I didn't watch the pageant but I have heard all about it the past few mornings on the Today Show (my make-up-application-and-final-cup-of-coffee entertainment each morning).
Let me offer an opinion I have YET to hear from a single media outlet...
First, let's look at the facts. This is EXACTLY what was said:
Perez Hilton asked Miss California, Carrie Prejean the following question:
"Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?"
Miss California's response:
"Well I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um, we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and in, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman," Carrie said to a mix of boos and applause. "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."
The uproar over her response has been incredible. Perez and many other media outlets (including Fox News) and blogs across the nation are outraged that she would say such a thing.
First, let me say that if she had said the opposite, if she had said that she was pro-same sex marriage she'd be the hero across the nation (at least to the media). But she didn't. So what is their response? "She should have left her opinion to herself and leave her religion and personal opinion out of it."
Seriously? The question asked what her personal opinion was. She actual chose to say a pageant/politically correct disclaimer by saying that she thinks that it is great that we live in a country where you have the right to chose. Then she answered the question, but "I think..." and then shared her opinion that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Growing up being raised by an independent mom and a democrat step-mom, I tend to have a bit more liberal views than most Christians when it comes to political issues. However the issue right now isn't same sex marriage. The issue is allowing people-- on both sides-- to have the opportunity to really share what they think.
So for all of us-- Christian or Jew or Muslim or Atheist, Male or Female, Straight or Gay, Skinny or Overweight, US Citizen or Immigrant-- why don't we all start listening to one another? We don't have to agree. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE TO BE TOLERANT. But we should at least hear the other side out and... respond in love.