Obama's Bow to Rick Warren
I'm no fan of Rick Warren, the USDA's beefiest pastor and darling of New Evangelism — you know the kind: intolerance with a human face. And I winced at the announcement that Warren will be delivering the invocation at Obama's inauguration. It's bad enough that these religious rituals are still in our faces at hyper-public events, infantilizing the nation for appearances' sake. But if an invocation has to be delivered, I'd be dishonest if I thought Warren shouldn't be the one delivering it just because of his beliefs. Obama was asked about the choice at his news conference today. “I think that it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans,” he said, noting that he'd been invited by Warren to speak at his church a few years ago — despite their differences — and that “that dialogue, I think, is part of what my campaign’s been all about; that we’re not going to agree on every single issue, but what we have to do is to be able to create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable.”
Isn't that what it's all about, or what it ought to be about, at the Notebooks?