Rick Warren has been asked to give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration and that’s got some folks’ underwear in a collective bunch. Warren was pro-Prop 8 and some on the left see Obama’s reaching out to him as a slap in the face.
Jane from Firedoglake compared inviting him to inviting the Grand Wizard of the KKK and called him a hate monger and a homophobe. Now I posted about name calling recently and this is a classic example.
One thing that interests me, she says that if Obama really wants to preach inclusiveness then why not have someone up there that represents inclusiveness. The answer? Obama does. His name? Barack Obama. Inclusiveness doesn’t mean surrounding yourself with people that agree with you on every issue. You don’t need to include actual “hate mongers” or despots in your cabinet or on your team to be inclusive, but at the same time you don’t need to vilify those you disagree with either. We need to have the proverbial “big tent.”
I don’t understand how anyone who listened to Obama during the campaign would be shocked that Obama lets Warren give the invocation. It’s vintage Obama. It does not signal agreement with Warren’s political positions, some of which are clearly at odds with Obama’s. Warren isn’t making policy or even giving a sermon., He’s saying a prayer and then possibly dancing later at some inaugural parties. If anything, it’s the possibility of this dancing that should be deeply troubling to all Americans.
So, if this has you upset then I think you need to reconsider how important this really is in the scheme of things. Get your priorities in order. Don’t worry, Obama is a liberal. He will be a liberal president. He may not jump through every hoop you set up for him. In fact I hope he doesn’t. He does seem like a guy who will try to do what he said he was going to do and so far I think he has. When he does something really stupid like pre-emptively starting a war with another country or okays the bugging of American’s phones without a court order, we’ll talk.
Oh and when you compare just about anyone to Hitler or a Klan member, you lose the argument automatically.