Prejean Suit: Discrimination

Carrie Prejean, dismissed Miss California USA, is suing the pageant organization for religious discrimination.

Carrie Prejean and Shanna Moakler in happier timesThought you'd heard the last of intolerant, small-minded dethroned beauty queen Carrie Prejean?

Think again. The often-difficult and opinionated Prejean has filed suit against the Miss California USA organization, claiming she was forced out because of her religious beliefs.

Prejean was uncrowned two months after giving a speech against gay marriage during the Miss USA pageant. The organization, headed by Donald Trump, originally opted to keep her on despite public outrage.

She was finally given the axe after pageant officials claim she missed dozens of contractual public appearances. But the former model claims her firing was due to one thing and one thing only: her religious views.

She accuses Shanna Moakler and Keith Lewis, along with other members of the pageant group, of religious discrimination, defamation, public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Prejean claims pageant officials, "fabricated a fraudulent list of some 50 public appearances allegedly missed by Prejean which they released to the media in order to justify her termination as Miss California USA."

In addition, the suit also says officials tried to "set up Prejean to have her dismissed as Miss California USA by asking her to do a Playboy photo shoot for $120,000." In fact, as previously published emails show, Lewis merely advised Prejean of the pitch after she insisted on seeing every offer sent to the group.

Reps for the pageant group stand by their assertion that Prejean was canned for missing public appearances and not getting permission for her extracurricular activities in which she defended her anti-gay marriage stance while using her Miss California title.

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Comments on "Carrie Prejean sues Miss California"

Valentine February 06, 2011 | 4:20 PM

. There WILL come a day when our species becomes enlightened and accepts ALL loving couples. As for Carrie Prejean ~ simply accept the reality and let it go. It's a beauty pageant. Move on with your life ~ there is no future in your past. .

driveby September 26, 2010 | 11:27 AM

so she is small minded and intolerant because her beliefs and opinions differ from yours? and if I recall he did not give a 'speech' about marriage she was asked her opinion and she have an honest answer.

Heather July 07, 2010 | 1:46 PM

Megan: Bigotry is bigotry, even when it is shrouded in the defense of tolerance. 1. ual orientation and homoual weddings are not synonymous. While one may argue that orientation is innate, a right to marriage does not exist and therefore your comparison of black people (skin color is innate) having the right to vote (a constitutional right) is not equal to those with homoual inclinations (possibly innate) having a supposed right to wed (for which no legal or other right exists). Furthermore, heteroual people are currently recognized as being wed to one opposite- partner should they request state recognition of their marriage and they may live with or have relations with as many people as they desire of either with those partners not being recognized as spouses for legal purposes. Homoual people are held to the exact same standard as heteroual people. Therefore, the comparison to blacks not being allowed to vote further falls on its face because blacks were not held to the same standards as whites on that issue, which is not the case in the recognition of marriage partners. Likewise, being opposed to state recognition of homoual unions is not comparable to being opposed to black people being recognized as citizens and enjoying a citizen's constitutional rights. Saying homoual people shouldn't be able to vote or purchase land or speak freely would be a comparable opinion that is opposed to their constitutional rights. (What, are you opposed to Carrie Prejean using her constituional right to free speech because she disagrees with you? That would be comparable to being opposed to blacks voting because they look different from you!) Some people are hateful to others because of their orientation or religion alone, which should be condemned. That isn't the same thing as supporting or opposing state recognition of homoual unions. Why do you confuse what you consider an individual's innate orientation and what is objectively a state recognition of something that is not a right and call the difference an excuse and then use that excuse as a reason to discriminate against an entire religion? 2. Calling someone who disagrees with you intolerant and small-minded is highly intolerant. Pot meet kettle and all that. 3. She hardly gave a speech against marriage. She was specifically asked about her personal opinion on a hot-button political issue and she answered honestly and succinctly. If they didn't want to hear what she had to say, why ask? And if they only wanted to hear what she had to say to be able to tear her down, how small-minded and intolerant!

Megan September 01, 2009 | 10:41 AM

TulipGirl, bigotry is bigotry, even when it is shrouded in the guise of religion. Carrie Prejean's "opinion" is no different from her saying blacks shouldn't have the same rights as whites. Grow up. "condemning the sin and not the sinner" is the most passive-aggressive excuse for intolerance our time has heard.

TulipGirl September 01, 2009 | 10:08 AM

WOW! You seem just as intolerant by using such terms as "small-minded" and "opinionated". I am proud of her for standing up for what she believes in and doing it by "condemning the sin and not the sinner". Such grace...I, too, am a Christian and I have friends. But there is a difference - my friends don't try to ram a need for " acceptance" down mine or anyone else's throats. They know what I believe and they accept that I was raised a certain way with certain beliefs. s are people, too. However, I don't think that I should be forced to accept something that involves only 10% of the population, just as no one is forced to accept my religious beliefs. Carrie Prejean should be applauded for her honesty and the grace and tone with which she stated it.

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