Politics and Media Headlines 12/22/08
Obama’s Divisive Choice of Rick Warren (by Michelle Goldberg at Religion Dispatches)
Warren compares abortion to the Holocaust, gay marriage to pedophilia and incest, and social gospel Christians as “closet Marxists.” He doesn’t believe in evolution… Obama is sending a message of respect and conciliation to those who oppose gay rights, women’s rights and secularism more broadly. Ordinarily such a master of empathy, he needs to find a way to make social progressives feel understood and included as well. Insulting your supporters to win the support of your opponents is no way to build unity.
I have never seen evidence that Obama has any empathy whatsoever. I wish Michelle had told us what she means by her statement that Obama is a master of empathy.—Caro
Salon Radio: Pam Spaulding on Rick Warren (by Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory, Salon)
Embracing someone like Warren is no more "inclusive" than inviting a White Supremacist or, for that matter, a Christian-hater to deliver the invocation.
Obama: Dancing with the Ones That Brung Him (by madamab at The Confluence)
Where’s the rabbi, Barack? Where’s the imam? Where have they been this whole time… Based on the past and the present and the future plans of President-Elect Obama, it appears that “all sides of the faith discussion” includes Christian, Christian and Christian. Sorry, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists et al. You are under that darn bus too! Hope you didn’t expect him to give a flying fuck what you think or believe.
Is it Just Me? (by myiq2xu at The Confluence)
Doesn’t it seem like the lefty blogosphere is way more upset about this friend of Obama:
than they were about this one?:
Is misogyny more acceptable than homophobia?
Obama supporters want refunds (by Thomas Schaller at War Room, Salon)
At the Huffington Post, Peter Daou noticed that Obama supporters are expressing their anger at the Change.gov website. So I dropped in at Change.gov. It's getting ugly. Here's a recent post from somebody named Jacinto Hernandez: “… Today we feel betrayed. There are so many christian leaders who are advocates for the gay community-- why choose one who is not? Please return our donations immediately. We made donations over a number of occaisions, frequently in response to ‘urgent’ pleas from your campaign. Consider this an ‘urgent’ plea as well. Please remove us from your mailing lists and never ask us for your support again, unless you stand with us and reject homophobia once and for all.”
Obama's choice of Rick Warren to lead prayer dismays Hollywood liberals (Los Angeles Times)
Obama's selection of Orange County mega-pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing in has hit liberal Hollywood in one of its sorest spots: the passage of Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, which Warren strongly supported. In fact, he has compared same-sex nuptials to approving polygamy and pedophilia… Democratic political consultant Chad Griffin, who this week was named by the Advocate, America's leading gay publication, as one of its People of the Year, thinks that it's up to Warren to let Obama off the hook and withdraw… Griffin said: "[Obama] has a long history of standing up for and defending equal rights. I believe and hope that calling on Warren was just a innocent mistake by the transition team."
It just shows you how willfully ignorant are the people who SWOONED over Obama. He does NOT have a “long history of standing up for and defending equal rights.” Name me one position he has taken on any civil rights issue that wasn’t solely to promote his own candidacy. It just goes to show, once again, that most of the people want to be fooled most of the time.—Caro
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