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

posted on June 11, 2012

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.” 

Read at Religion News Service