Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Speaking of Deficient -- What Ashley Told Pop Tarts

I don't follow beauty pageants closely -- or at all, really -- so I could be wrong in thinking that beauty pageant contestants of late have made a rather dramatic turn to casual bigotry and surprising inanity. The latest:

"The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. In Leviticus it says, 'If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.' The Bible is pretty black and white," Ashley told Pop Tarts. "I feel like God himself created mankind and he loves everyone, and he has the best for everyone. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is going to bring death upon you, that's a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life."
In response to this, Dan Savage quite sensibly asks whether the pageant contestant is a virgin, and if not, whether she is prepared to be stoned unto death by the men of Beverly Hills (her village) on her wedding night, in accordance with the teachings of that same god who "knows more than we do about life" (Deut. 22:20-21):
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
Since I hope I never hear from this faith-addled urchin again, it follows I don't want to find the answer to the virgin/not-a-virgin question. But while we're on it, it seems plausible to me that "Ashley told Pop Tarts" constitutes an accusation of a stoneable offense based on at least one passage in Leviticus or Deuteronomy. You can't just go telling things to Pop Tarts and expect to live in good standing on the Bible god's world, or so I assume. I could be wrong about the details of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, but then again, what sane person takes seriously the details of Leviticus and Deuteronomy?

Sadly, there are quite a few non-sane people around, and they seem prone to competing in beauty pageants.

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