Should Miss California lose her crown over topless photos?

Just days after the whole world found out that her boobs were paid for by pageant officials, now topless photos of Miss California Carrie Prejean have surfaced. And, this morning, the 21-year-old beauty queen responded to the new scandal: Prejean believes the naked pictures were released as an attempt to belittle her Christianity.

I mean, really? Seems to me that Prejean and her Christianity posed for the pics, she says when she was 17. And, while the images circulating right now (reportedly, more revealing shots have yet to be released) are not of the naughty Vanessa-Williams-in-Playboy variety, they're not Sunday-school appropriate either.

But are they inappropriate enough that Prejean should lose her crown? According to pageant officials,Young Miss California, baring it all, almostYoung Miss California, baring it all, almost yes, possibly. In a statement given to the Associated Press, pageant spokesman Roger Neal explained that, "Prejean has run afoul of several sections of the 12-page contract that prospective contestants were required to sign before competing...The contract contains a clause asking participants whether they have conducted themselves 'in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards' and if they've ever been photographed nude or partially nude."

As for Miss California, she released the Christianity statement today, explaining:
"My comments defending traditional marriage have led to intimidation tactics that seek to undermine my reputation and somehow silence me and my beliefs, as if opinion is only a one-way street.

"I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid website that openly mocks me for my Christian faith.

"I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be. But these attacks on me and others who speak in defense of traditional marriage are intolerant and offensive. While we may not agree on every issue, we should show respect for others' opinions and not try to silence them through vicious and mean-spirited attacks."

Yikes.



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