Carrie Prejean and Notre Dame: the Media’s Double Standard

What does the Miss California/Carrie Prejean media frenzy have to do with the Obama at Notre Dame frenzy?

Well, besides the fact that, as Donald Trump pointed out, Carrie Prejean and Barack Obama have identical stated views on gay marriage (“People should have the choice, but I’m personally against it”), they reflect a certain double standard in terms of what is considered “hateful” by “the Left,” and the “Main Stream Media.”

Carrie Prejean made a very mealy-mouthed statement on same sex marriage, having been taken aback by a question from a pageant judge who’s a gay activist. For that one statement, she has been villified in the MSM and definitely in the liberal media. Of course, she’s also become a media darling among conservatives: doing the talk show circuit, having a borderline flirty interview with Sean Hannity, having breakfast with Maggie Gallagher and recording an ad for the National Organization for Marriage, etc.

But Prejean has, nevertheless, become the object of absolute scorn and hatred from the Left, particularly gay rights activists. I’m not going to link any here; you need only do a Google search if you want verification. But they’ve been saying vile, horrible things about her. They call her horrible names.

As they do with any public, outspoken Christian, they have been trying to find, as Pharisees have always done, an Achilles’ heel to trip her up with: they have, they think, found it in some rather racy photographs. Set aside the question of whether the photographs in question constitute pornography or modeling or art. Set aside the question of how to balance modesty with honoring the beauty of the human body. . . . Apparently, Donald Trump decided they didn’t violated the pageant’s ethics rules (and, apparently, it was one of the sets of photos that got the attention of a pageant sponsor in the first place).

Let’s just take for granted, though, that, from a Christian perspective, she sinned. I don’t know how to think like an Evangelical in this respect. I am pretty sure that, whatever Catholics may debate such issues, Evangelicals are pretty strict in the modesty category. Yet again, Evangelicals tend to be “into” the pageant/modelling thing a lot more than Catholics. Anyone who’s lived in the South for more than a month or two can know that.

But let’s err on the side of sin here. OK, so she sinned. Evangelicals have no Sacrament of Reconciliation. Their idea is that you just say, “Jesus forgive me,” and recommit your life to Him. But forgiveness is not something the Left understands. Nor does the Left understand the concept that, in order to be forgiven, one must repent.

Now, what does this all have to do with Notre Dame (besides the fact that the staff of Notre Dame need to repent for quite a few things)?

If you look at the MSM and the blogosphere, it was Carrie Prejean, with her wishy-washy statement of personal belief, who was engaging in “hate speech.” No one is really talking about the vile things being said on homosexualist blogs. And *they* are in turn calling it “hate speech” if anyone *does* criticize them for their contempt-filled language.

Conversely, in the Notre Dame case, it is the activists and bloggers who are accused of being “angry” and “hateful.” Even, as we’ve seen previously, Archbishop Chaput has said “The right is meaner” than the Left. But nothing I’ve read on any Catholic blog concerning Notre Dame comes close to two minutes on a liberal blog discussing Miss California.

Most Catholic blogs will not even permit commentors to suggest eternal consequences for an actoin under consideration. But the worst you’ll see from the *average* Catholic blogger or combox poster (I know there are some true extremists out there) is “Their immortal souls are in danger” or “They’re not really a Catholic university” or “They should be excommunicated.”

But go to the other side’s blogs and you’ll see “Carrie Prejean is a wh@r$” “Carrie Prejean is a bigot.” “Carrie Prejean is a Christian Fascist.” And that’s the nicer of the language. (One website compares her advertisment for NOM to “phone sex”).

So, who’s engaging in hate speech?

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