“Rima Fakih is Gorgeous; That is All,” The Anchoress — aka Elizabeth Scalia — titled her definitive and richly-linked take on the swirl of frothy and sometimes frothing-at-the mouth commentary that followed in the wake of the crowning of Muslim beauty Miss Michigan as Miss USA last night. AP photo.
“The contrast between images of the Catholic American women [below] and the Muslim American woman [above] of your previous post leaves me speechless” we twittered The Anchoress this afternoon, referencing her two latest blogposts. “Write about it!,” she twittered back. “I hadn’t thought of it, and must dash out to volunteer at hospital.”
“A Plethora of Nun Pictures,” was the title of Scalia’s post immediately following the one about Rima Fakih’s triumph (top photo). Here the photographer catches a moment in the “solemn professions” of a group of Benedectines of Mary, “really great pictures giving a good sense of the meaning of community and sisterhood.”
What does a scantily-clad beauty queen of Lebanese descent have to do with a cloister of fresh-faced nuns habited from head to toe? It has something to do with the promise of the First Amendment’s establishment clause, together with the Nineteenth Amendment that granted us the right to vote in this land of opportunity where a woman is free to pursue her own vision of her best and truest self. We used to call this Shining City Upon a Hill a “melting pot,” a term in disfavor now among politically correct elites and their fellow travelers in the media who would impose a stultifying identity politics of grievance upon the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Fortunately, the Michigan community of Arab immigrants where Miss USA 2010 grew up never got the memo, according to this CNN report:
“For once, we’re talking about beauty and not terror,” said Osama Siblani, publisher of The Arab-American News, in Dearborn, Michigan, who knows Fakih and her family.
He and about 150 other Arab-Americans watched the pageant unfold on a 100-inch television screen at La Pita Restaurant in Dearborn, which was packed with her friends …
“This sends a signal that we’re part and parcel of this great country … this is a part of being American. The American dream is still alive and kicking. Nobody can tell us that a Muslim cannot make it. Yes, we can make it.”
As The Anchoress quips, “Who needs ‘smart’ diplomacy? Bring on the pretty girls!”
Update: Dan Drezner has the last word:
A Very Important Post about …beauty pageant controversies
Update II: “My own response has been reduced to sputtering incoherence,” confesses Rick Moran, fed up with “many on the right who have exploded in anger and cries of ‘dhimmitude’ because a Muslim woman was named Miss USA.” So there.
Update III: Michelle Malkin’s “Buzzworthy” links!