Obama responds: Rick Warren at inauguration


News broke yesterday that anti-gay, conservative Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren would deliver the invocation at Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Yesterday, I wrote:

The question now is “Yes, we can do what?” If the answer is “peddle more religion-based prejudice, fear and discrimination,” then maybe Obama really isn’t that “agent of change” he always said he was.

It didn’t take long for the legacy media to pick up the story. CNN ran a small article with response from an Obama spokesperson:

Linda Douglass, a spokeswoman for Obama, defended the choice of Warren, saying, “This is going to be the most inclusive, open, accessible inauguration in American history.”

“The president-elect certainly disagrees with him on [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] issues. But it has always been his goal to find common ground with people with whom you may disagree on some issues.”

Douglass also noted Obama and Warren agree on several issues including advocating on behalf of the poor and the disadvantaged, and people who suffer from HIV/AIDS.

Pam Spaulding posted the Obama camp’s talking points on the issue:

* This will be the most open, accessible, and inclusive Inauguration in American history.

* In keeping with the spirit of unity and common purpose this Inauguration will reflect, the President-elect and Vice President-elect have chosen some of the world’s most gifted artists and people with broad appeal to participate in the inaugural ceremonies.

* Pastor Rick Warren has a long history of activism on behalf of the disadvantaged and the downtrodden. He’s devoted his life to performing good works for the poor and leads the evangelical movement in addressing the global HIV/AIDS crisis. In fact, the President-elect recently addressed Rick Warren’s Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health to salute Warren’s leadership in the struggle against HIV/AIDS and pledge his support to the effort in the years ahead.

* The President-elect disagrees with Pastor Warren on issues that affect the LGBT community. They disagree on other issues as well. But what’s important is that they agree on many issues vital to the pursuit of social justice, including poverty relief and moving toward a sustainable planet; and they share a commitment to renewing America’s promise by expanding opportunity at home and restoring our moral leadership abroad.

* As he’s said again and again, the President-elect is committed to bringing together all sides of the faith discussion in search of common ground. That’s the only way we’ll be able to unite this country with the resolve and common purpose necessary to solve the challenges we face.

* The Inauguration will also involve Reverend Joseph Lowery, who will be delivering the official benediction at the Inauguration. Reverend Lowery is a giant of the civil rights movement who boasts a proudly progressive record on LGBT issues. He has been a leader in the struggle for civil rights for all Americans, gay or straight.

* And for the very first time, there will be a group representing the interests of LGBT Americans participating in the Inaugural Parade.

There needs to be a correction to their talking points: The inauguration will in no way be “the most open, accessible, and inclusive Inauguration in American history” if it includes one of the most anti-gay activists in the nation. The inclusion of a person who stands in the way of America’s progress on its great ideals of equality and justice for all in and of itself spells “exclusion.”

On another talking point: “And for the very first time, there will be a group representing the interests of LGBT Americans participating in the Inaugural Parade.” I’m sorry if I don’t sound “grateful.” A marching band? Really? A marching band is supposed to make us feel better after an advocate for LGBT second-class citizenship is simultaneously elevated to “Preacher to the President” status?

You’ve got to be kidding me.

This is nothing more than a repeat of the South Carolina Donnie McClurkin incident. Where are the LGBT advisors in the Obama camp? Have they spoken out? Did they offer any warnings about how this would go down? We know they failed to “vet” McClurkin. What happened this time?

Maybe this is just another nail in the coffin, bringing back my concerns from pre-primary days:

If Obama wins the presidency the LGBT community is in for four (and possibly eight) years of being subjected to a dangerously employed “big tent” strategy that places an oppressed group of citizens at the same table as their oppressors. Obama’s presidency would see James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Donnie McClurkin and other anti-gay leaders sitting down with LGBT community leaders telling them how much they are evil and going to hell while Obama sits back and says, “We should work together and hope for change.”

The LGBT community doesn’t need a president who would place their very real needs for social and civil equality at the same level as those who seek to do nothing but strip them of every civil and social right. LGBT community members, under “President Obama,” would be subjected to daily reminders of their second-class citizenship, officially endorsed by the White House.


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3 Responses to “Obama responds: Rick Warren at inauguration”
  1. Star Womanspirit says:

    Obama’s “inclusiveness” excuse is NOT cutting it. So where are the representatives to the KKK.

    Obama sold us out while running for office on FISA/teleocom immunity AND not fighting that awful wallstreet bailout….

    Now he is selling us out with “centrist–same old crap” appointments to RUN our agencies with the same old flavors.

    What a huge betrayal….I’ve been trying not to react and give him a chance when he got into office but Rick Warren is a hate monger and there is NO EXCUSE for this one.

  2. Martha says:

    lgbt…you are sick people, including my daughter. She alluded to that lifestyle but she is out of this family if she carries forward. She can make a choice, her family, doing what is right or engaging in abnormalities. Guess what…we could care less what you have to say about my freedom of belief. You believe it is okay to lay with the same sex and I cannot visualize anything normal about such.

  3. Casey says:

    Martha… as somebody who once spent a year sleeping in my car and on my best friend’s floor because I came home one day to find the locks changed on my home’s front door, I implore you, don’t make your daughter choose between her family and her sexual orientation. Too many children of good Christian homes have found themselves confronted by that choice, and the results are almost always tragic. Suicides, runaways on the cruel streets of cities with no place for a kid abandoned by their family… or just the painful silence of a child trying to obey, but in reality just closing their mouths and hearts, trying to kill the feelings that they never chose to feel. If you do this, if you even speak the threat to her, your relationship will never be the same. Trust me – I know.

    Today you are the one with a choice, Martha – love your child, try to understand what she’s feeling, listen to her and believe her when she says that there is nothing abnormal or disgusting about her feelings… or throw her away. I beg you, take back your words about her being “out of this family” – our God never wanted that, and your daughter deserves better. Please, take care. Words like that can kill.

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