A Blog About the Miss Toronto Tourism Pageant. Yes, You’re Reading the Title Correctly.

I’ve never been to Toronto Canada.  It’s on the “to do” list.  Everyone I know that has gone there has had nothing but nice things to say.  They tell me how clean it is, how nice the malls are, and that the dining is excellent.  My friend Greg, from What Greg Eats, tells me when speaking of Toronto to you guys I should be sure to mention the Valhalla Inn.  He says, “It’s one way to visit Valhalla without the whole dying a glorious death in battle thing.”  Anyway, Toronto has always seemed cool to me.
 
Recently I came across a frustrating story in the Toronto Star about Stephanie Conover and the Miss Toronto Tourism Pageant.  Conover, last year’s winner of the Miss Canada Plus Pageant, was invited to be a judge at the upcoming Miss Toronto Tourism Pageant being held today, February 2.  She agreed, and submitted a biography for the event.  According to Conover she said she was an entertainer, singer, and dancer.  That she was involved in charitable works.  She also listed her hobbies of songwriting, knitting, painting, yoga, reiki, and tarot.
 
After receiving her bio, Karen Murray, the pageant’s director, revoked their offer.  The Toronto Star quoted Murray as saying, “We just got her bio a week ago and we don’t agree with it.  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."
 
In a letter to Conover from Murray and another official of the pageant they stated, “We need a judge who has an upright reputation and we would be proud to introduce to the audience.”  The letter also offered some quotes from the Bible and said, “We hope that Stephanie Conover will turn from these belief systems and will repent from her practice of them.”
 
Seriously?  I mean, seriously?  As Murray points out in the article, the pageant does not receive government funding and has the right to decide who acts as a judge in their pageant.  Which if that’s the case, she is correct.  But come on, seriously?
 
Murray says that Conover must be a “very vindictive person” to go to the press with this.  I’m guessing she’s a very insulted person, I know I would be.  In fact, I am a very insulted person.  The idea that Stephanie Conover isn’t qualified to be a beauty pageant judge because she does reiki and tarot readings seems a little silly to me.  Perhaps, only those like Murray who “adhere to God’s principles” can tell if a woman looks hot in a swimsuit.  I seem to recall the moving story of Moses, who parted the Red Sea to create the catwalk for the first ever Miss Egyptian Jew Pageant.