On a day many view as a “Judgment Day” for our beloved nation, September 11, one of America’s longest standing and most beloved institutions may crown its first lesbian Miss America. Erin O’Flaherty, 23, Miss Missouri, is the very first openly LGBTQ contestant to compete in the legendary competition.
“You go girl!” heralds the media and almost giddy gay advocacy groups. Others feel, “It’s really not that big of a deal. It just shows how far America has come with diversity and accepting homosexuality as mainstream, normal, beautiful and natural.”
This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the pageant, which began in 1921, 94 years ago (check out the swimsuits for a little chuckle!). ABC will broadcast the final competition across America and tens of millions will tune in. You can be rest assured that millions of young, impressionable girls will also be watching and dreaming “I wonder if I could be like…”
The winner receives a $50,000 scholarship and will travel throughout the United States in the traditional “Year of Service” promoting her particular platform. She’ll travel over 20,000 miles a month and
change locations every 24–48 hours!
“Miss America” is one of the most recognized household names in our country. The winner is catapulted to fame; some have spoken at the White House, before the United States Senate and House of Representatives, in addition to coverage by a fawning media (imagine if the winner was gay!).
Stroll through hotel lobbies and auditoriums throughout America any given weekend (I experienced this at a Marriott yesterday) and you will come upon wide-eyed little girls, preteens and teenagers with their parents and relatives all excited about the pageants they’re competing in to follow in the footsteps to this prestigious position.
While commending Miss O’Flaherty for her hard work, dedication, physical fitness and sincerity, there’s more here that we should consider than merely the potential of “celebrating” a Miss America milestone.
Reflect on 3 Sobering Realities:
- A lesbian Miss America can become a symbol of ideal womanhood.
The theme song for the Miss America pageant is as follows:
“There she is, Miss America.
There she is, your ideal.
The dream of a million girls who are more than pretty, can come true in Atlantic City.
For she may turn out to be the Queen of femininity…” (Recall
the days when Bert Parks belted out this iconic song at the evening’s end?).
Our young sons and daughters are impressionable and often peer-dependent. They want to fit in and crave acceptance by their friends. They’re also very much given to imitative behavior.
Visiting Atlanta recently on the birth of another grandchild, I noticed a little granddaughter dressing up exactly like my 30-something daughter who was soon to arrive. She thinks her auntie is “cool” so she wore attire, down to the smallest detail, so she could be like her.
As parents and pastors, we need to be watchful and also intentional to instill in our youth an understanding of character before charisma. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised” (Prv. 31:30).
If a lesbian is presented for our daughters and granddaughters as an “ideal,” “dream” and “Queen,” what does this say about the moral condition of our nation? As watchmen and gatekeepers, we must guide our sons and daughters towards wholesome role models to emulate, starting with ourselves.
2. A lesbian Miss America can promote the LGBTQ agenda.
In 2015, lesbian comedian, Ellen DeGeneres called me out on her national TV show for saying she was furthering a “gay agenda” which she adamantly denied. She said her only agenda was to “be more kind and compassionate with one another… I don’t have an agenda, I’m not here to brainwash anyone.”
Here’s the deal: What Ellen said wasn’t true! In a video response to Ellen I exposed her propaganda and clearly presented how she was aggressively doing exactly what I said. Go to the Opening Video And Orientation at bullseyechallenge.com to view her and my remarks.
Miss O’Flaherty states that her platform is suicide prevention – that is good. But if you dig deeper, you discover she has other intentions regarding the seduction of a gay lifestyle.
- “It’s certainly a big part of who I am and I will be promoting it and raising awareness for the LGBT community.”
- “I’ve received several messages from other contestants that are out in other states. That’s awesome… That’s really exciting! As far as the girls who aren’t out yet, I would say, take the leap! It’s so freeing, and I saw most of my success after I came out…”
- On “Good Morning America,” she told fellow-lesbian Robin Roberts, I “hope that my presence will help with visibility for the LGBT community.”
- In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, a publication promoting abortion, promiscuity, sexual deviancy and homosexuality, Erin said she was “proud” to be gay and that “Femme lesbians are underrepresented in the LGBT community.”
She “wants to use her years… serve as a role model.”
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