Society

Miss California Carrie Prejean Should Keep Her Crown

| by Focus on the Family

by Jennifer Mesko

Donald Trump, who co-owns the Miss USA pageant, will decide Tuesday whether Miss California USA Carrie Prejean will keep her crown.

Officials with the California pageant claimed today that Prejean's failure to disclose photos, as well as her involvement with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), violated her contract.

Keith Lewis, co-executive director of Miss California USA, said the organizations that have taken Prejean "into their fold" are exploiting her and should be ashamed.

He also called on Maggie Gallagher, president of NOM, to "take your hands off Miss California USA (and) find some place new to recruit your henchmen."

The harassment began several weeks ago when Prejean took a stand for marriage at the Miss USA pageant. She finished first runner-up after saying she believed "marriage should be between one man and one woman."

In a special two-part radio broadcast beginning today, Dr. James Dobson talks with Prejean about her steadfast stand for marriage.

"The way she responded (at the pageant) showed she was willing to put her belief in traditional marriage and her moral principles above her long-standing desire to win the Miss USA title," Dr. Dobson says. "Carrie is deeply committed to Jesus Christ and is paying a high price for her faith."

He goes on to explain why Focus on the Family invited Prejean to be on the radio program.

"It isn't to debate the merits of beauty pageants, or the swimsuit competition or the profession of modeling," Dr. Dobson says. "I don't want to get into all that, because that's not our purpose here. I want everyone to know the behind-the-scenes story related to the answer Carrie gave to the question posed by one of the judges."

He says the media is doing everything it can to destroy Prejean.

"A photo of her in lingerie has surfaced since we recorded these interviews," Dr. Dobson says. "We agree with those in the audience who oppose that kind of sensuality. We have chosen to go ahead and air these two programs after Carrie explained that the pictures were taken when she was 17 and she regrets doing it and would not do it again."

Through it all, "Carrie has steadfastly defended marriage between a man and a woman, in the face of crushing criticism."

TAKE ACTION

Ask Donald Trump to support Carrie Prejean and allow her to keep her crown.

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Listen to Dr. Dobson's conversation with Carrie Prejean.

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