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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Beauty Queen Not Fit To Be Judge: Pageant

She might be a witch, but Stephanie Conover says that's no reason for officials at an upcoming Toronto beauty pageant to reject her as a potential judge.

Conover, who was crowned winner of the Miss Canada Plus Pageant last year, said she was recently invited to be a judge at the Miss Toronto Tourism pageant on Feb. 2.

"Then, last week, on Monday, they asked me for a biography. I told them everything I do, how I'm an entertainer and a singer and a dancer. I talked about my charity work and I said I also have hobbies, including songwriting, knitting, painting, yoga, reiki and tarot cards."

That's where things got sticky.

"We just got her bio a week ago and we don't agree with it," said Karen Murray, Miss Toronto Tourism pageant director. "We want someone down to earth, not someone into the dark side or the occult."

"Our board of directors has eliminated her as a judge as tarot card reading and reiki are the occult and is not acceptable by God, Jews, Muslims or Christians. Tarot card reading is witchcraft and is used by witches, spiritists and mediums to consult the dark world."

The letter went on to quote a couple of passages from the Bible, including one from the book of Leviticus that warns, "Do not turn to mediums or seek out spirits for you will be defiled by them."

"We hope that Stephanie Conover will turn from these belief systems and will repent from her practice of them," the letter reads.

Conover said she practises Wicca, which to some means she's a witch. But she said the Miss Toronto Tourism people didn't know that and that they based their rejection of her on tarot cards and reiki. Full Story

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this completely outrageous. This is an example of how people are being judged by prejudices. She has been judged because her beliefs are not alligned with major religions. Not only that but as this happened in America, the constitution states freedom of personal belief. She has not judged the people she would be judging with because they may be Christian or Muslim so why should she be judged.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Toronto is in Canada, not America. Religious discrimination goes against our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

10:46 PM  

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