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Miss Beverly Hills thinks gay people should “surely be put to death”

Timothy Kincaid

February 23rd, 2010

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This is Lauren Ashley, the Miss Beverly Hills contestant to the Miss California USA beauty pageant. Yes, that Beverly Hills. I kid you not.

And following in the shoes of Carrie Prejean, Lauren wants everyone to know that she too opposes marriage equality for gay people. But if we take her at her words, she wouldn’t stop there. (Fox News Pop Tarts)

“The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. In Leviticus it says, ‘If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.’ The Bible is pretty black and white,” Ashley told Pop Tarts.

“I feel like God himself created mankind and he loves everyone, and he has the best for everyone. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is going to bring death upon you, that’s a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life.”

Ashley, who says, “There’s no hate between me and anyone” doesn’t explain whether this “bringing of death upon you” also applies to her “lot of friends that are gay”, or only to those who want to get married. Somehow I just don’t think she’s ever really thought about what it would mean to live according to Leviticus.

I’m sure that this poor foolish girl is all delighted that she’s found an issue that will give her an additional minute and a half of fame. And no doubt she’ll try and latch onto Carrie’s martyrdom when she doesn’t make the first cut.

But sadly for Lauren, she does not yet know the cost of selling your soul to a campaign of discrimination. And she doesn’t realize that she doesn’t quite have what it takes to headline a Family Values dinner. No one is impressed that you’re a champion of virginity when, well, they can’t fantasize about taking it from you.



Richard W. Fitch
February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

These ‘kristian beauty queens’ should also be held accountable under the Ten Commandments, one of which says, Thou shalt not bear false witness. They have full breasts and empty heads, no idea what the Lev. verses they spout really mean, only parroting what they’ve been told by their Fundamentalist preachers.

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I suspect that at the time that Leviticus was written down, that outfit that she is wearing would be all the justification anyone would need to put her to death.

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. . . as she mentally squints her way through life.

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Hope she never has any kids. If they’re disobedient, she might use the book of Deuteronomy to justify stoning them to death.

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She knows what she is doing. Look how it boosted Carrie Prejean in publicity. Hope she doesn’t ever commit adultery, that too, according to the Bible is a sentence of death. In addition, I wonder if she likes to go to “Red Lobster”, because according to Leviticus, eating shellfish is an abomination. I’ll also bet that she wears garments of more than one fiber.

Richard Rush
February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Profound ignorance plus Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) must be prerequisites for entering a beauty pageant. Carrie Prejean and Sarah Palin could pose together for a poster to educate the public about NPD combined with ignorance.

And maybe Lauren Ashley is hoping to replace Carrie as the new gay-bashing queen now that Carrie has become a porn queen.

Scott P.
February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Hmmm, if I remember correctly, doesn’t Leviticus forbid women from wearing the color red?

And, let’s face (maybe it’s the picture) but she seems to be rather homely.

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I hope she gets to stand on the same platform as NOM, FRC and FOTF.

Next time there is a popular vote on LGBT rights, campaigners should be reminding people, that gay marriage is only the start. You have to start asking people, what would America be like of the financiers of Prop8, Yes on 1, had their way. Ask the women, the Jews, anyone who uses a contraceptive.

Miss Beverley Hills is a reminder of what might be.

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I think it would be great if we all called the Miss California pageant and let them know how we feel about one of their contestants calling for genocide against Gays and Lesbians. K2 Productions pageant office 310.275.4339 email

February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Wow, the Miss California USA pageant must have a worse recruiting shortage than the Army if she made the cut…

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She will only get her minute of fame if the gay press reports on it, so why don’t you just ignore such fools.

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Most biblical scholars believe that those Levitical verses didn’t refer to gay sex in general, but to a specific form of it, probably anal intercourse. The addition of “as with a woman” suggests that more is happening; general prohibitions don’t contain such a phrase. More importantly, the Hebrew toevah, which is often translated abomination, didn’t imply a moral wrong.

L. William Countryman’s book Dirt, Greed, and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament” (2007 edition) is the best resource I know on these issues. I think it would be very difficult to read this whole book and still think that the Bible condemns homosexuality.

And yeah, Leviticus firmly prohibits a ton of things that Miss Pop Tarts probably does, like wearing clothes of mixed fabrics.

Bill S
February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

She’s an airhead trying to earn a cookie.
I can’t even get angry at someone this stupid.

February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I see the abomination known as tapered jeans has come back to plague this sinful land.

That aside, it would be interesting to know where she goes to church, and how many other young people attend.

Richard W. Fitch
February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Dan – Countryman is an excellent resource. Also a book by Daniel Helminiak, What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality, covers all the major ‘clobber’ passages of the Bible with linguistic and cultural/religious background for there inapplicability to consensual same-sex relations. The passage in Lev. 18:22 is especially problematic; even OT Hebrew scholars are not in agreement of an exact translation, thinking that a portion of the text may have be lost in the course of transmission. What they do agree upon is that it is a part of the Holiness or Purity Code which was meant to keep the Jewish people distinct from the ‘pagans’ of the land and that it is primarily addressing idolatry and not ‘gay sex’ in any modern sense.

Rob in San diego
February 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Yoda once said that there are always 2, a master and an apprentice. This young padawan is starting to turn to the dark side.

February 24th, 2010 | LINK

Bible said “and Judas hung himself”, oh it also like totally says “go therefore and do likewise”. Well I guess the Bible is advocating Suicide.

February 24th, 2010 | LINK

Now that the City of Beverly Hills has 1) DISAVOWED her as a “fraud” since the City has NO association with ANY contests and, 2) reported that she doesn’t even live in Beverly Hills (Pasadena), Ms. Ashley is rendered speechless.

She cherry-picked the bible and in doing so ignored at least one of the Ten Commandments.

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