Two Wrongs Might Not Make a Right, But the Lawyers Get Paid Anyway..”
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean is back in the news.
If you recall, Prejean, a professing Christian, created quite a stir at the Miss USA Pageant by having the nerve to suggest that by her lights marriage should be between a man and a woman.
This seemingly innocent remark brought down the obscenity filled wrath of famous for no discernible reason personality Perez Hilton (See the Scott’s Blog article: The Vicious Voice of Tolerance).
It also generated an incredible amount of free publicity for the Donald Trump produced Miss USA television program.
Well, Carrie Prejean has apparently decided to hit back at at least three of her critics.
RANCHO SANTA FE, CA – Carrie Prejean’s attorney, Charles S. LiMandri announced today that the former Miss California USA is filing a complaint in the Superior Court of California against Miss California USA officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, and publicist Roger Neal. The complaint cites damages to Miss Prejean including libel, public disclosure of private facts, religious discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
“Over the past two months we have worked hard to provide overwhelming evidence that Carrie Prejean did not violate her contract with Miss California USA and did not deserve to have her title revoked by Keith Lewis. We will make the case that her title was taken from her solely because of her support of traditional marriage. Keith Lewis has refused to clear her good name or even to admit any wrongdoing. Therefore, Carrie Prejean is left with no alternative but to take her case to court where she expects to be fully vindicated.”
There is no doubt that Miss Prejean has been worked over good by the self appointed guardians of proper politically correct thinking.
As we have documented in this space, she was tried and convicted of expressing a point of view that cannot be tolerated by the champions of “tolerance” in our culture.
Would you or I want to be the subject of a microscopic examination of very detail of our private lives, with the results made instantly accessible to a gawking, even leering internet audience?
Would you or I want to receive threats of violence for saying something as innocuous as:
“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.”
But here is the crucial question – Is the best response to this kind of treatment a law suit?
One could easily argue from a Scriptural point of view that the words “Sue those who persecute you!” are strangely absent from Jesus’ instructions on the subject:
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10-12)
“Not so fast!”, some might say.
After all, didn’t the Apostle Paul use every legal avenue at his disposal as a Roman citizen to thwart the plans of his enemies?
For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.” (Acts 25:11)
So are Christians who are wronged to simply trust God and take their medicine?
Or are we to use every means available to see righteousness done and hopefully discourage similar attacks on others in the future?
I think the answer is “Yes”.
In the case of Carrie Prejean, she has found herself in the unlikely position of being a national example of what a young Christian woman is all about.
As such, her response will be held to a higher standard of scrutiny than any other person in similar circumstances.
It would seem that the Bible doesn’t preclude her standing up for her rights in a court of law.
But what if she wins her suit?
There will certainly be no shortage of critics who will say “See! She’s nothing special. just another bitter person playing the good old litigation lotto!”
Unless, of course, she does something radical and unexpected.
Could you imagine what would happen if Carrie Prejean turned around and gave the proceeds from the suit to a charity?
Perhaps even a charity that devoted itself to ministering to AIDS patients?
She would not only see her good name vindicated in a court of law, but also in the court of public opinion.
And the love and truth of Jesus would be the subject of discussion from the Internet to talk radio to water coolers across the country.
That kind of “Litigation Evangelism” would be a powerful thing.
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