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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 18, 2009 / 24 Iyar 5769

Truth from a beauty is all ye need to know

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's an odd day when Donald Trump becomes your hero. But that's the new light I see him in, standing beside Miss California as she withstood the worst kind of public incivility, just for giving an honest answer to a question about a fundamental institution in American lives.


Truth be told, "hero" might be overkill. But Trump, for whatever his reasons, deserves credit for how he handled the Carrie Prejean controversy. Prejean, who was a runner-up in the recent Miss USA pageant (a stepping stone to the Miss Universe pageant), became a household name because of her opinion on gay marriage, which she gave in response to a question asked during the televised event.


But by the end of the story — when Trump, who is co-owner of the Miss Universe brand, decided to keep Prejean on despite accusations of inappropriate activism and breach of contract — due to previously unpublished semi-nude photos that were exposed (and overexposed) in the wake of her now-infamous answer — it became about showing the lie of tolerance. And as Trump allowed Prejean to keep her title of "Miss California," he also defended free speech and said some true things rarely uttered by non-culture-warriors.


Forgiving Prejean for the pictures and affirming her comments, Trump said, "She gave an honorable answer. She gave an answer from her heart, and I think for that she has to be commended."


Never mind that Prejean's asserted preference for traditional marriage mirrors the majority in her home state, where gay marriage legislation recently met with failure, making her a particularly apt representative of California. Or that Trump, during his pro-Prejean press conference, highlighted what few others would dare to remark while caught in the media spotlight: Prejean's view agrees with President Obama's stated outlook.


Trump also noted that Prejean has "taken a tremendous amount of abuse, and really by some people who shouldn't be handing out abuse." Another way he could have put it: the self-appointed political guardians of "tolerance" aren't so tolerant, after all.


Shanna Moakler, co-director of the Miss California contest, took issue with Trump's call and quit her gig there after making her support for gay marriage well known in the weeks since the frenzy erupted.


"I cannot with a clear conscience move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it," she said. "I want to be a role model for young woman (sic) with high hopes of pageantry, but now feel it more important to be a role model for my children."


Moakler's politics and own publicity strategy miss something here, however: though Prejean may hold different views than the liberal elite, she is nonetheless a role model. What happened on that Miss USA stage was wholly unexpected. But she rose to the occasion with conscience and grace. And, yes, she showed herself to be savvy, goal-oriented and aware, all traits of an ideal Miss Universe, according to the organization's Web site.


Is this story ridiculous? On one level, most definitely. We've been arguing about a beauty pageant, for goodness' sake. But that, too, is why it's so important. When asked, Prejean said: "I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and in my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be." A beauty contestant can't say that, in the most inoffensive way, without eliciting a firestorm and putting her title in jeopardy?


Carrie Prejean did not walk onto the Miss USA stage with an agenda. She was asked her opinion. And she gave it. It was what followed that was ugly. Trump, in his way, brought some real beauty back to the spotlight — literally, but also shining a light on some fundamentals of American life and common decency that deserve a pageant of their own.

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