Thursday, December 18, 2008

Obama Explains, It Doesn't Help

At a press conference today, President-elect Obama attempted to defend the indefensible, his selection of "Pastor" Rick Warren, him of Brokeback Mountain Church, to give the invocation at the Presidential inauguration next month.
[I]t’s important for America to come together, even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues.


[W]hat we have to do is be able to create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.

The last part is so warm and fuzzy, it makes me want to hold hands with everyone and sing "We Are The World".

This isn't about including the whole world in a new, improved, happy-face America. Rick Warren is a dangerous individual precisely because his "religious views" are the basis for a reactionary and discriminatory social policy. Part of Barack Obama's pledge to set a new tone and new politics should have included sidelining people like Warren from our public life. I have no problem with Warren preaching whatever hateful crap, and insisting it isn't hateful at that. I do have a problem with said hateful crap getting an official imprimatur from the incoming President of the United States.

It's probably too late to stop it. I see no reason in the world, however, why we shouldn't continue to make our displeasure known.

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