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May. 17 2010 - 12:11 am | 3,921 views | 0 recommendations | 6 comments

Rima Fakih, First Muslim Miss USA

Hey, America, you’re changing!

For proof, look no further than the winner of tonight’s Miss USA contest, Rima Fakih. For the first time in our country’s history, an Arab-American has taken the tiara. Fakih was born in 1986 in New York to Lebanese American immigrant parents, and grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, one of the nation’s largest Lebanese enclaves. Her family is said to practice both the Christian and Muslim faiths, another first for a Miss USA winner. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Fakih majored in Economics with a minor in Business.

Fakih sold her Ford to compete in the Miss Michigan beauty pageant, and after winning on Sunday said wanted to go out for pizza. How American can you get?

Fakih beat out Miss Oklahoma, Eizabeth Woolard, who, in a telling exchange, signaled her approval of Arizona’s controversial new immigrant law in the Q&A portion of the event.

Fakih, meanwhile, fielded a question on whether birth control should be covered by health insurance:

“I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance,” Fakih said. Huh? Hey, I guess it’s not as bad as Ms. South Carolina in the Ms. Teen USA pageant.

Anyway, Fakih won and is your Miss USA.


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    Rima’s win made for some utterly delightful comments at Free Republic. And the bumptiously demented wingnut blogger Debbie Schlussel had this to say:

    As I told you, Miss Michigan USA Rima Fakih’s relatives are top officials in terrorist group Hezbollah, and many have been Hezbollah and Harakat Amal [Shi'ite Amal terrorist group, allied with/part of Hezbollah] “martyrs” against Israel. (And as I also told you, don’t worry about bikinis and almost no clothes worrying Hezbollah. The Islamic terrorist group has touted Fakih all over the place, including on Al-Manar because it believes she will further the Hezbollah cause. The Islamic concept of deceiving infidels–taqiyyah–is employed here, just as Mohammed Atta employed it when he patronized strippers and prostitues, drank alcohol in bars, and gambled in Vegas–most of that against Islamic law.)

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    Christianity says Jesus is the very incarnation of the God that created the world…. Christianity stands or falls on who Jesus is.
    Muslims say that is blasphemy. Allah is supreme and indivisible. Jesus was a prophet.
    You can’t be both Muslim and Christian.

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