Thursday, January 01, 2009
A measured, hopeful take on the Rev. Rick Warren and the Obama inauguration
(Author of "Why the Christian Right is Wrong.")
"United we stand, devided we fall,"
is as true today as two centuries ago.
I happen to believe, however, that while Obama demonstrated courage - perhaps - he also demonstrated a tin ear to the reality that there are other Christian voices in America. There are other religious voices in America. By choosing Rick Warren, Obama is giving an imprimatur to the most narrow, bigoted (there really is no other word) type of fundamentalist Christianity. While not enough attention has been paid to Ralph Abernathy and his role, I think that is precisely because the juxtaposition of Warren and Abernathy make the former choice look not just bad, but horrible.
I will indeed pray for Rick Warren. I will pray that he understand why liberals, both sacred and secular, are outraged at his place on the podium at the Capitol. Was Warren's hatred and ignorance directed at African-Americans, there is no question but he would be shunned. That we as a people can see the kind of hatred he spews towards our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters as matters of difference of opinion, with which we can live and discuss in a civil manner, shows how far we have to go.
We'll just have to agree to disagree on this point, good buddy.
(For reference purposes, I see James Dobson as to the right of the center of the bell, but not in the right tail, and Jim Whatshis (Sojourners) as to the left of the center of the bell, but not in the left tail.
I'd rather not have a hate-monger speaking at a public function, but it's his country too. Let him have his say, the homophobes are losing ground daily in the battlegrounds that matter, in that every day people hear the message he gives, and every day more people see it for what it is. The more he talks, the more he will hurt his cause...and it goes over the top to have them say 'oh look at that, the liberals have objections. See how we've been silenced!!!" it just brings the bs into sharp relief.
I never forget, that it was listening to conservatives for years and years that turned me liberal. :-)
That would really piss off the right wing. Getting a rabbit and an Imam to pray together. Hoo-boy and boy-howdy.