Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue: An American Life,” hit bookstores today, though it’s already been a best seller for weeks. But there is another sharply divisive, though far less influential and popular, conservative woman on the book-speaking tour.
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean has been making the rounds. She spoke last week with Meredith Viera about that solo-sex tape and then walked off of “Larry King Live” without actually walking off.
Her interview with my two-time colleague at Christianity Today went much better. So much better it was quoted in one of the grocery store gossip rags. Here’s Sarah Pulliam Bailey asking Prejean about “Still Standing,” becoming an advocate for traditional marriage and a lightning rod for critics:
You wrote that you don’t regret getting breast implants. Have you ever wondered whether it might be incompatible with your Christian faith?
No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting breast implants as a Christian. I think it’s a personal decision. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn’t get breast implants.
You write that you’re still standing, but do you have any regrets from everything that happened?
No, I don’t have any regrets with anything I said or that happened during the pageant. I think it’s important to know that I will fail, I’m not perfect. We’re all sinners, and none of us are perfect. No one should be pointing the finger, when we fall down we should get up and continue what we should be doing.
Can you comment on the reports that you settled a lawsuit against Miss USA because of sex tapes?
Everything that was discussed in mediation was confidential. There is a video out there of me. I was really young and immature. It was the worst mistake of my life. It was a really stupid, stupid decision that I made. But I take full responsibility for it. Did I think I would ever be a celebrity or that my boyfriend at the time, who I sent it to, would ever blackmail me? No. I think we all make mistakes and we all do things when we’re young that sometimes backfire later in life. I give advice to younger girls in my book because I’ve learned a lot since I was 16 or 17 years old.
You’ve apologized to your fans for posing in some revealing photos. Do you think parents will worry that you’re not a good role model for their children?
No one’s perfect. You’re not perfect, I’m not perfect. Everyone’s made mistakes. So if people want to judge me and say that I’m not a good person because of something I did when I was young, that’s their problem. But what really matters is who I am now. We as Christians need to stick together and realize that the Enemy is powerful, and that there are so many people out there who will try and destroy good people. It’s a crazy world, that’s all I can say. All Christians fall short, and hopefully mothers can hear my story and check their daughters’ cell phones and Facebook pages. Young people are doing it every single day.
Doing what everyday? Nevermind. I’m going to let that one go.
Read the rest of the Q&A here.