Friday, December 19, 2008

Warren and Ahmadinejad

Wait, we approve when Obama says he will work with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, but we disapprove when he wants to work with the Rev. Mr. Rick Warren? Now, I understand that inviting someone to negotiations is different than inviting them to give the Invocation at the Inauguration, but I do see it along the same spectrum. Obama campaigned as an organizer, a bridge-builder, not as a leftist totalitarian. We should absolutely hold his feet to the fire, and work for real equality for all (asexual, bisexual, gay, heterosexual, lesbian, transgendered, and other) people, and we should support him as he does what he said he would do.

The Republican party is digging its own grave by moving farther to the right. We don't want to do the same thing, on the left. Relevance is achieved by talking, working and connecting with the majority of our country. Demonizing people does not help; naming our differences and still working on common ground does.


At 9:24 AM, Blogger Lizard Eater said...

Great post. I feel the same way.

I think we need to see what *action* Obama takes, not what symbolic personalities he chooses for non-power situations.

Apparently the far right are upset about him choosing Warren, too. They think he's too liberal.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

Scott Wells has pointed out Warren's said assassinating Ahmadinejad might be the best solution to Iran.

A bit different than Obama's negotiating.

Worth noting Haartz has reported Obama considering expanding the US nuclear umbrella to Israel meaning a first strike on Israel would be met with a retaliatory return strike on Iran by the US.

Makes Warren's call to take out Ahmadinejad vs holocaust of Iranians look pretty tame though.

Tought times ahead of which the economy is least of them...

Warren's been close to Obama sometimes and his participation a surprize only to those who don't know Obama very well.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Christine Robinson said...

Does anyone imagine that the cause of Gay et al rights won't be considerably advanced 8 years from now?

Let's relax.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

Follow the graph at Political Arithmetik.

If the courts stay out of it, it will.

At 10:47 PM, Blogger The Eclectic Cleric said...

Here's what I've been posting at my own and other websites:

-- I’m actually OK with Rick Warren being invited to do the invocation (and am actually somewhat relieved that it is NOT jeremiah Wright), mostly because I believe that Warren is eventually going to see the light and get it right on this issue, just as he has on AIDS in Africa, and seems to be now on the War on Terror and Gitmo, and…well let’s just say that he’s a pretty bright guy, he wants to do right, and he truly BELIEVES in the GOSPEL, and isn’t just mouthing some lame Bible College ideology….

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Robin Edgar said...

"Wait, we approve when Obama says he will work with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, but we disapprove when he wants to work with the Rev. Mr. Rick Warren?"

Good point. . .

"Demonizing people does not help;"

Indeed it does not.


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