if I recall correctly, (1) they were holding hands in a circle, and (2) the close of the prayer was a simple "Amen." Neither of those things are Mormon.
The beginning with "Heavenly Father" and multiple references in addition to the prayer (where god, like "I hope god does xyz" would otherwise be used). I know "Heavenly Father" is not uniquely mormon, but as a standard rather than an alternate name, that is uniquely Mormon. The ending of the prayers "in the name of jesus christ..." isn't uniquely mormon either, but it is standard. So combined with the emphasis on "we don't drink, do drugs or smoke" plus the liberal use of heavenly father AND the ending of the prayer and the fact there is an unusually high prevalence of anti-depressants in the LDS community (Even though they are not Utah Mormons, Utah usually ranks number one for states with highest anti-depressant use) it seemed Mormon to me. Not that there is anything wrong with being Mormon, or that all are crazy or even most are crazy, or even some. It was just something I was pointing out. Just like you often see people comment that the youngest Jonas brother looks Jewish. There's nothing wrong with looking that way, and he isn't, it's just sort of a reaction when assessing people.
That said, I do now believe it was evangelical or something of the sort, rather than mormon, based on other people's input.
It's not like some church official "grants" an official exemption. It's individual choice.
I don't think it's a choice or exemption so much as an issue with the garments and clothing that will show the garments (think undershirt and knee length boxers). That would certainly make (non-duggar) swimwear or evening wear a little difficult.
foucault makes an excellent point (or hints at it anyhow). Is there some possibility that Chloe is not in fact six? She sure didn't look like a six year old. I'm put in mind of those child athletes who are held back by their parents so they can compete with smaller kids. Is Chloe the Danny Almonte of pageants? (Danny Almonte's Little League coach falsified the kid's birth certificate so that he would be playing against kids younger and therefore smaller than him and this fact was turned up by a private investigator of all things, making me think that the world of Little League is more cutthroat than I would have ever guessed.)
That was my EXACT thought watching her. However, she seemed mature even for a 9 year old, so I'm not sure how the mom gets away with that. I guess big poppa just turns a blind eye when judging as long as there's liberal booty shaking!
Going back to the esp. with Sabrina. I would really like to see her get her own show. Since most of the contestants are well seasoned and experienced, It would be interesting to see how her daughter progresses in each contest.
I agree! I would LOOOOOOOOVE for her to get her own show. Possibly something like a pageant/showbiz/elite sports parent boot camp where she teaches them to unclench and "luxuriate" through the process and just enjoy watching her kids perform or do something they like.
Edited by esearcher, Jun 30, 2010 @ 9:13 PM.