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Saddleback Mountain

It’s time for me to throw my two cents in regarding the upcoming invocation for President-elect Obama. As many of you should know, the President-elect selected Rick Warren to lead the invocation on January 20th, 2009. This, as many of you can imagine, has created a bit of stir on both sides of the political spectrum.

Let’s start on the left, because that’s usually the simplest. Many left-wingers are upset at this selection because of Warren’s views toward homosexuality. It’s a spit in the face of the LGBT community, they say. Warren supported Proposition 8, banning homosexual marriage in California (which passed). Lastly, he’s a Christian, which to many means he is bigoted and narrow-minded.

Then, you have those on the right, who are upset with Warren for participating in, what appears to be, a show of support for who used to be the most liberal Senator in Washington, D.C. One of Warren’s arguments to gain support of liberals is that he has spent time and money on the fight against AIDS. But many on the right feel that that is a fight not worth fighting, as we have diseases and problems here in this country that we should try to resolve.

Well, I guess that was pretty simple, too.

So what’s going on here? I’ve always thought Warren to be a bit of a weenie (excuse me for the outburst), and somewhat lukewarm when it comes to politics. His moderation of the debate between McCain and Obama was weak and, essentially, pointless (as were nearly all of the debates). His support of Obama’s inauguration is no surprise to me, and it really doesn’t irk me as it does some conservatives.

What I find hilarious about this situation is that many of those who supported Obama are realizing that he isn’t going to be able to fulfill the needs of everyone. Before he has even taken office, he has “offended” minorities, namely the LGBT community as of now. His selection of Warren to lead his invocation shows his lukewarmness in politics, and that he is trying to be playing the game down the middle of the aisle. I also find it very funny that liberals are so upset about this pick, because nearly any other pastor would probably have a history of “condeming” homosexual marriage. It’s in the Bible, which is sort of the manual for real pastors. And don’t let Newsweek try to tell you that there is a religious case for homosexuality. Anyone with an ounce of brains in his head who read that article in last week’s Newsweek could tell it was not researched, and quite simply put, ridiculous. But I digress…

What does this mean for the Obama Administration? Well, not much. It actually might be a sliver of sunshine for conservatives, as it shows, for now, that he is not going to be ultraliberal. It means for minorities that their needs might not be on the top of his to-do list. Perhaps the LGBT community is the first of many groups to feel the wrath of Obama’s much coveted “bipartisanship.”

Only time will tell. I have a feeling, though, that the sliver of sunshine for conservatives will soon fade as the Administration takes office, and minorities will still have their needs unmet. Lose lose. We’ll see.

But, in the mean time, here are a couple of good reads regarding the Saddleback Mountain situation: From Bloomberg and from Breitbart.

1 Comment on “Saddleback Mountain”

  1. #1 deaconandusher
    on Jan 1st, 2009 at 10:48 am

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