Friday, December 19, 2008

Is It Getting Warm In Here, Or Is It Just Me?

Snap, crackle, pop. The bubble of euphoria that surrounded P-E Obama seems to be bursting as his plan to have Reverend Rick Warren give the inaugural invocation was announced yesterday. To say Rachel was miffed last night would be putting it mildly as she called it a betrayal of a significant portion of the people who helped get him elected. The Reverend is apparently an evangelical pastor who preaches that same sex marriage is akin to incest, is opposed to abortion, and was a large voice in favor of California's Proposition 8. Thus, the gay community and liberal supporters are white-hot mad that P-E O. is giving Warren the honor of the opening prayer at the inaugural ceremony. I hope they don't show up and throw shoes.

So what to make of this move. Is Obama thumbing his nose at many of his supporters in an attempt to curry favor with the evangelical right or is he making a brilliant gesture to illustrate one of the prime messages of his campaign, that his goal will be to make a more inclusive America where all voices can be heard with respect and consideration? Guess we'll just have to stay tuned.

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