Warrin’ on Warren BA-DUM

Friday, December 19th, 2008 @ 2:34 pm | Barack Obama, teh gay

Like that play on words, huh? More where that came from, bitches.

DICK Warren (I strike again!) isn’t an intellectual. Like many Americans. He’s a touchy-feely guy who goes to the Bible for the emotional comfort he needs to deal with this amazing but harsh world. Unfortunately, he believes himself capable of engaging in arguments with atheists like Sam Harris or pretending he has some actual reason besides “mansex ICKY!” to be anti-gay. So there’s a long line of stupid he’s left in his trail that is completely unnecessary to his larger goals, which are admirably about using Christianity for more positive things like fighting hunger, disease, and other human ailments. A lot of evangelicals are emotional creatures, not logical, but in the past they’ve been led by some nasty angry people who have turned their religion into a mirror of their inner filth. Rick Warren more of the “not such a bad guy” type. Chances are if you bump shoulders with him, you’ll find him to be “not such a bad guy.” Fer chrissakes, people, he may talk enormous shit about the gay, but at least he brought them donuts!

Okay, that’s not much consolation. But let’s remember that Warren isn’t exactly playing it safe appearing on stage with Obama while Obama is talking about gay equality and potentially hiring a gay Navy Secretary.

Kos sizes up the conflicts engendered by Obama giving Warren a warm hug onto his inaugural stage. It’s a complex move from Obama, and some people aren’t into the nuances. Even Andrew Sullivan, famous and proud man-lover, sees the virtues while acknowledging the anger. Kos sees the positive in what Obama is doing, but nonetheless,

Obama wouldn’t be out there making perhaps the strongest statement in support of gays and lesbians by a president…if it wasn’t for the sturm and drang this choice generated. It is precisely this backlash that has forced Obama to clearly affirm his commitment to equality. And it will be continued pressure that will force him to do the right thing on the issue.

If we shut up, he’ll take the path of least resistance. And that path of least resistance is kowtowing to the conservative media, the clueless punditocracy, and bigots like Warren.

There is a balance that can be found here, making clear where we stand on Warren’s bigotry while not condemning Obama as being some kind of traitor. Those who fancy themselves wise would do well to seek that balance. But if you’re angry, I ain’t mad at ya.

-jb

UPDATE: John Cole says, not so fast on dissing Obama’s consistency.

Someone who is not supportive of gay marriage or wholly receptive to gay rights is not something new- Billy Graham was no champion of gay rights, and I seriously doubt there has ever been anyone giving the invocation that openly supported gay marriage or gay rights. On the other hand, an open advocate for gay marriage is giving the Benediction, and that has never happened before.

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