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How To Anger Homosexuals by Barack Obama

Inauguration Program

Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church claims that he is not a homophobic because he has had dinner with gay people.  He is not homophobic because he has a church full of people who care for gays who are dying of AIDS.  However, Mr. Warren believes that homosexuality is a sin and people who are gay are going to burn in hell.  Mr. Warren explained that homosexuality is not the natural way of nature explaining quite simply that certain body parts are meant to fit together.  But obviously not Mr. Warren’s brain and mouth.

Mr. Warren said that he thinks allowing a gay couple to marry is similar to allowing a brother and sister to be together and call that marriage or an older man marrying a child and calling that a marriage.  It seems Mr. Warren feels that gay people marrying is akin to incest and child rape.  It should be noted that this is the kind of argument that people once used to prevent interracial marriages.  It doesn’t take much to imagine some racial bigot making the argument that if you allow black people to marry white people it is just a matter of time before people (by people we have to assume white people) start marrying their horse, cow, dogs, or whatever.  Interracial marriages will lead to gay marriages!  There will be marriage anarchy!

And this is the man President-elect Barack Obama has chosen to give the invocation during Mr. Obama’s inauguration.  Not only should gays and lesbians be angry that Mr. Obama so honored Mr. Warren with such a high profile connection to the Obama presidency.  Anyone who takes offense at such blatant and thoughtless narrow mindedness should be outraged.  In one fell swoop Mr. Obama has confirmed himself as a man who is tolerant of certain bigotries and prejudices.

Mr. Obama defended his choice of Mr. Warren saying that Americans need to come together even when we disagree on social issues.  That dialogue is part of what his campaign was all about.  Beautiful words for sure.  Any minute now we can expect Mr. Obama to give a voice to the member of the klan who hates black people or to the chauvinist who thinks women should stay at home barefoot and pregnant.  We may disagree on those social issues as well but that’s no excuse to keep these people from having a public voice.  I wonder when we can expect Mr. Obama to give the anti-Semite his or her time in front of the public’s attention.  Would the person who advocates prejudice against the Jewish community and Israel be just as welcome in the White House during the Obama presidency?

The question is totally rhetorical.  Mr. Obama is an apt politician who dodges most controversial issues by deftly aligning himself with the orthodox view designed to gratify the majority of people.  In Mr. Obama’s calculation, the gay and lesbian community is nothing to worry about.  The political power that may be associated with the gay community pales in comparison to the strength of the conservative intolerants.  And a sympathetic gesture to conservatives now can work wonders later on.  You never know when you will need a favor.  Or maybe Mr. Warren’s selection is payback for a favor already given.  You may never know.  But the point is that right now, the offense of the gays and lesbians is nothing that warrants Mr. Obama’s attention now.  Besides, there’s plenty of time to appease these people later on.

By all means the American people need to come together on the social issues.  Going forward to face the many crises on our horizon, the country needs the cooperation of all socially conscious communities without exception.  Any support of people who are intolerant and stand ready to impose their views supporting inequality and separate conditions for others is inappropriate and rather shortsighted.  In an America where we talk about unity for all, to unite with a bigot is counterproductive.

Mr. Obama is willing to gamble his relationship with the homosexual community for the greater good.  It is a classic political move.  The good of the many or the politically strong takes precedence over the good of the politically weak.  We’ve seen Mr. Obama exercise such judgment when he stands before the Jewish community and states in indisputable terms that the United States will not let Israel fail.  We’ve also seen the other end of the spectrum when Mr. Obama stands in front of the black community to reinforce racial stereotypes by charging black fathers to quit being fools and support their black children.

For sure the gay community, like many communities tired of the past recent years where an ultra conservative political agenda was in firm control of our politics, wanted to see a new change of direction and firmly supported Mr. Obama.  And to thank the people for their support Mr. Obama makes a high profile deal with the Dick Chaney of the homosexual community.

Saturday, December 20, 2008 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Homosexuality, Life, News, Politics, Racism, Religion, Spirituality, Thoughts

11 Comments »

  1. I support the gay community as much as any straight person I know. But Obama did talk a lot about the politics of inclusion – he has talked the talk, now he’s walking the walk.
    He has appointed two openly gay people to serve with him, that’s at least a start. Also, after Rev. Wright, who else could he have possibly picked?

    Comment by kip | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback kip,

      But if we are free to include people who may disagree with us on various social issues, why not pick Reverend Jeremiah Wright? According to Mr. Obama just because we don’t agree is no reason for exclusion. And is it your position that because of his past affiliation with Mr. Wright that Mr. Warren is the only option he had? What about Joel Olsteen, Kirby John Caldwell, T.D. Jakes, or anybody else who preaches the prosperity doctrine instead of the hatred doctrine. You may support the gay community as much as any straight person you know, but if all you know are homosexual bigots then that’s not really saying much is it?

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. I disagree with that decision even though I understand the move. I think it was a smart move from a certain perspective…
    Although, my next thought was to think like you said, why not Rev. Wright since we’re talking about inclusion? They are included and have been included let’s include some people, symbolically (an invocation of the first black president of the U.S.), that haven’t been included and present America with a point of view that she has denied herself for far too long. In short, we’ve been smelling our own piss, thinking its pure air and think everyone should get a whiff.

    Comment by Damien | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Damien,

      I understand the move as well. It’s easy to kick the weaker guy in front of the gang to show how you belong.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. Wow, I didn’t see that coming. My extended family includes African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, a gay brother-in-law, and a lesbian stepdaughter. If I wasn’t open to people different than me in one way or another, I’d be a pretty lonely guy!
    I’m really sorry if I offended you. I was a bit taken aback by Obama’s choice, I was just looking at the big picture.
    Again, I truly apologize.

    Comment by kip | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Reply

    • kip,

      I’m sorry but I was never offended by you. I was merely making an observation. When you said you support the gay community more than any straight person you know, I should have retorted “IF” all you know are bigots then that phrase wouldn’t mean very much. I know nothing about you and your circle of friends. I didn’t mean to sound like I was making a judgment. My apologies if I may have offended you.

      But I must add that one of my brothers is gay while other family members are ubber conservatives. We support our brother but many of us are quick to judge other homosexuals. Being from a family with a gay member does not automatically make all of us tolerant for people who are different.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Reply

  4. BrotherP,

    I am so disappointed by this pick that it absolutely sickened me. I agree with you if he is all about inclusion then why not the Grand Wizard of the KKK, Osam Bin Laden or some other hater? He is trying to show the conservative right that he does want to play ball with them. And that is just sad.

    I think he has this idea that he will somehow take that base away from the conservatives. But we all know it ain’t happening. Anyhow he screwed the gay community and it is just a matter of time before he gets to the black community next.

    Thanks

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Reply

  5. Inviting Rick Warren to speak at the Presidential inauguration is tantamount to inviting O.J. Simpson to speak at a women’s shelter.

    Evan Wolfson guesstimates we will have Federal Marriage Equality in about 30 years (which would almost certainly require equality in employment and the military also).
    So we need to either EMBRACE the fact that most of us over 40 will NOT see Full Federal Equality in our lifetime and remain “patient” as our civil rights crawl to the finish line…- OR – We could begin to TREAT the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT as it treats US.

    Two American Myths:

    * Equal Protection Under the Law (except for gays)
    * Separation of Church & State (except when the law applies to gays or a woman’s womb)

    When Obama invited this “christian” to his speak at his inauguration, he invited a man who believes the Q-community are INFERIOR; “less than”. Let’s quit sugar-coating these turds! Being asked to “respect other’s opinions” doesn’t fly when those “opinions” are harmful lies about an entire segment of the population. Those “opinions” are tantamount to the extremely offensive beliefs and ideas our country once had about “negros” and “wives”, words and ideas that would NEVER FLY TODAY at an inauguration.

    Words and ideas that would incite riots today.

    The National Equality Tax Protest will be on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

    Comment by johnbisceglia | Sunday, December 21, 2008 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback johnbisceglia,

      But America is far from equal and gays are not the only ones to suffer subjugation.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, December 21, 2008 | Reply

  6. I agree wit all of the posters except for the one who spoke about inclusion. Please spare that excuse.

    “But America is far from equal and gays are not the only ones to suffer subjugation.”

    Unfortunately, that is the case in this here democracy. In 2008-09, we still have people bein denied basic rights on every front. What saddens me is that so many people bought into this illusion of change and inclusion which never included them. Obama seems to be only interested in protecting the interests of the status quo.

    Comment by RhondaCoca | Thursday, December 25, 2008 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback RhondaCoca,

      “Obama sees to be only interested in protecting the interests of the status quo.”

      YES!!! Hammer’s head right on that nail! While Mr. Obama may have been the better candidate in the final election he is far from the harbinger of change he is marketed to be. The status quo embraced Mr. Obama because he proved himself to be in favor of the status quo. While we don’t have to worry about the blatant disrespect to the average American citizen, we still have to worry about the continuance of disparity that is part and parcel of the American way. I believe more people will suffer a rude awakening as Mr. Obama continues with his changes for America.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, December 25, 2008 | Reply


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