I was listening to "Talk of the Nation" today on NPR, and they were discussing Obama's pick of conservative evangelical (and all-you-can-eat-buffet frequenter) Rick Warren of Brokeback.. I mean Saddleback Church to delivery the invocation at the Presidential Inauguration. A Lesbian emailer, whose correspondence they read on the show, stated that she and her partner were strong supporters of Obama, but that Warren's pick lost that support. Really? Who else are you going to throw your support behind? Nader? McCain? Pat Robertson? Chavez? Pluh-ease!
For my Atheist, Agnostic, and Extra Terrestrial friends, perhaps it's a disappointment that Obama did not pick Michael Shermer, Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher or Oderus Urungus. Warren's work on addressing African poverty is admirable, even though he is an intolerant bigot regarding and acceptance of same sex couples. Let's see what happens, going forward in 2009, after the 5 minute invocation that won't matter 5 seconds after it is finished.
1 year ago