Miss America Has a Faith-based Platform for Kids of Prisoners

At Religion News Service, G. Jeffrey MacDonald writes about the religious and political advocacy of Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler. While the 24-year-old Wisconsinite tours the country as America’s reigning beauty queen, Kaeppeler is also lobbying for the “Mentoring Children of Prisoners” program, a faith-based initiative that had received some $49 million in public funds over the last eight years, until Congress cut its funding last September. “I believe my life was pre-written and predestined by a higher power before I was born,” says Kaeppeler, who was raised a Roman Catholic, but later joined a non-denominational Christian church with her father who served time for a white collar crime. “What happened in my past is part of that, and (being) Miss America is part of that.” 

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