Liberals demand diversity in every facet of our lives save one — diversity of thought.
Last week was proof that women can be rude, profane, anti-American louts, but Christian, conservative, Trump-supporters have no place in American society.
That was made clear when Miss Michigan, Kathy Zhu, lost her crown, her title, and any chance of competing in national or world competition — apparently because of her conservative views.
Zhu, 20, a legal immigrant from China, is a University of Michigan scholar. She’s also an outspoken supporter of both women’s rights and President Donald Trump, and isn’t afraid to express her views on social media under the handle @PoliticalKathy.
She learned that the pageant organization was dropping her in a letter she received Thursday.
“It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America (MWA) that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content, and in violation of MWA’s Rules and Conditions, specifically the contestant requirement of ‘being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organization,’” the letter said.
Subsequent investigation revealed the source of the “disrepute.”
“They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and ‘insensitive’ statistical tweets,’” she wrote.
The hijab incident occurred in 2018 while she was enrolled at the University of Central Florida. When the campus Muslim Student Association promoted “World Hijab Day,” Zhu refused to participate and posted her reasoning on het Twitter account.
"There is a 'try a hijab on' booth at my college campus,” she tweeted, according to screenshots obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. “So you're telling me that it's now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?"
Muslim women in the Middle East are often required to hide their hair under a hijab and are routinely denied many of the rights enjoyed by men, including working outside the home, being seen with men not their husband, and even driving a motor vehicle.
“What’s ‘insensitive’ is that women in the Middle East are getting stoned to death for refusing to obey their husband’s orders to wear hijabs,” Zhu wrote.
The Muslim group filed a grievance. The university investigated and found nothing objectionable.
Zhu’s other “insensitive” statement was made in 2017, in response to a Twitter user who told Vice President Mike Pence to “stop killing black people.”
Zhu replied, “Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”
Although the statement may have appeared blunt, it was also factual.
Jason Riley reported in The Wall Street Journal that while African Americans make up approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population, “more than 90 percent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks,” according to FBI data.
In the news of sports, meanwhile, recent questions arose as to whether one of the most talented U.S. women soccer players was denied a spot on the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s team because of her deeply-held religious beliefs.
The controversy began in 2017 when Jaelene Hinkle, 26, who was reportedly “the top left defender in the U.S. game,” declined to play in two matches in which the team wore jerseys promoting Gay Pride Month. Two years earlier she’d voiced her disapproval of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
Coach Jill Ellis told reporters that the team’s decision to cut Hinkle was “solely based on soccer,” an explanation no one bought.
Last week, however, national team member Ashlyn Harris claimed the problem was neither talent nor religion, but rather Hinkle’s attitude.
“Hinkle, our team is about inclusion,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “Your religion was never the problem. The problem is your intolerance and you are homophobic.” This is the same team that believed it was fine to take a knee for the national anthem and snub a White House invitation while purporting to represent the United States.
Tolerance and inclusion are two-way streets. Hinkle had no problem playing with openly-lesbian teammates. Her objection was promoting LGBT issues. One wonders if other team members would have objected to wearing jerseys depicting a Christian cross, a Star of David, or straight pride.
As for Zhu, Robby Starbuck, director and producer of “Free Thinker,” observed that the de-throned beauty queen was probably better off without the pageant organizers.
“Apparently you can’t even participate in a @MissWorldLtd pageant if you’re *gasp* openly Republican,” he tweeted. “What a sorry bunch of bigots. @PoliticalKathy you’re still Miss Michigan to anyone with a functioning frontal lobe in their brain.”
Politics and social engineering have no place in beauty pageants, sports, or entertainment. In the words of Fox News host Laura Ingraham, “Shut up and sing.”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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