My Take on Warren

19Dec08

1. If there were another religious leader who gave tons of time and money to the poor, helped people find direction in their lives, was a world wide phenomenon, and believed in the legal segregation (it’s time to start using that word) of the races, he wouldn’t have been invited. I have no problem with gay activists using racial segregation as a leverage point in this continued discussion.

2. I’ve hated a lot of this “that’s not change!” stuff we’ve been hearing on cabinet appointments, but I regret that I have to chime in. Change would be getting people to realize that even the most conservative scientific definition of homosexuality would state that it is an unchangeable psychiatric condition. It would be getting people to recognize that there are many foster children that would benefit being adopted into gay households. It would be pushing us, as Obama said in his speech on race, towards a more perfect union with legal equality for all as our constitution promises.

Change is not, however, reaching out to bigots who have done everything possible to push their religious views on the entire country.

3. Warren also thinks Atheists are mentally un-fit to serve public office. Well, Rick, I’m not the one with the invisible friend in the sky.

4. Warren could hold whatever views he likes, I don’t care; but this is someone who is pushing an agenda for government. There is a legal separation between church and state.

5. The media is writing sentiments like mine off as “anger from the left.” This is not a left or right issue. It’s a civil right issue, it’s a constitutional issue, and it’s a scientific issue. This isn’t about a bailout, welfare, drugs, health care, and it’s not even really about abortion (obviously I disagree with Warren, but I at least accept there are rational people who disagree with me); it’s about right and wrong. We tend to come to the conclusion in this country, though slowly, that bigotry and intolerance is wrong. We came to that conclusion quite profoundly over the course of this election, though we aren’t there yet.

Of course, that conclusion wasn’t reached for everyone on election night, as Prop 8 passed in California, with 68% of the African-American vote in favor. So despite claiming he supports equal rights for gays  (he only sorta does), he’s willing to help perpetuate intolerance amongst a lot of people who rightly look up to him.

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The Warren issue will probably have no impact Obama’s agenda; hopefully, Obama will be smarter than compromise on issues such as the Global GAG rule, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (although who knows on that really), and the Defense of Marriage Act. I have a growing fear (albeit still a small one) that this presidency will turn into a giant safe guard against right wing attacks. And that’s (painful to say) certainly not change for Democrats.

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One Response to “My Take on Warren”

  1. I don’t know some moments of this post..


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