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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Obama Picks Hater Rick Warren to Give Inaugural Invocation

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No, that moustache makes you look neither hip, nor thin.
Behemoth Pastor and writer Rick Warren is slated to give the invocation at Barrack Obama's inauguration.

Warren is famed for writing The Purpose Driven Life and all its very lucrative spinoffs and franchises. One of these includes a purpose driven attempt to reduce the number of US troops committing suicide addressed here earlier this month. A belief in creationism, it seems, is key.

Warren is famed for his anti-gay and anti-abortion positions. He's little more than a kinder, gentler, wider James Dobson.

I'm not happy about this, and neither is People for the American Way,
It is a grave disappointment to learn that pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation at the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Pastor Warren, while enjoying a reputation as a moderate based on his affable personality and his church's engagement on issues like AIDS in Africa, has said that the real difference between James Dobson and himself is one of tone rather than substance. He has recently compared marriage by loving and committed same-sex couples to incest and pedophilia. He has repeated the Religious Right's big lie that supporters of equality for gay Americans are out to silence pastors. He has called Christians who advance a social gospel Marxists. He is adamantly opposed to women having a legal right to choose an abortion.

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Anonymous said...

I know it's barely on topic, but I have to ask why the comparison to incest is so off-base.

If consenting adults want to have a sexual and/or romantic relationship, why should they be prohibited from doing so just because they are closely related?

The various arguments against incest (e.g., it's unbiblical, in some cases; it's gross; it's bad for society; it's psychologically harmful; only crazy people would want to do it; it could lead to child molestation; it could create awkward familial situations) seem very similar to the arguments made against homosexuality and gay marriage.

There is also the eugenic argument, but that one is based mostly on a misunderstanding of genetics. Even to the extent that that argument has any weight, the incestuous couple could choose to remain childless.

I don't intend this as an argument against gay marriage. I DO support legalization of gay marriage. I just don't see why the prejudice against adult incest is so strong.