I just had to post this because it’s too interesting to pass up. So Miss California makes a statement about believing marriage is between a man and a woman, I blog about it, and suddenly traffic to my blog jumps by the hundreds. And guess what people are searching for? You got it, variations of “Miss California + Mormon” and “Is Carrie Prejean Mormon?”
Why is it that we’re still stuck here, folks? Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not the only ones who donated to Proposition 8. And Mormons are not the only ones who worked to ensure the passage of Proposition 8. In fact, Mormons were the last faith-based group invited to join the Protect Marriage coalition! Granted, I take pride in defending marriage, but that doesn’t mean I was the only one doing it and maybe, just maybe, there are some other folks out there who would like their fair share of intimidation, intolerance, vandalism, and vulgarity. Just a thought . . . .
So here is some of what I found in my StatCounter shortly after posting about Carrie.
Num Perc. Search Term
44 15.60% carrie prejean mormon
20 7.09% Miss California Mormon
17 6.03% carrie prejean lds
10 3.55% is carrie prejean mormon
7 2.48% IS cARRIE pREJEAN A mORMON
6 2.13% Carrie Prejean mormon ?
2 1.09% +"Miss California" +mormon
2 1.09% Is Miss California Mormon?
2 1.09% is carrie prejean mormon?
2 1.09% miss california lds
1 0.54% is miss california mormon
1 0.54% carrie prejean+lds
1 0.54% Carrie Prejean, mormon
1 0.54% miss california 2009 mormon
1 0.54% carrie prejean's mormon?
1 0.54% Miss California 2009 LDS
1 0.54% Miss California usa mormon
1 0.54% Prejean miss california lds
1 0.54% carrie prejean miss california +religion +mormon
1 0.54% Carrie Prejean mormon or not
1 0.54% Carrie Prejean mormon?
1 0.54% is miss california a mormon
1 0.54% carrie+prejean+lds
1 0.54% carrie prejean's mormon
1 0.54% Carrie Prejean is she mormon
1 0.54% Carrie Prejean is a Mormon
1 0.54% is miss california a mormon?
1 0.54% miss california lds?
1 0.54% "Carrie Prejean" mormon
Obviously, there are other searches not associated with the infamous Miss California that are bringing hits to my blog, but I chose to omit them here in order to emphasize this mindboggling occurrence of massive, misdirected assumption. This just blows my mind!
Does anyone else see the frightening ramifications of such convoluted reasoning (or lack thereof)? Let me break it down for you. The tentative idea, conscious or unconscious, is this: “If you believe marriage is between a man and a woman, you must either be LDS or have some connection to the LDS Church.”
Whether that idea is generating from a homosexual marriage advocate hell-bent on finding fault or from a member of the LDS Church seeking for validation by association, the assumption is equally misdirected.
What was that about members of the LDS Church making up a whopping 2% of the entire population of California? Boy, if I was Catholic, or Evangelical, or even “just” a mere concerned citizen wielding sound social sciences research in defense of 1man/1woman marriage, I’d be pretty darned upset that my beliefs were being categorically ignored as the Mormons receive all the vitriolic glory! :0)
P.S. I have no idea if Carrie Prejean is Mormon or not. And frankly, it doesn’t concern me. What I do find refreshing, is her willingness to candidly state her belief in marriage between one man and one woman on international television and in response to a very cynical gay marriage advocate.
UPDATE: Since beginning this blog a couple of hours ago (sorry peeps, gotta take time to put the kiddos down for naps), my blog hits have jumped another several hundred and numbers are climbing for all of the searches above. *Sigh*