Liberals talk about tolerance, but can never seem to practice it.  Whenever someone disagrees with their liberal positions, they are vilified.  Such is the case with the recent Miss USA competition.  Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was asked by pageant judge Perez Hilton (an openly gay man) whether she thought “gay marriage” should be legalized throughout the U.S.  Prejean responded: “Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage.  And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman.  No offence to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be – between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.”

Granted, I think this was a horrible defense of her position, but I’m not here to critique her answer.  I’m here to critique the way liberals have responded to her for stating her support for traditional marriage.  Perez Hilton responded by calling her a “dumb b**ch” on his blog, and describing her as having “half a brain.”  According to Hilton, her answer cost her the competition.  Did you hear that?  She was discriminated against because she gave an answer Hilton didn’t like.  Why ask an open-ended question that you will only accept one answer for?

E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic twittered, “I know i’m a journalist, and i should be objective … but she is an ignorant disgrace and she makes me sick to my stomach.”

Even the director of the Miss California pageant, Shanna Moakler, quickly distanced herself from Ms. Prejean.  She twittered, “This is why we have judges at Miss USA, so we find the girl to rep us ALL,” and “I don’t know how you can call a gay man or woman your friend and not want them 2 have the same joys as yourself. In my family we believe in equal rights for all, I am sad and hurt, I agree with Perez 100 [percent]. It’s one thing to have an opinion I am very opinionated n have dealt with backlash from it, it’s another to alienate people who cared about u.”  After the pageant, she even refused to meet her backstage and congratulate her for being runner-up.  It sounds to me that it is Prejean’s “friends” who are choosing to alienate, not Prejean.

Do these people not recognize that the majority of Americans still oppose same-sex marriage?  Miss California’s answer reflects the thinking of mainstream America, but by the liberal reaction one would think her views represent a tiny minority, as if she denies the Holocaust or believes the Earth is flat.

How has Prejean responded?  Has she villified all those who have called her names and turned their backs on her for holding to a different point of view?  No.  Regarding Hilton she said, “I can only say to him that I will be praying for him.  I feel sorry for him, I really do. I think he’s angry, I think he’s hurt. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. He asked me specifically what my opinion was on that subject, and I gave him an honest answer.”  That is true tolerance.  And I don’t think it is any coincidence that a person who holds to Christian values is the one expressing it.