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Carrie Prejean: Conservative Sex Offender?

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Her sex tape could be considered child porn, says one dad.

Carrie Pejean

Calvin Lowery: It appears that Carrie Prejean is the latest to fall from the almighty Conservative/Christian throne. With the year this young lady has had, why is she still in front of cameras? Well, she went from Miss California to "In my country, in my family, I think I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman ..."

Then it was, "I am a Christian, and I am a model ... I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be," in response to partially nude pictures.

The latest hypocritical moment is the release of the sex tape she made at 17, which sparked the "biggest mistake of my life" statement.

Well, it appears that her next one-liner could be, "I am pulling time, and I will be a registered sex offender."

As indicated by Professor Douglas A. Berman, Carrie "could be technically subject to the five-year minimum [sentence] under 18 USC 2252(a)(2) for distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of minors," as a result of producing and distributing "child porn."

While authorities and legislators have shown that they are willing to possibly be a little more lenient with sexting (texting nude pictures), as the federal child porn statute currently stands, possession of and transmitting child porn is against the law, regardless of who is responsible.

This sex tape that Carrie Prejean made is comparable to cases that have already resulted in convictions of minors who have produced and manufactured child porn for boyfriends/girlfriends; and those convicted have become registered sex offenders.

So, I wonder:

(1) Should she be prosecuted?
(2) Should anyone be prosecuted in similar situations?
(3) Are your kids aware of these interpretations of the law that could hold them responsible for pictures they send to their friends (resulting in them becoming registered sex offenders)?
(4) When did porn stars have the right to be Christians, but not homosexuals?




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April November 12, 2009, 8:46 AM

Gah! Articles like this make me sick. People make mistakes. Making a sex tape when you are 17 is not the same thing as an active porn star! Ever hear of forgiveness?…it’s kind of big deal in Christianity. Did she ever claim to be on a throne? Then how could she fall from it? Christians aren’t out worshiping Carrie Prejean. Hypocritical is the wrong term too. Hypocritical would have been her saying that “I belive that teenagers who make sex tapes are unworthy of being in pagents.” Did she ever say that? Didn’t think so. Hypocritical would have been if she married a woman. GAH!

chris November 12, 2009, 9:05 AM

I so agree with April…I don’t understand why when a conservate/christian person makes a mistake, they are condem to hell but when a liberal person makes a mistake its more like “oh well, no one expected any better than that anyhow”. Atleast in the christian community there is such a thing as forgives for sins. I hate when people sit back and judge yet have their own sins to worry about. And NO she shouldn’t be labeled a sex offender.

Elise November 12, 2009, 9:16 AM

I agree with April.I am tired of the same old liberal nonsense that if you have beliefs and ethics you live by you are never allowed to have made mistakes and to pick on her for something she did as a child is absurd. I guess only sanctimonious Al Gore could have smoked pot in college and run for President(Why don’t you call for his arrest for breaking the drug laws.) Heck in the Obama adminsitraion you can be an all out tax cheat but can be a cabinet member, or enable child-adult sex relationships (instead of reporting child sex abuse/rape) and be the safe-school csar- all by the way acts committed by the individuals as adults. Where is your call for their arrest and prosecution. How about the tax cheats in Congress where is yor call to arrest those adults?
It’s time for the liberal media to get over itself. It’s also time for the self-righteous morons who run our legal system to go after the real sex offenders and leave the children alone.I am tired of some prosecutor trying to make a name for themselves by picking on foolish acts by teens (i.e. sexting). How about an article about that, or is holding adults to adult responsibilities too hard. Maybe you can find something they did as a child that you can pick on them about especially if they have real ethics and morals.

Jill November 12, 2009, 9:23 AM

Maybe Carrie Prejean shouldn’t have written a book and gone on a press tour if she didn’t want publicity. If she faded into obscurity then we wouldn’t have to even discuss her anymore. She brought it upon herself.

ana November 12, 2009, 9:37 AM

OMG! Wow! You know how many people would be registered sex offenders because they did something like this at a younger age. This is very disappointing. I don’t think that it’s fair because teenagers may not know about the consequences of such actions. They end up messing up their lives without even knowing it. I think that Carrie should not be prosecuted for this. She probably did this without knowing it was a crime.

cyndi November 12, 2009, 9:37 AM

I defended this girl for a long time—I thought what they did to her at the pageant was absolutely indefensible. But then the nude photos came out and I started having a hard time…then the sex tape came out….I”m just saying she needs to fade out here and quit putting herself out there if this stuff keeps coming out.

stacy November 12, 2009, 9:53 AM

This article really made me realize that, having daughters, I need to have the conversation that things we do when we are young have consequences. I personally don’t feel that teens who sext or do this types of tapes should be on a sex offender registry, but as of now it is the law. And we have to teach our kids to be careful of these sort of things because the repercussions are serious regardless of religious ideologies or political views.

PlumbLucky November 12, 2009, 10:28 AM

I’ve read about rumors on two separate sources that site the recipient of the tape has said that CP was 20, NOT 17, when the tape was made.

It will be interesting how that happens to pan out…wasn’t she “underage”, then not, in some of the photos too?

Julie November 12, 2009, 10:49 AM

She is a total hypocrite. She says she’s all conservative “Christian” and then judges others and states it’s wrong to support gay marriage. Oh, but apparently it’s quite all right to take nude pics of herself and send them to a guy. Sorry, that’s not a “mistake”. Accidentally bumping into someone is a mistake. At 17 when she knew damn well better her little conservative christian self WILLFULLY and PURPOSEFULLY stripped down and took some pics to entice a guy. Whatever punishment anyone else would get she also deserves.

go april November 12, 2009, 10:54 AM

i agree with april. repentence and forgiveness are kinda a main thing in christianity. i am not the same person i was in my teen years (thank God!) and that doesn’t mean I am a hypocrite.

chris November 12, 2009, 11:16 AM

Julie, the bible doesn’t say that it’s a sin to be naked but it does say that homosexuality is. Oh by the way, aren’t you judging? Is it only okay for liberals to judge???

Barb November 12, 2009, 11:42 AM

Chris, do you really want to swear by a book that says it’s no OK for two consenting adults to love each other? I will never understand blind faith…

Pamala November 12, 2009, 12:01 PM

You know what’s wrong with this girl. She’s two faced and a hypocrite at best. She preaches Christianity and then has nude pictures and a sex tape? I’m sorry but don’t go out there and play miss good Christian when you have this type of background. Don’t stand on some freaking moral high ground stating that homosexuality is wrong when you have absolutely no problem defying other aspects of your religion.

She made a mistake, sure whatever. Forgive but no one has to let her forget it.

Rob G November 12, 2009, 12:08 PM

@Julie: Please look up the definition of “hypocrite” before you use it again. Also please consider that she said she was Christian, not perfect. Christians make mistakes the same as everybody else, that doesn’t make them not Christian, is just makes them human.

@Barb: I think there’s a lot you don’t understand if you honestly believe that the Bible says two adults can’t love each other. I presume, however, that by “love” you meant “have sex.” In which case you are somewhat correct in that the Bible says two adults shouldn’t do that, but only if they’re not married. It does not however, anywhere in there, say that it’s wrong to love someone.

All that aside I feel very sorry for Carrie Prejean that she’s obviously made a mistake and she will have to pay for it. Even if the legal community chooses to ignore this, as I think they should, she will still have to deal with the fallout of this for a long time to come. I wish her the best of luck in that.

Julie November 12, 2009, 12:11 PM

Chris - um, the bible totally says nudity is a sin. That’s why Adam & Eve covered up. Throughout the bible covering up is urged in order to preserve chasteness. So, um, duh, yeah it condemns nudity. However, the whole “homosexuality” thing is in Leviticus which is Old Testament which I thought Christians believed they didn’t need tofollow those rules anymore because of the whole Jesus thing.

Next time you want to have a debate, you may want to know your topic a bit better.

Julie November 12, 2009, 12:18 PM

@Rob G - quite clearly you haven’t learned the definition, so allow me to enlighten you:
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
Clearly - that describes Ms. Prejean. Also, but stating she is “Christian” not judging others is allegedly a huge part of that belief. She clearly judges others harshly.

Cin November 12, 2009, 12:22 PM

Its the best thing that’s ever happened to her! We don’t hear any news on the actual winner of the beauty pagent! Any publicity is good publicity and now she gets to make money of her “Still standing” book. She should have named it “Still making money”. I’m actually very tired of hearing the “good” Christian non-sense. She’s human. Having said that, she should remember her fellow humans and let them stand by what they believe in and how it is in their family and their country. Regardless…Christians or not we should all love each other. I’d take any combination of love (men and woman, woman and woman, man and man, whatever) than war and hate. Let her be and let others be too.

Barb November 12, 2009, 12:22 PM

Rob G, your presumption is only half-right. My comment was in reference to the post above by Chris, which said that the bible says that homosexuality is wrong. My point is that if two people love each other, and they’re both consenting adults—either male/female, male/male or female/female—then I just don’t see why anyone would put much faith in a book that tells them that only CERTAIN people are allowed to love each other. By love I mean love, the way I love my husband, which is both physical and mental.

On a side note about your feeling sorry for her: if she was that desperate to stay out of the spotlight, she wouldn’t be out hawking her book to anyone who will interview her.

Think Deeper November 12, 2009, 12:27 PM

Great Article!!! I can tell that you are simply addressing her hypocrisy and NOT judging her…. just giving her a taste of her own conservative hypocritical ways.

No I do not think she needs to do time, but it is a HUGE wake up call to all women, especially those with children. The sex talk is not enough anymore. We seriously need to address ALL sexual content and how, IF you participate in that… you could very well be held responsible.

I cannot stand those who decide to cherry pick their sins or cherry pick who and what makes a Christian…. for that.. she is a hypocrite. She needs a new PR that teaches more about politics and keeping her mouth shut. She should stop not making excuses and stop trying talk her way out of her “indiscretions”… Until then…. let the law use her as an example like they do so many others that do not “really” deserve legal punishment.

LikeUCare November 12, 2009, 12:29 PM

She wasn’t 17. She was 20. She asked her ex-boyfriend who recieved the video to lie about her age during the “performance”. This has all been verified by several media outlets.


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