A Spit In The Eye
by Todd Beeton, Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 12:40:12 PM EST
This must be a record, winning Time's Person of the Year and Atrios's Wanker of the Day on the same day.
Lookie here who's giving the invocation at the inauguration:
President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday.
Warren, the prominent evangelical and founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, will deliver the ceremony's invocation. The minister hosted a presidential forum at his church last summer that challenged both Obama and Arizona Sen. John McCain on a host of faith-related issues. Warren did not endorse either presidential candidate.
But there was the matter of a little initiative that he did endorse heartily:
His public support for California's Proposition 8 -- the measure that successfully passed and called for outlawing gay marriage in the state -- sparked the ire of many gay rights proponents, who seized on a comment in an October newsletter to his congregation: "This is not a political issue -- it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about."
Memo to President-elect Obama and the whole transition team: when choosing the person to give the invocation at the inauguration, there should have been a Proposition 8 litmus test -- only opponents need apply. I agree with BarbinMD:
What a spit in the eye to the GBLT community in particular, and to anyone who supports equality, dignity and justice under the law.
Not to mention the progressive movement as a whole. The thing is, there's no shortage of progressive Christian pastors, ministers and priests who opposed Proposition 8 and are no less Christian than Rick Warren. Sure Warren may be better known, may have sold a whole lot of books and brings with him the added bonus of sending a dog whistle signal to Christian conservatives that he's their president too, but what about sending a signal to the LGBT community and broader progressive community who, ya know, actually supported him and worked our ass off for him? Reinforcing the false notion that the only real Christians are conservative Christians is NOT change I can believe in at all.
Teddy Partridge has Warren's video endorsement of the Hate amendment that makes it unequivocally clear why he is unfit to appear in any official capacity at the inaugural ceremony. Watch it if you can.
Update [2008-12-17 17:49:40 by Todd Beeton]:If you'd like to register your displeasure with the pick, calling Dianne Feinstein's office might be a good place to start. As the Chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Feinstein announced the line-up -- including Warren -- today, calling it "superb."
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