Friday, December 19, 2008
It's Obama's Choice But It's A Weird One
Barack Obama has made a rather strange choice in the man he chose to deliver the invocation at his upcoming inauguration. He chose Rick Warren -- the pastor of a large right-wing church in California. The choice has caused a firestorm of criticism from Obama's more progressive supporters.
It's easy to understand why homosexuals are upset. Warren and his followers were in the forefront in pushing for the adoption of prop 8 in California in the November election. That was the ballot initiative that denied gays and lesbians the right to marry like all other American citizens. That tells us that Warren only believes in equality for those who agree with him.
The men and women who believe in choice also have a right to be disappointed. Warren is a strong opponent of women having the right to control their own bodies. That's a right that Warren would reserve for men.
And even though he pretends to preach the gospel of the "Prince of Peace", Warren is in actuality a rabid neocon who sees nothing wrong with destroying a nation that disagrees with United States policy as defined by conservatives. After all, any nation that disagrees with right-wing beliefs must by definition be "evil".
Evidently, Obama thinks he can reach out to Warren and his followers and they will respond. I disagree. This guy is a super right-wing nut who despises everything Obama and his supporters believe in. He will jump at the first opportunity to plant a knife firmly in Obama's back.
But this is Obama's inauguration, and he has the right to choose whoever he wants to give the invocation. So, even though I personally have no respect for Warren, this is the last statement I will make about him being chosen for this honor.
This inauguration is a landmark I'm eagerly awaiting, and Warren is not going to ruin it for me -- or Obama.