Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gay Activists Go Ballistic on Warren Invocation

Barack Obama has asked Pastor Rick Warren to deliver a religious invocation at the presidential inauguration. Perhaps this is an effort by Obama to "transcend partisanship" and end "the politics of division," or some other mushy sentiment to that effect.

I'm a little disappointed in Warren, actually. In the end Obama will satisfy the radical gay rights constituency by pushing all the big homosexual demands, eventually caving on gay marriage as well; in turn, getting chummy with folks like Warren won't help much on the conservative side, especially as Obama's administration proceeds to dismantle the right's substantial achievements on the pro-life agenda over the past three decades.

Already, as the Politico
reports, gay rights groups are flipping their wigs over the announcement:

Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to perform the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that – in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California – is looking for a fight.

Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government role in fighting poverty, and backed away from other evangelicals’ staunch support for economic conservatism. But it’s his support for the California constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that drew the most heated criticism from Democrats Wednesday.

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote Obama Wednesday. “[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination.”

The rapid, angry reaction from a range of gay activists comes as the gay rights movement looks for an opportunity to flex its political muscle. Last summer gay groups complained, but were rebuffed by Obama, when an “ex-gay” singer led Obama’s rallies in South Carolina. And many were shocked last month when voters approved the California ban.
Folks should read some of the full responses themselves, for example, the Human Rights Campaign, which states:

Our loss in California over the passage of Proposition 8 which stripped loving, committed same-sex couples of their given legal right to marry is the greatest loss our community has faced in 40 years. And by inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table.
There's lots more unhinged gay outrage at Memeorandum.

This is the next battle of the renewed culture war unleashed by Yes on 8 in California. Gay rights groups will not rest until they browbeat and intimidate all sides, ultimately forcing Obama to capitulate on homosexual marriage and God only knows what else.

I don't see the upside for anyone here, neither Obama in the short run nor Rick Warren altogether; but there's no doubt the gay-haters are thrilled by another chance to launch a new wave of intolerance against mainstream Americans.


The Vegas Art Guy said...

somehow I think Pastor Warren can deal with all this. Which will drive the far left even crazier than it is now...

cracker said...

40 years ago.....Not a church would marry a Black man to a White woman in broad daylight . I remember my pastor discussing interracial marriage in terms of "Noah's Ark.....God had them saved in pairs, not a giraffe with an elephant, that would not only be a sin but an abomination"

I attended an interracial marriage last year at First Baptist.....and in broad daylight and in front of God n everyone, the marriage was witnessed and blessed by the Pastor" it was as joyful as any wedding anywhere.

Times have changed, and the Sun still came up and I wish my old Pastor could have seen it.

Gay marriage will take less time to be considered as viable.....its not any sort of win or lose .....its just inevitable. {shrug)

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

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dave in boca said...

I love what one blogger called Mrs. Andrew Sullivan and the screeching and hysteria of the libtards is music to my ears. Libtards will be screaming a lot more, I believe, if my next-door neighbor, a four-term FL State Rep [R] is correct. He told me in September that Obama was less liberal than Hillary and more reliable than John-Boy McCooked-Stick-a-Fork-in-Him.

Now the ancient mariner is attacking the Repubs to keep himself on late-night talk shows and Obama is making sensible appointments. Who wouldda thunkit?!

Anonymous said...

Thing is, they can browbeat Mr Obama all they want, but marriage is defined by the states, not the federal government. The only potential federal change would be repeal of DoMA, to force states which do not recognize same-sex "marriages" to recognize ones performed in other states.

But our elected representatives are politicians before anything else, and they know that the issue is a loser for them; if even California rejects same-sex "marriage" when put to the voters, just how are you going to get the support of representatives from Idaho and Iowa and Indiana and Virginia and North Carolina?

If yoiu read the lefty blogs, you'll see a whole bunch of crying about how the "H8ers" were better organized and that the left didn't do enough, without any consideration of the strange thought that maybe, just maybe, the people really didn't agree with them.

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Anonymous said...

This is one thing I can support Obama on. Get real gay groups, you guys are alway over acting. Remember you are only .005% of the population and you act like 10%.....

Kenneth Davenport said...

Does anyone not see that the cult of political correctness is killing us? The gay "movement" needs to be put into some perspective; the most recent census puts the percentage of gay men and women in our country at less than 2% ( Gays have a disproportionate power base because of their Hollywood connection and the vast left-wing media support they now have. The issue of gay marriage is nothing but a pretext with which to advance their agenda -- it provides nothing new in the way of rights in California that aren't already conveyed via civil unions.

I, for one, am now coming to see Obama as a political pragmatist -- someone who values power over ideology and understands that to be successful he must appeal to the base that Warren represents, and not is not miniscule (if vocal)gay movement.

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