So, I’m one of those people who is livid with the Rick Warren pick for the Invocation at Obama’s Inauguration. Frankly, the fact that there are interludes of prayer at a civil ceremony irritates me enough as it is (I’ll blog about that within the next two weeks), but to then invite a homophobic, non-inclusive religious leader who openly advocates for discrimination of rights is just a huge slap in the face.
Since the pick, I’ve posted many articles and videos on my Facebook profile about this issue, but since I just started my blog, I thought I’d catch my readers up on this issue and my thoughts about it. A new story came out today that I included at the end.
To see the timeline of my frustration, BLAZE A TRAIL…
Note: I had surgery on the morning of December 17th. I was told anger would not help my recovery very well, but this is what I spent most of that week thinking about…
December 17, 2008 – “Beliefnet Interviews Rick Warren on Gay Marriage” (YouTube)
You know, I thought I voted Rick Santorum out of office… oh wait, wrong Rick. Too bad he has the same ignorant views on my “lifestyle.” Good thing he doesn’t have any major political power.
…What? He’s giving the Invocation for Obama’s Inauguration?
December 18, 2008 – “Pastor Rick Warren to Give Invocation at Obama Inauguration” (Towleroad)
I am STILL really angry about this!
December 18, 2008 – “Never mind the Big Tent” (Pam’s House Blend)
All gay allies and feminists should just be furious with this decision! It does not bode well.
December 18, 2008 – “Forgive us if we don’t stay on message” (Good As You)
Jeremy always says exactly what I’m feeling!
December 18, 2008 – “Warren insists he is not homophobic.” (YouTube)
“I’ve always treated them with respect… when the protesters came we served them water and donuts.”
This is why I’m angry, and I know I’m not alone. You can’t just say “tradition” and “sanctity” and think that you’re golden. It’s not f-in’ good enough. If you don’t understand who we are and what we are and what our lives are about and you actively campaign against us, then you ARE homophobic, and when you laugh away that accusation, it just shows how ignorant you are.
Why are we giving this guy a national spotlight again? I don’t see how it benefits the left in ANY political way, except once again demonstrating we don’t stand on principle when the folks on the right do.
December 19, 2008 – “Rick Warren And The Ex-Gay Movement” (The Daily Dish)
December 19, 2008 – “Saddleback Church” (At this time, the site said that individuals who do not repent of their homosexuality would not be welcome as members of the church. That language has since been removed from this link.)
Since I am unwilling to repent of my homosexuality, (since the Bible so clearly demonstrates that it is an “enormous sin”), I would be unwelcome as a member of Rick Warren’s church. So, remind me again why I’m supposed to be enthused that the Obama administration is reaching out to this guy?
December 23, 2008 – “Rick Warren Says Gays Use Hate Speech, Have ‘Christ-O-Phobia’” (Towleroad)
I guess according to Rick Warren I’m an “evil” “Christ-o-phobic.” Actually, I’m a rational gay atheist who is extremely disconcerted by people using their faith as an excuse for not understanding diversity. See the difference? I’m not evil, I just have a valid intellectual argument. Can everyone remind me again how “because it’s what I believe” or “because the Bible says so” are valid intellectual arguments?
December 23, 2008 – “Richard Cohen – Obama’s Choice of Rick Warren Ruined a Party” (Washington Post)
December 24, 2008 – “Words Matter: Hate and Bigotry” (Pam’s House Blend)
This contributor to Pam’s hits the nail on the head. Just because hate is dressed up as “polite” doesn’t change the fact that it’s still the same hateful bigotry. For anyone who’s been seeing my posts on Rick Warren and don’t know how to relate… hopefully this perspective might help you understand better where I’m coming from. Comments, as always, are welcome! I don’t post this stuff just to be whiny… I love dialogue!
December 24, 2008 – “Rick Warren is a CUTER Kind of HATER!” (flickr)
January 7, 2009 – “Rick Warren’s Anti-Gay, Anti-Condom AIDS Work in Africa Exposed” (via Towleroad)
Remember all those reasons people were saying why I should appreciate Rick Warren? It wasn’t good enough then, and now it’s not even good at all.
If anyone out there still has any ridiculous ideas about why I should respect this man’s leadership or Obama’s pick to give his exclusivity a national audience at a ceremony for all Americans (including the LGBT community, all non-Christians, and all non-believers), please try to convince me. I can always use a good laugh.