Sunday, December 21, 2008

Obama's John Hagee

It's hard to see who's more perplexed: Progressives and liberals or Barack Obama tapping Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation. And the President-Elect's befuddlement at our outrage only compounds our own befuddlement.

Obama keeps falling back on his "diversity" argument, saying on CBS last week, "That dialogue is part of what my campaign has been about."

The "dialogue" on which Obama insists is an intolerance of gay marriage and gay rights in general that is so rooted in cowardice that Warren himself falls back on the risible response, "I have many gay friends. I've eaten dinner in gay homes. No church has probably done more for people with AIDS than Saddleback Church." Yes, Warren tied gays with AIDS within the same breath. You know, because gays and AIDS are still synonymous.

(As a personal aside: During research on HIV and AIDS while writing American Zen, I discovered from several sources that since 2002, 19.9% of people who contract HIV are heterosexuals, which is the fastest-growing demographic.)

There isn't a single major issue on which Warren and widely acknowledged whack job James Dobson differ. He once told a Jewish woman that she was going to Hell just because she was Jewish. And, of course, his support of California's Proposition H8 is all too well-known.

But the shoehorning of Warren into the inauguration, sort of like dropping a gift-wrapped turd into a crystal punchbowl, is part and parcel to an incoming administration that has given zero Cabinet appointments to gay people. This insistence on admitting intolerance as a legitimate opposing viewpoint and keeping qualified gays and lesbians out of the Obama Cabinet makes a mockery of the Change We Deserve and Diversity platform on which Obama ran.


At December 21, 2008 at 6:32 PM, Blogger Marc McDonald said...

George W. Bush spent eight years refusing to budge one inch from his extreme hard-right positions. Although Bush lost the 2000 election by over 500,000 votes, he took the attitude from the start that he had a strong mandate. He, and Dick Cheney, treated the Dems in Congress with complete and utter contempt.

Now, Obama has come along and is compromising with the Right on one issue after another. He's probably compromised more in a few weeks than Bush did in eight years--and he hasn't even been sworn in yet.

I'm going to be real disappointed if Obama starts backing off his positions (like withdrawing from Iraq) to an effort to appease the Right-Wing. Obama needs to remember the people who elected him, instead of sucking up to the right.

After eight years of Bush, I'm not in the mood to compromise one f*cking bit.

At December 21, 2008 at 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark my words, Obama is not the change we all hoped for. If he was he wouldn't live very long as there is too much moeny and power riding on the statusquo being maintained.

At December 22, 2008 at 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama, Clinton (both) and the rest of the Democratic Leadership are all right-of-center Republicans. The Democratic Party has been tightly controlled by such GOP operatives since Reagan's time.

I am not surprised that Obama is staying far to the right of the center line, his cabinet choices bear that out. I am not surprised that he asked Rick Warren to invoke his anti-Christian god at the swearing in ceremony, to send the clear message to progressives, liberals and Teh Gay, that they are NOT welcome in Obama's view of the world.

I did not vote for Obama, I voted for a Real Democrat.

At December 23, 2008 at 9:26 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Yeah, huh? I was wondering that, myself. Aside from one being much neater and better-smelling than mine, I have no idea what's supposed to characterize a "gay home."


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