- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Newly minted author Carrie Prejean, it was revealed, made no fewer than eight of what RadarOnline.com describes as “sex tapes” (though she actually has no partner(s) in the videos) and some 30 nude photos. Seeing dollar signs, porn distributors are wagging their tongues. And the Gotcha Gang is doing the same with their fingers.

Miss Prejan’s fame, or infamy, skyrocketed after she honestly answered a question about gay “marriage” during an internationally televised beauty pageant. Initially she was cast a hater. Now, she’s being pilloried as something far worse: a hypocrite. How pathetic.

Modesty issues aside, what the believing Christian Miss Prejan actually is, is what Judaism calls a “Baalas Teshuvah”: One who has given up one way of life and embraced a different, religious and morality-centered one.

Nobody who turns their life on its head expects a paved road to the Good Life. Drastic change is, to be sure, almost always ripe with conflict - and awkward embarrassment. But just because something is inevitable doesn’t make it right; nor logical.

Whether it be with celebrities or politicians, again and again Americans are informed by the chattering class that inconsistent actions - or reversal of a position - is grounds for derision. This behavior emanates equally on the left and right. And, frankly, I’m sick of it.

Advancing the belief that one must remain forever static in terms of life choices, philosophical beliefs or refinement or face ridicule is insulting to those of us who actually think.

The politician who campaigned on an issue only to learn later from data that staying the course would be irresponsible to his constituency isn’t a “waffler,” he’s a statesman.

And a former alcoholic standing before an Alcoholics Anonymous audience warning about the consequences of irresponsible drinking isn’t two-faced - even if pictures or videos of him passed out become available. Actually, the evidence makes his message all the more compelling. Miss Prejan, as an author with a mission, is no different.

In “Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks” (Regnery, 2009), Miss Prejan spills her guts about the many mistakes she has already made in her short life.

She doesn’t plead for pity, nor is she claiming superiority. Instead, she asks the reader to learn from her failures and to avoid doing the same. She puts a beautiful face (and body) on values and a lifestyle so often derided as only for the inadequate.

Miss Prejean acknowledges having been a flawed human - and may yet still be. If that makes a hypocrite, count me as one who respects her and the many, many evolving others just like her.

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky is editor in chief of JewishWorldReview.com.

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