Barack Obama‘s decision to offer homophobic anti-choice megachurch swindler Rick Warren a speaking slot at the inauguration is absolutely appalling. It’s all fine and well that Warren believes in Space Santa. That there’s a market for his delusions may be distasteful to me personally, but I can ignore it. What pisses me off is when guys like Warren actively work to diminish the rights of other Americans, particularly those whose sexual orientation differs from their own.
Warren is a staunch supporter of Proposition 8, and uses faux-compassionate talking points to distract from the fact that he’s just another conservative bigot. Warren doesn’t hate homosexuals. Not at all! He just believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, like it says in the Bible. Never mind that the Bible endorses marriage between man and many women — something patently illegal in these here United States. And don’t even get me started on the public stoning.
Here’s Little Ricky urging people to support Prop 8:
Our LGBT brothers and sisters (or whatever non-gender specific nomenclature they prefer) celebrated Obama’s victory alongside the rest of us, and were among those cheering the loudest. In that moment, we all glimpsed an America where one’s skin color, sexual orientation and gender no longer solely determined one’s destiny. An unambiguous majority elected a leader who truly represented our diverse and pluralistic nation. A page was turned, democracy spoke and we were potentially a better people for it.
What a slap in the face it must be for LGBTs to learn of Rick Warren’s “invocation” at Obama’s swearing in ceremony. An invocation is the the act of calling upon a deity or spirit, for aid, protection or inspiration. Rick will no doubt petition his God to keep us safe from those nation-wrecking homos. I’ll be praying to Lucifer for him to be struck by lightning.
Parag Mehta is Obama’s LGBT liaison on the Transition Team. You can let her know how you feel at firstname.lastname@example.org.