Miss California Declares Herself a Model Christian

Look out, world; Carrie Prejean says she’s being persecuted!

Miss California Prejean—who caused a ruckus at this year’s Miss USA competition by declaring her negative, “biblically correct” thoughts on gay marriage—says she’s being targeted by foes who’ve attempted to sabotage her by leaking a topless photo of her onto the Internet.

“[M]y 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,” Prejean said in a statement on Tuesday, according to Us Magazine.

The picture, which was published on Web site The Dirty on Monday and show Prejean modeling as a teenager, was “released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith.”

And besides, she adds, the photo is perfectly in line with her belief system, as she sees it. “I am a Christian, and I am a model,” Prejean offers. “Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos.”

Despite the “intolerant” and “offensive” attacks on her character, Prejean asserts that she will continue her crusade in defense of traditional marriage.

“If this whole experience has taught me anything,” Prejean says, “it is our precious right to speak freely, and how we as Americans can never allow anyone or any group to intimidate or threaten us to keep silent.”

The Man Upstairs might give the thumbs-up on Prejean’s topless modeling photos, but the officials for the Miss USA pageant may be another matter.

“I can assure you they were quite inappropriate, and certainly not photos befitting a beauty queen,” Alicia Jacobs, who sat on the judging panel for the April 19 competition that launched the whole controversy, asserts to NBC.

Have your say in the comments section: Is Prejean under unfair attack, and should she be dethroned because of her topless photo?