Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Velez, was suspended from the Miss America Organization for a series of “Anti-Islam” messages posted on her Twitter account. The beauty queen took to Twitter to clarify that the Islamic god is “not the same” as the God of the Christians and Jews. She also noted that Muslims have an agenda to “terrorize” the United States. The tweets resulted in the suspension of Velez from the Miss America Organization “indefinitely.”
— Blue DuPage (@BlueDuPage) December 21, 2015
The Daily Mail reports that Miss Puerto Rico was suspended “indefinitely” for failing to represent the integrity and esteem of the Miss America Organization. The suspension came after Velez openly tweeted about Muslims terrorizing the United States. The beauty queen noted that Muslims have “terrorizing agendas” in their sacred books and that you cannot compare Christians or Jews to Muslims as they not the same. She says that all Muslims have done is “provide oil and terrorize this country.”
The rant was in response to controversial filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday. Miss Puerto Rico’s words were directed at a photo posted by Moore which showed himself outside of Trump Tower in New York City with a sign reading: “We are all Muslim.” Miss Puerto Rico tweeted Moore and pointed out that the “Islamic God is not the same God of the Christians and the Jews.” She went on to say that Muslims in America use our constitution to “terrorize us” and “plant gas stations.”
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) December 20, 2015
“All what Muslims have done is provided oil & terrorize this country & many others.”
Velez made the controversial tweets from her official Miss Puerto Rico account and the organization felt her words did not accurately reflect the pageant as a whole. In response to the tweets, the Miss America Organization suspended Velez and noted that her beliefs are not the beliefs of the Miss America Organization or its members. The organization responded on their official Facebook page saying, “Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the organization.”
“In regards to Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Velez’s, recent actions and conduct; the Miss Puerto Rico Organization feels that her words do not represent the integrity and esteem of our program, nor that of our board members, our sponsors and partners, or the National Organization. Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the organization, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely. The Miss Puerto Rico Organization will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organization.”
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 20, 2015
Following her suspension, the former Miss Puerto Rico made one last statement regarding her tweets noting that she had no intention of offending anyone and that “the last thing” she wanted to do was bully anyone.
“I apologize to the people I have offended with my words. I am first and foremost an #UpStander and as such I stand up against bullying. The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words.”
What do you think of the Miss America Organization’s decision to suspend Miss Puerto Rico for her tweets? Do you think Miss Puerto Rico overstepped boundaries by discussing religion using her title of Miss Puerto Rico?
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