Today’s letter – Miss California Represents Hate

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Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

What is up with Miss California? As you know, she was on the verge of winning the Miss USA pageant last night, until she opened her mouth and revealed what was inside: somebody who seems to think that “freedom” means having her government choose who is more and less worthy of marriage.

Here was the exchange:

Celebrity Judge Perez Hilton: “Vermont recently became the 4th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?”

Miss USA Contestant Carrie Prejean: “Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, 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 it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.”

As a Californian, it was a tremendous embarrassment to hear this representative of California say that she “thinks that she believes” that I’m not as worthy of marriage as she is. That she “was raised to believe” in apartheid. Or that she thought that Californians “were free to choose same-sex or opposite [sex] marriage” when they are so offensively not.

Governor, what kind of schools do we have here, that teach that Citizenship includes taking away people’s families, that Liberty somehow justifies oppression, and where Fellowship includes hate?

It’s getting difficult for those who crave freedom to live peacefully alongside people like Ms. Prejean, who seemingly on a whim makes all Californians seem like ignorant bigots. Please, help the kids to understand that “rights” don’t work when you deny them to others.

Sincerely,

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