Only in America……Pagans and Pageants
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “There’s a great story in the Pile of Prep here today by Steve Skojec. He’s the founder and promoter of OnePeterFive.com, a great website. The headline is “The Miss America America Deserves.” Did you know that Kira Kazantsev, the new Miss America, put on her résumé, boldly and proudly, that she served an internship at Planned Parenthood?” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: There’s a great story in the Pile of Prep here today by Steve Skojec. He’s the founder and promoter of OnePeterFive.com, a great website. The headline is “The Miss America America Deserves.” Did you know that Kira Kazantsev, the new Miss America, put on her résumé, boldly and proudly, that she served an internship at Planned Parenthood? Really? I didn’t know this. Steve writes:
It should come as no surprise that a woman who thinks flaunting her body in front of a nationally-televised audience is a good means by which to gain attention and fame might not have a problem with abortion. There is a necessary divorce between modesty and authentic femininity which facilitates such displays. A divorce which requires the suppression of any innate concept of sexual purity. It’s a double-edged sword that both genders understand on an almost instinctual level. A devil’s deal. Any woman who has used her body to get something she wants from a man knows this. Any man who has ever lusted after such a woman knows it too.
Each of the participants – the male and the female involved in any given transaction of illicit sexual stimulation – is giving up something that should be treasured eternally for some small pleasure desired intensely right now.
[Mike: That pretty much explains our consumer attitude, too, doesn’t it? I don’t want to save long-term for the big thing I’d like to purchase some day and enjoy for the rest of my life. No, I want that now. I want it now. Ship it overnight. I don’t want to wait.]
Attention. Fame. Money. Power. Career advancement. Lust. Gratification. Excitement. Whichever combination of these things for which we are willing to put all our chips on the table, gambling with our eternal salvation, somehow seems far more important in the moment than the much bigger thing we might lose, far off, down the road.
It’s a form of spiritual Russian Roulette.
But clicking a round into a cylinder, spinning, and pulling the trigger, has consequences. With a real gun, not every time is fatal, or it wouldn’t be fun. With our souls, it’s a different story. Every trigger pull is a loss of sanctifying grace. A small death of the soul. This can be mended through sacramental confession, but the wound is no less real. In the worst case scenario, we never get around to repentance, and face an eternal death from which there’s no coming back.
A culture that objectifies women as effectively as we do – where the porn industry rakes in some $14 Billion per year and untold thousands of images and videos are available online for free – makes the Miss America Pageant seem downright quaint and wholesome. In reality, however, watching a woman saunter around in high heels and a couple-dozen square inches of cloth isn’t really so far removed from watching a woman saunter around in just the high heels. We may tell ourselves it is, even though we know deep down that the one leads to the other. There wouldn’t be a commandment against lust if it weren’t so appealing.
But if objectification of women is about sex, sex is about babies. Babies who come whether we want them or not. Planned or unplanned. The human reproductive system is remarkably efficient at circumventing our efforts to thwart it. And therein lies the connection: don’t want that baby all the sexual carelessness led to? A doctor will kill it for you for a nominal fee. Simple as that. It’s not just your choice, it’s your right. The Supreme Court said so.
There is literally nothing shocking in the revelation that Miss America worked for Planned Parenthood. If anything, such a connection is obvious. I suspect most of the participants in the pageant would describe themselves as “pro-choice.” And in a way, every single one of those contestants is a volunteer in service of the cause. They are poster girls for the sexual revolution. They embrace a system that tells us we should value women primarily for their bodies, and the feelings those bodies arouse in us.
Don’t believe me? When was the last time a contestant, when asked of her aspirations, talked about her desire to be a wife and mother? Which contestant spoke with determination of her plans to build a business designing modest fashions for young women who want to purchase clothing that doesn’t give away all their secrets for free?
Mike: By the way, sidebar, a young woman named Jessica Rey has done just that with her line of swimsuits. Her tagline is “Who says it has to be itsy bitsy?” Jessica has used Audrey Hepburn as her model for feminine modesty. As a matter of fact, we’ve invited Jessica to come on the show and talk about female modesty and how to evangelize it to our daughters. This is the biggest problem that I confront as the father of teenagers. I was asleep at the wheel for so long. Now when I confront them about their dress and modesty, I get: Come on, Dad, you and that Catholic crap, you gotta stop that. Of course, they don’t talk to me like that. They go: Really? Everybody dresses this way. Well, people jump off bridges. You don’t have to do that.
Modesty, I think, folks, is the largest cultural problem we confront. If we can begin the process of returning to modesty, especially feminine modesty — ladies, cover it up. You are not on display for me. You are to display only for your husband. Young ladies, you are only to display for your future husband, that’s right, only for your future husband. I don’t need to see that. As a matter of fact, you should resent me getting a peek at it. Your future husband ought to resent me getting a peek at any of it. [mocking] “You mean even kneecaps?” Yes, even kneecaps. I know, shudder the thought. This is all humility. These are all lessons in humility. The greatest virtue of all is humility. Without humility, we are all lost. There will be no Christian charity, there will be no kindness, there will be no compassion without humility. It is the virtue from which all the other virtues come. With no humility, you won’t have any of the other virtues. You can work at them but you’re not going to have them. Modesty is part of humility. That’s what Steve’s writing about here. Back to the story:
When was the last time a dazzling beauty pining for the tiara campaigned to help women and men tangled up in pornography, found crisis pregnancy centers, or work for a culture where all children were wanted, planned or not?
I don’t have to watch the competition to know that this never happens. It can’t. These things are mutually exclusive. Self-defeating. You can’t sell sex while hawking the wholesomeness of family. You have to pick one.
In an article about the Kazantsev controversy, writer Lauren Barbato poses this question:
“So, should Miss America be de-crowned for volunteering her time to educate young men and women about healthy and safe sex lives? (Answer: no.) But it’s worth highlighting how something as innocent as interning for three months with Planned Parenthood can instantly eject a woman from the ‘good American woman’ pedestal. What makes a ‘good American woman’ in this case? Not expressing any political views, apparently.”
Mike: Ms. Barbato, murdering your unborn child is not a political view, madam. It is an atrocity. It contravenes a commandment and it is a deathly mortal sin, madam. You frame it as a political question so you can feel good about yourself when you do it or when you encourage others to do it. It is the taking of an innocent life, end of story. To try and frame it as nothing more than an internship at some benign political entity as Planned Parenthood is is exactly what you have to do, because you can’t say what it is that Miss America helped those young women do. She helped them murder their children. That’s not palatable, though. We can’t frame it like that. Why not? Why aren’t you proud of it? If I term it like that, [mocking] “That’s just not right!” Why isn’t it?
We don’t have any problem framing it like that when we’re talking about the actual children that are born, do we? No. Why should it be any different from those who will be future citizens, future children of God side by side with us? Steve concludes:
Something “as innocent” as interning for Planned Parenthood? The largest, most well-funded institution dedicated to the slaughter of innocent human beings since the Nazi Party?
Sadly, even many of us who abhor abortion remain part of the problem. Any confessor will tell you that pornography usage is one of the most-confessed sins. How many of us readily consume movies and television shows which promote a culture of sexual objectification? The fight to keep our children modest and chaste in a world that bombards them with temptations to be anything but at times seem an impossible battle. There’s a reason why nobody threw a stone at the woman charged with adultery in the presence of Jesus. Who among us has a clean enough heart to judge?
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Barbato is right. Kazantsev shouldn’t lose her crown. It should be kept right where it sits on her perfect blonde hair, just above her pretty blue eyes and wide, dazzling smile, as she represents a country that has killed over 50 million of its own children in just four decades. Physically fit and perfectly composed, she’s issues-oriented and attractive in just the ways we’re looking for. She poses for the camera with no visible blood on her hands, a veneer of beauty and goodness hiding the moral corruption within.
If that’s not a slice of America, what is?
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