed on the wind blowing her top open. She did not say it, but thereâ€™s nothing in the Bible that says you shouldnâ€™t pose for nude photographs. Then a solo sex video surfaced. Then many more. Thereâ€™s nothing in the Bible that says you shouldnâ€™t make masturbation videos. Now she has had a firm offer for a porn movie. Carrie, thereâ€™s nothing in the Bible that says â€¦
I shouldnâ€™t make fun of her conservative Christian rationalizations, since the fabric of her world may be crashing around her, or perhaps those fifteen minutes of fame are being effectively extended. Maybe her Christianity will allow her to venture into the seedier world into which she seems to be heading. If so, I feel kind of sorry for her.
Conservative Christians are very good at rationalizing. In Prejeanâ€™s case, what may be embarrassing to her, is no more than harmless amusement to the rest of us. Where it is not harmless, is when it appears in the people to whom we may someday entrust society and government. The ultra-right wing of the Republican Party is trying to purge the moderates of the party, and, together with the â€œscreamersâ€ on radio and Fox News, it defines itself solidly as Christian.
But what kind of Christianity is this?
It is certainly not the caring, charitable kind of Christianity we associate with Jesus, when its main characteristic is denial, when it takes rather than gives, when it says no to need and care. It is a selfish Christianity without moral depth and without charity. Christianity with implants!
It is okay to lie and deceive, both openly and through manipulation. We can divorce our wives, even as they are confined to bed with cancer. Adultery is fine, because our colleagues will forgive us (which is just about as good as Godâ€™s forgiveness.) We can send prurient emails to boy pages we lust for. Being â€œuncleanâ€ (Matthew 16:10) is now perfectly fine and Christian.
Additionally, we can now place money above morality. We can bow to special interest groups that line our back pockets with green and then we go and do their bidding, even if it flies against national and humane interests. We operate as back pocket gophers and persuade ourselves that this is in everyoneâ€™s best interests. Yes, our Christian implants say; yes, yes, we can worship both God and money (Matthew 6:24).
The two references I gave are to actual words of Jesus. The rest of the Bible, both old and new, has many prohibitions that are either ignored or simply flouted by these professed Christians. In fairness, I should point out, though, that when it comes to health care, the biggest back pocket gopher seems to be Joe Lieberman, the senator from Connecticut, who is neither Republican nor Christian, but the political conservative Christians are not far behind.
Prejean defended her implants by saying that there was nothing in the Bible against them. But the actions of the super-conservative Christian Republicans fly directly in the face of what is proscribed in the Bible. Clearly, they must have implants that allow them to put on this front.
The wind is blowing.
Your implants are showing
And you donâ€™t care.
God is all knowing
And you will be going
To you know where.