Between cheerleading tea parties and wheeling out Dick Cheney to defend torture while pausing only to take Darth Vader like asthmatic gasps, Fox News has become quite a spectacle! Their latest martyr is Miss California, who, when asked by judge Perez Hilton in the Miss USA pageant if other states should follow Vermont’s lead and legalize same-sex marriage, rambled an incoherent response that ended with the notion that the institution should be between a man and a woman.
Following her 2nd place finish, Miss California appeared on Sean Insanity’s program last night to whine. In the course of the interview, Insanity asked her about the question in the pageant and suggested how the judging should be based on the quality of the response and not the opinion offered. She responded by saying that her experience in beauty pageants had always taught her that judges were to base their decisions on that criteria. Their exchange suggested that wasn’t the case in the Miss USA pageant. Giving them more credence than they are due, let’s evaluate Miss California’s response based on logic and factual consistency:
Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage.
And, you know what? In my country, and in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think that it should be — between a man and a woman. Thank you
First, she states that it’s great that we Americans live in a land where people can choose between a heterosexual marriage and a same sex one. Of course, buying into the mythos, she first confers freedoms that overwhelmingly do not exist! Until licenses are issued in Vermont and Iowa, Americans only have marriage equality rights in two of the nation’s fifty states! In her first two sentences, she makes factually inaccurate statements. Marriage equality rights are not universal.
Second, in stating her opinion, Miss California says that “In my country, and in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman.” Now, the statement “I think that I believe” is one of ambiguity and not certainty! Do you believe, Miss California? Or do you just think you believe? Anyway, she goes on to contradict the first part of her response, by lumping her country in with her family in stating the definition of marriage as that between a man and a woman.
Why did Miss California lose again? Oh…right, right…
Oh well, with a brief, nonsensical answer to a controversial but not too complex topical issue, a person like her can always run to her faith. As the interview on Insanity notes, Miss California states that she believed God was testing her character when she picked the same-sex marriage card out of the fishbowl of questions. I’m sure simply regurgitating dogmatic tomes is not the stuff of martyrs anyhow, but it was a good thing God wasn’t judging the factual consistency, logic, and intellectual maturity of her response. If that were to be the case, God may have had no other choice but to pick another Miss USA, as the judges did that night!