Get Off Prejean's Back: Pastor

Plus, pageant exec stars in new pro-diversity campaign
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2009 9:20 AM CDT
Miss California Carrie Prejean, left, talks with Pastor Miles McPherson, right, during services at the Rock Church in San Diego Sunday, April, 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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(Newser) – Topless photos of Carrie Prejean may disqualify her from being Miss California, but “they do not disqualify her from being able to share her opinion,” her pastor tells E! “We all have things in our past that we would not want to have broadcast on national television. We are all sinners. Christians aren't perfect." Miles McPherson, pastor of the Rock megachurch in San Diego, defends her against what he calls slander. “The attacks against Carrie are undue but not unexpected.” A decision on Prejean’s title is not expected until Tuesday.

In related news, the Miss California executive director Shanna Moakler is shooting a diversity campaign, one week after appearing in a pro-gay marriage PSA. “It's a campaign trying to show the diversity of California and really spreading equality,” Moakler said of the I Believe campaign. “It’s really important that people understand that though Carrie Prejean is allowed to have her opinions, they don’t necessarily coincide with the Miss California Organization.”