Friday, December 19, 2008
Invoking Hatred on Inauguration Day
First of all I want to note that I used GOODSEARCH.COM for all my research and it works great so please check the previous post for details and chose a charity and get to doing some searching of your own.
I feel like going back and searching – ‘what the hell was Dianne thinking’.
I was doing tons of research about the Inaugural Invocation and Rick Warren and his ‘church’ and I was struck down numb. Just numb from the sheer amount of crap I had to read to fully understand Rick Warren. I always check all points of view and in doing so had to swallow hard and force myself to read garbage.
So – I had all my quotes ready and my links to sources and then I just set it aside. I went over to my Photo Blog and posted sky shots. I told myself it is the holiday season, just be happy.
Be happy and gay …
Oh wait! That would be a problem. I can be happy. Or. I can be gay. But …
I better not expect to be both.
Cause if I’m gay then I don’t matter. According to Rick Warren I would represent 2% of the population – I assume God checks Rick’s numbers for him – and I would be an “abomination” and 5000 years of goodness tells everyone that I don’t matter.
Why do I care about Rick Warren?
Because President Obama has chosen him to give the Inaugural Invocation. MY President!! The one I campaigned for. The one I donated money I couldn’t afford to part with to. My hope for better times – where ALL people are openly included.
I looked up ‘Invocation’ on wikipedia and a few other sources. Check it out - HERE. It reads like the definition of hocus pocus.
Why does a state ceremony require an invocation? Why can’t we finally live the separation of church and state? Obama said he was devoted to the Constitution – to bringing it back to the days before Bush. He further affirmed that he was dedicated to insuring that the ‘practice of America lives up to the promise of America’.
So he chooses Rick Warren …
John Adams took the oath of office with his hand on a book of US laws, not a Bible. Imagine that. That happened in 1825 and the country lived to tell about it. No religious forces were harmed in the making of that Inauguration.
In researching Rick Warren I came upon many people suggesting Rabbi David Saperstein would have been a better choice to give the invocation. I’m not going to agree since I don’t think there should be an invocation but I will share with you a bit of a speech the rabbi gave back when Bush was trying to ammend the Constitution to tell gay people they aren’t Americans …
The fight for equality is uniquely tied to the history of this nation. From the suffrage movement to the civil rights movement to the gay rights movement minorities in this country have worked tirelessly to achieve equal rights as guaranteed to them by the founding vision of the United States. As long as injustice remains pervasive within our community, we will continue this fight for equality until our dream of equal rights for all is realized.
This Amendment is not about protecting families. Certainly my family will not be hurt by giving states the freedom to recognize the committed relationship of two loving adults. How can two loving adults coming together to form a family harm family values? Are our families and marriages and communities so fragile and shallow that they are threatened by the love between two adults of the same sex? This bill is about targeting scapegoats; and as a people who have been the quintessential scapegoats of Western civilization; we stand with our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters saying that this bill is immoral and unjust.
You can read more HERE
While reading about the rabbi that magic 2% number popped up again. Seems that there are ‘Christian groups’ who think the ‘Democratic party is being turned over to Jews’ and that ‘2% of the population is being encouraged to run the country’ – these comments and many far more offensive were published back when the rabbi was chosen to speak at the Democratic National Convention. I will not link to these sources. They do not deserve further exposure. Unfortunately they are easy enough to find anyway.
Imagine being a gay Jew. I assume hell has a special chamber for them.
Nana would have been heartbroken by the sites I found and their filth. She was always so proud to be an American. And a Jew. And she loved her gay son – my uncle Johnny – with all her heart. She knew. She didn’t care.
I have been so looking forward to the Inauguraton. So proud of the triumph of a man who means so much to me. So happy that someone who is of similar background to my own son became President.
I mentioned this to my son. And he rolled his eyes at me. He told me he doesn’t believe gays should marry either. He doesn’t see the sad irony in one excluded group having no problem excluding another.
Worse than exclusion! Rick Warren targets gay Americans.
I told him then he should believe his own marriage doesn’t count either.
And then I really missed Nana – she would have climbed on a chair and smacked him in the head. Gently of course because Nana believed in loving everyone. Even when they are so clearly misguided.
I guess I’ll need to mute at least one portion of the Inauguration.
My dear friend at PAGAN SPHINX posted about this as well. She is far more concise and eloquent than I am. And my deepest apologies to her for almost not bothering to post about this. I will not let that happen again.
If any one of us is neglected then we are all neglected.