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Freedom Lovers Candidate for Miss America

The Miss America Pageant won’t know what hit it when it lays eyes on Miss Kansas, Sgt. Theresa Vail. Once the competition’s preliminaries begin in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Vail will be the second contestant in the military to compete (Miss Utah 2007 was a combat medic in the Army National Guard). But when she struts down Boardwalk Hall in her bikini, she’ll be breaking a long-standing taboo with her two giant tattoos – the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder and the Serenity Prayer running down her right side. “Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos?” Vail says. “My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink. How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can’t do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all.”

 

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  • sean murry

    Good luck.

  • NDAMIX

    I don’t think people are going to be looking at her tattoos when she walking in her bikini.

  • englishrancher

    I didn’t see any tattoos. In any case, I think tattoos are a sign of vanity. Why graffiti the temple of the Holy Spirit? Why not a necklace or bracelet?

    • NDAMIX

      I agree, tattoos on a women aren’t something I feel adds to her beauty. I know they’re a personal statement, but why diminish what God has made so beautiful.

    • Tank

      Granted, jewelry is temporary, but is it not hypocritical to say “Why graffiti the temple of the Holy Spirit? Why not a necklace or bracelet?” when all you’re going to do is bedazzle it with decoration as well??

      • englishrancher

        I think Jewelry is more or less vain as well. Not that I have anything against wearing jewelry, and she can wear or do whatever she wants. I just think tattoos are out of character with something that is sacred. Kind of like singing pop music at a holy benediction.

  • Freedom_Road

    She has tattoos? I didn’t notice :-)

  • jime1

    This is the woman that all of America should fall in love with !!! This is a woman who CAN represent America in a way to make us proud again. God knows we need something to feel good about !

  • Freedom_Road

    Are we you judging the outward appearance? For no man knoweth the heart except God. God does not judge based on outward appearance which is temporal but the spirit or the inward man which is eternal. Beware of the judgement bright upon yourself. I do not like tattoos and would never get one, but is this reason for judgement, I think not!

    • americanpride

      Think back…Women have had ink for years n years..It was just they wore cloths to hide them. Not these days. Makes no difference to me. if she is honest an American…works for me !

  • jong

    I wonder if her version of the serenity prayer has the bit about hiding the bodies. Of course she will not win. She is not either a minority, liberal or muslim.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    “And YHWH spake unto Moses … Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel,
    after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every MALE by their polls; from TWENTY YEARS OLD and upward, all that are able to go forth to war….” (Numbers 1:1-3)

    “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel…” (1 Timothy 2:9)

    And she intends to be example to America’s women!?! Certainly not a godly example.

    • oldgoatee

      Can’t win Miss America in Mennonite garb…

      • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

        So, if it to win Miss America, it required sleeping with all of the judges, that would make it okay!?! That’s where consistency takes your argument.

        You may want to think twice about attempting to trump Yahweh, God of the Bible, with a Miss America win or for any reason.

        • oldgoatee

          We have a military lady who espouses many conservative values. Better than the usual run of twits spouting off about “world peace”…this is the closest thing to a real Gracie Lou Freebush I’ve seen! Perhaps the whole pageant may be anti-Christian if you’re from the no drinking, smoking, cardplaying or dancing school…but My God doesn’t think he’s Frank Sinatra…

          • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

            So, as long as the candidate is better than the usual run of twits… it would be okay for her to sexually satisfy all the judges!?!

            I’ve made it clear which God I serve: the the God of the Bible as defined in His Word and, no He’s not Frank Sinatra, whatever that means.

            What god do you serve? I’ve got a feeling it might be yourself being you seem to be making the rules here.

          • oldgoatee

            I never said it would be OK for any contestant to sleep with any judges!
            I serve the only God there is and believe Jesus was His Son. I do pay attention to Paul in Galatians where he says that we not only needn’t but shouldn’t add anything to what is there. I think any minister who tells people not to watch movies or how to dress is adding that which needs not be added. I can make many decisions for myself and accept the consequences. When I say that God is not Frank Sinatra, I mean He is secure enough that he doesn’t need his butt kissed hypocritically 24/7…

          • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

            Sorry, but if you follow your logic to it’s conclusion, this IS what you’re saying.

          • oldgoatee

            Nope, no, no!!!
            If her “talent were twerking a la Miley Cyrus I would be very disappointed. It’s just that there is a swimsuit and evening gown competition, I personally think that in this pageant they are relatively tasteful. I also think people use the Old Testament especially to excuse hyperreaactionary behavior. Sure, God told Moses he needed males to fight, but the weapons of the time were swords and spears, Samuel Colt I daresay in that quote you probably consider blasphemous did equalize not only men but women. She serves in a medical role freeing males to be in the Airborne Infantry where they belong, and no I don’t think women belong there but they do have a role in the m odern military. I don’t know if Joshua’s army had a Quartermaster Corps, a Transportation Corps, or a Medical Corps, just infantry! The rest of the population informally filled those roles. I also believe she has a right to further her education while you probably believe she should wait to see which big landowner’s son her father can arrange a marriage with…the Bible is not necessarily a living, breathing document but it’s the history of a specific tribe of desert-dwellers in the era before and immediately after Christ. Certasin things have evolved, maybe not necessarily for the better but changes need to be accepted.

          • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

            Yup, I knew it, you are your own god making your own laws instead of recognizing Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments (Psalm 19:7-11).

          • oldgoatee

            Obviously I’ll never win this one. Just as obviously I’ll never quit fighting the pompous Pharisees of the world like you, either.

          • T. Edward Price

            It’s interesting that you would call Mr. Weiland a pharisee. Especially since Mr. Weiland advocates the ever abiding validity of Yahweh’s perfect, immutable law, the very same law that Christ condemned the Pharisees for NOT upholding. The pharisees were scolded for VIOLATING the law, preferring to follow instead, the UNLAWFUL traditions of man. In the future, It would be really helpful, for your credibility, to understand the definitions of the terms you use. It would make you less likely of making a fool of yourself, whenever you have the urge to make such ignorant, FALSE accusations.

          • oldgoatee

            Show me in the Bible where alcohol, tobacco, dancing, playing cards, TV and movies were forbidden and I’ll shut up. I’m not defending homosexuality or extramarital sex here

          • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

            The Bible doesn’t condemn any of those things. The Apostle John declared the following: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) The law, such as Numbers 14:1-3, you have chosen on your own volition to abrogate, the same law you accuse me of being a Pharisee for upholding.

          • oldgoatee

            I read those verses and can’t find a single thing in there about women in the service, tattoos, or the Miss America pageant…

          • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

            “And YHWH spake unto Moses … Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every MALE [not women] by their polls; from twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war….” (Numbers 1:1-3)

            “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel…” (1 Timothy 2:9)

          • David Hodges

            “Ye shall not…print any marks upon you…”–Leviticus 19:28. Any given person you meet at the Miss America pageant is likely to be either a beautiful female or someone who wishes he were. They have the Missed America pageant the night after the Miss America pageant. It’s a bunch of drag queens. My brother said if he never goes back to Atlantic City, it’ll be too soon. I’ll take a virtuous wall flower over a worldly whore any day, no matter how much a bunch of fags and fag hags ooh and ahh over her.

          • oldgoatee

            Well…all righty then! She lost anyway…

          • David Hodges

            My sisters and their daughters have made great achievements in the eyes of the world. One was a non-finalist talent winner at the Miss America pageant. Others were beauty queens too. One broke the state high jumping record, three were homecoming queens. One was valedictorian. There were other awards too numerous to mention. But the only thing that really matters is how much they esteem Biblical instructions. I hope Theresa Vail will sand off her tattoo and devote her life to His glorification.

          • oldgoatee

            I do too, but I also hope she continues her medical and military career. And I wouldn’t voluntarily enter a state which considers Chris “Tubbo” Christie an extreme conservative. I did have to in 1976 for basic training and in 1978 returning from Italy, but haven’t since…

          • T. Edward Price

            Show me in the Bible where either I, or Mr. Weiland EVER suggested such things were forbidden. It might be wise to go ahead and refrain from speaking, until you actually KNOW your subject.

          • a marine .

            WOW YOU SOUND JUST LIKE THE POPE THAT DELCARED MARY A PROSTITUTE WITH NO EVIDENCE OF HER BEING ONE, HE DID ITJUST BECAUSE HE THOUGHT SHE WAS TO POULAR , YOUR VERSION OF RELIGION IS VERY VERY CLOSE TO ISLAM, i GUESS YOU WOULD WANT ALL WOMEN TO WEAR LONG DRESS AND USE A HEAD DRESS AND ALL THAT CRAP. YOUR AS WARPED AS THE MUSLIMES. AND TO THINK I AM DIEING TODAY FROM CANCER FROM AGENT ORANAGE TO DEFEND PEOPLE LIKE YOU,, IT MAKES ME SICK

          • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

            Hmmm! I think I’ve just been judged by someone who doesn’t know me any better than I know Theresa Vail, which would then make you guilty of Matthew 7:1-5.

            I’m sorry that you’re suffering from cancer, but did you know that you have cancer because you were fighting for an imperialistic government, at the behest of the one-world international bankers, who had and has no compunction against unbiblical warfare, including the indiscriminate Agent Orange defoliation policy in Vietnam?

          • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

            By the way, I don’t have to personally know Miss Vail to know she (and our government) is in violation of Numbers 1:1-3 and that she immorally parades herself around in her underwear, justifying her salaciousness BECAUSE HOW ELSE could she win the Miss America contest without doing so! She has testified against herself regarding both charges. She (and everyone who justifies her actions) has placed competing and winning a beauty contest above pleasing God.

            Furthermore, my comment about sexually satisfying the judges was merely used to try to help oldgoitee see where consistency in his argument leads him. It had nothing to do with Miss Vail herself.

  • Tiny1pj

    She is an EXCELLANT example for today’s young women, more so than most of the women who have won this beauty contest!

    1) Service to country. This woman is a VETERAN – it is that simple. She served, apparently as a Dental Tech. Thank you for your service Sister. I do not agree with women on the combat field, but that is not my choice. At least she has done what over 99% of Americans have NOT done! At the very least she has “signed her name” and put her life on the line for our nation.
    2) Tattoo – SO WHAT!?!?!? Many Veterans tattoo themselves with something about their unit. The only reason I have not is due to health concerns that the artists have, and will not tattoo me. There is nothing obscene with her tattoos, and the both say something positive. I may not have tattoos, but what I do have is over 150 different scars, including an amputation, that all tell a story if someone ever wants to “read them”.
    And even more simple, if you do not like them, you do not have to look at them!

    3) She appears to believe in God – and anyone who KNOWS the Serenity Prayer know this. And in spite of the attacks on ALL Christians by the moron in the White House, over half of this nation claim to be “Christian” in their spiritual belief. And true Christians will show who they are in “that they love each other”, and show love to all mankind.

    Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    (Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above,
    the entire prayer reads as follows…)

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.
    Amen.
    ================
    You can have your own thoughts about beauty pageants or “scholarship contests”, I rarely pay any attention to them. But because a Veteran is in this one and the last one, those are who I am supporting (next to my home state).

    I have not heard what she plans to do in College and after, but expect she is working toward a commission, probably in Dentistry (her father is a dentist).

    • oldgoatee

      Thank you…I’m in a battle royal with the fundies who probably deep down think Warren Jeffs had the right idea…

      • Tiny1pj

        Most people consider me a fundamentalist (I believe the Bible, not in man’s teaching and creeds that contradict the teaching) and conservative. Unfortunately there are a those of Jeff’s ilk who want to put women only “barefoot and pregnant” under their thumb at all times. My wife works very hard, and now is my primary care-giver when she is home. Not what we wanted, but because we love and RESPECT each other, it has worked.
        It is the “extremist fundamentalists” of all religious groups that cause the problems we have. The muslim terrorists are mostly young, illiterate, and sitting at the feet of a mullah with the same attitude as Jeffs and the Baptist group that protests at our warrior’s funerals. They are swayed by someone who, like Hitler and the idiot in the White House, who speak well and have people who follow them but have no idea what the facts are – the low information voter.
        Unfortunately it is these kinds (fundamentalist extremist) “Christians” that are causing the “middle of the road” voter to see all of us like the them.
        Good luck in your “battle” with the Jeffs clones.
        God bless

        • oldgoatee

          My wife is serverely disabled and I am her primary caregiver. Thank you and her and all of the clear-tinking people out there!

          • Tiny1pj

            Thank you for being an example to the younger men around you.
            I wish this young soldier had gone further last night, but was not surprised. I told my wife after the introduction of the women, that it would be either California or New York.
            May you and your wife enjoy what time she has remaining here on earth. God bless

  • joshuasweet

    A true example of a Lovely American Woman she should be the example of what Miss America stands for.

  • Rocketman

    I hope you win Teresa, but I worry that the liberal judges won’t.

  • ufosrreal

    Sgt. Theresa Vail (Miss Kansas), best of luck in the Miss America competition, much love and admiration!

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    In addition to my original posts and followup comments, the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in Christ:

    “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)

    As Jim Elliot once wrote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose!”