Monday, December 22, 2008

Why Rick Warren is an insulting choice of speaker at Obama's inauguration.

Great article from this morning's Los Angeles Times that pretty much nails why Obama's decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren speak at his inauguration is so damned wrong-headed. (And, no, it's not just because of his very public homophobia.)

Edit to add: No, we don't do that here. Indeed.

8 comments:

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

yeah, that's too bad. I wonder if Obama will make any last-minute changes to the pick.

KD said...

I hope he changes it, but I don't think he will, now that he defended his choice.

I like what Emma Bull had to say about it: ...I think the only possible response to fundamentalist extremists is, "No. We don't do that here." And to hold that line. Because that's nothing but basic decency.

No. We don't do that here.

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AC said...

I get the point, but I was irked by the author's deck: "Preacher Rick Warren's views are simply too extreme for Obama's supporters."

Obama's appeal stretches much further than what the author considers the main democratic base. He's an amazing man--she shouldn't limit him like that.

Besides, I don't think his inauguration should be viewed as a "reward" for his supporters. It's a time to continue his main theme of unifying a divided country, and like it or not, Warren's views are representative of a sizeable section of the country (I should know; I live in the Bible belt). Obama is demonstrating his inclusiveness, which is commendable.

In the end, the inauguration is just a ceremony. Obama is going to be a good president; even so, none of his decisions will please everyone. I'm just glad he's the one who will be making the decisions that truly matter for our country come January.

Thanks for posting a thought-provoking link!

pseudosu said...

I bridled at this choice as well, but since I don't think Obama is either evil or a total dumb-ass, I've been trying like mad to rationalize it. Here's the best I could do so far:

A while back I heard Warren in an extensive NPR interview where he admitted to having a major change of heart about AIDS, and not only that, but about how he views the work his church has been doing. The upshot was, (to paraphrase) "When I look around at what other people are doing in the world- actively trying to help the poor & people with AIDS- WITHOUT JUDGEMENT, and trying to protect the environment, and then I look at what my church is doing-- mainly deciding what is and is not "christian" behavior-- it made me realize we've been missing the point."

I can only hope Obama sees this guy as someone who is open minded enough to change some of his views, and influential and credible enough with that right wing base, to maybe change some of their minds too.

Hey-- is that a unicorn over there?
Tra-la-la-la-la...

Jeff said...

Digby has a great post up about Warren and how deceptive even his most admirable work is. One has to wonder if his change of heart about AIDS wasn't more about opening up a new market for converts and setting the groundwork for establishing Christian theocracies in Africa, than in helping people with AIDS.

Mr. Warren is primarily a salesman of Mr. Warren. To see how easily even intelligent people can be suckered by his schtick, check out Juan Cole's recent post about his meeting Warren at a Muslim conference.

Marva said...

Well, the choice will REQUIRE Mr. Bigot to be neutral. It's sort of a lesson in tolerance to him. If he rips homosexuals or abortion in the prayer, that will just show what kind of asshole he is. Being forced to be "nice" might be good for him.

Symbols are just symbols. They don't kill you, hurt you, imprison you, or anything else to you UNLESS you want them to.

Personally, if I watch the inaugural, I'll just switch over to Food Channel for a couple of minutes until the craphead is done talking.

ryan field said...

Frankly, I don't understand why there's a need for any religious speeches at any US Gov. function. The distinction between church and state needs to be revised and taken more seriously, because that's a large part of what we're all about.

freddie said...

Besides, I don't think his inauguration should be viewed as a "reward" for his supporters. It's a time to continue his main theme of unifying a divided country, and like it or not, Warren's views are representative of a sizeable section of the country (I should know; I live in the Bible belt). Obama is demonstrating his inclusiveness, which is commendable.

In the end, the inauguration is just a ceremony. Obama is going to be a good president; even so, none of his decisions will please everyone. I'm just glad he's the one who will be making the decisions that truly matter for our country come January.


Totally agree, and you said it better than I ever could.