Posted by: alliehope | December 19, 2008

The Big Yawn

Much ado has been made recently of Barack Obama’s choosing pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama’s inauguration on January 20th.

The title of the post gives away what I think of it: big friggin’ deal. I’m not so far left-wing that I’m automatically thinking Obama’s sold gay-rights advocates down the river, nor am I so far right-wing that I’m thinking, “How dare Rick Warren sell out to the liberals?”

At the end of the day, Obama has the right to choose whoever he wants to give that prayer, just as we have the right to criticize him for that choice. However, I don’t think it’s worth making such a big stink over, especially when there are two wars going on, our planet is in peril, our global economy is hanging by a thread, and terrorism looms large, and people wonder where the terrorists will strike next.

I will grant that Warren has said some pretty controversial things. But he’s also been through some stuff , like every single one of us on this planet. He’s much more of an “everyman” than the screaming gay-rights people like to think, and the “OMG, he sold out!” people think.

Quite honestly, I’m with this guy. I think this is a moment for both Obama and Warren to set some real leadership, and put ideologies aside in favor of real change. It’s only when we shut up about our little opinions that we see the real issues, and this isn’t one of them.


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