William Teach at Pirate's Cove arrives late to the scandal, but endeavors to Google-bomb his way to the top of the blogospheric heap. Never trust a pirate when there is booty to be plundered.
PREVIOUSLY: When I got up this morning, I discovered I had gotten 500 hits in the 8 a.m. hour, and thought I'd been Instalanched or Malkinlanched or something. Instead, I discovered there was a sudden spurt of Googling for nude photos of Carrie Prejean.
The persistent surge finally caused me to check the celebrity blog aggregator We Smirch. Duh. The headlines:
UPDATE: Carrie Prejean tells MSNBC:
"I am a Christian, and I am a model," Prejean said in a statement released overnight to the media. "Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be."Me neither, Carrie. "Swimwear photos." Heh.
UPDATE II: If Carrie Prejean had been seeking a more appropriate way to help celebrate National Offend A Feminist Week, she could hardly have picked a better method than to remind God-haters that Christian belief begins with the confession of sin, recognizing the powerlessness of man to save himself by his own merit.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. . . . Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. . . . For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.Like they say, read the whole thing. And take my word for it: There are no accidents. "Inconsistencies," yes. Accidents, no.
--Romans 3:10-23 (KJV)
UPDATE III: Thanks to the commenter who informs us that this is the photo, which:
- A. Looks like she's older than a teenager;
- B. Seems to have been taken after she got the implants; and
- C. Is not a professional modeling photo.
UPDATE IV: Lots of comments about double standards and the Left's politically motivated intolerance. As if we needed any further example, note how Time magazine plays Elizabeth Edwards big show of "surviving" her husband's philandering.
When a liberal hero screws around, anyone who dares to be "judgmental" is condemned as heartless, but let it be revealed that a conservative is less than perfect and you see how the game works. Somebody ought to write a book.
And, in case you were wondering, Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.
UPDATE V: Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage:
Because Carrie honestly said what she believed in answer to a question -- marriage is the union of a man and a woman -- she is now the subject of ongoing character assassination. The level of hatred directed at her is astonishing. Even more astonishing is her personal courage and strength of character in the midst of these attacks. Of course Carrie is not perfect. On a personal note, as a former unwed mother, I want to say to Americans: you don't have to be a perfect person to have the right to stand up for marriage. Nothing gay marriage advocates can do can change the fact-we all saw it on national TV-that Carrie is a young woman who surrendered all the glitter Hollywood has to offer, because she would not become the kind of person afraid to say the truth.Shadrach, Mishach and Abednego could relate.
UPDATE VI: Just as soon as Donald Douglas noted the suspicious lack of reaction at Memeorandum, it's there. Lesbian left-wing blogger Pam Spaulding has video of "Today" show coverage of the story. And you know that Pam's a feminist, so she can tell us what is, or is not, offensive in how the media treats women.
UPDATE VII: Complete text of Carrie Prejean statement.
UPDATE VIII: If only Carrie had listened to John Hawkins.
UPDATE IX: Pro-life activist Becky Brindle helpfully clarifies the issues:
Christians recognize that all people are born with a sin nature and therefore need to repent and be saved by the blood of Christ. Salvation is open to all mankind. Everyone sins. Everyone needs saved. . . .Obviously, that is exactly what they want. Meanwhile, Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America says:
If making a mistake in your life exempts you from taking a stance against other actions you disagree with for the rest of your life, then every person on earth would have to remain completely silent on every ethical or moral issue forever. Is that what they want?
It is because Carrie is a Christian that she is held to a higher standard than her detractors hold for themselves. As parents tell their children, one reason for living a moral life is because eventually -- usually at the most delicate time -- our indiscretions may be revealed.I've learned to joke about my "indiscretions," but trust me, when this kind of stuff smacks you in the face the way it's smacking Carrie Prejean right now, there's nothing funny about it. But I like to say that if you can't laugh in the face of disaster, you're not really a Christian.
If you have faith, you must also have hope, and if you have both of those, you'll also have courage. It's the courage that inspires the laughter, because whatever happens to us, we know how this story ends. Pray hard.
UPDATE X: Moe Lane at Red State wonder exactly who this "revelation" is aimed at. I think I can answer that. It is intended to reinforce one of the Left's favorite memes: "All social conservatives are hypocrites."
There is no "target" audience for this message. They just enjoy repeating it endlessly, since it reassures the Left that having zero moral standards is, in fact, the morally superior position. Haven't you read The Vision of the Anointed?
UPDATE XI: Linked at Tigerhawk, by Daley Gator, and by Paleo Pat at Political Byline. Also now blogging: Flopping Aces and Hot Air.
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