Friday, December 19, 2008

Barack and Rick

So it seems many in the gay community are incensed at Obama that he would ask Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural prayer in January.

Isn't this a bit disingenuous?

Obama and Warren sharply differ on key issues, namely abortion. Yet, both men are big enough to put those differences aside for a greater good, namely, the swearing in of a new President and the recognition of a milestone event.

This is classical tolerance, not the modern version of "I'll tolerate only what I agree 100% with." That isn't tolerance, that's agreement. Tolerance is living with things you don't like, or agree with, but recognizing a greater call or purpose that you can come together on. Isn't this what people have been seeking?

I applaud Obama for his choice. Obama himself has stated he does not support gay marriage. Do people think he is only making that statement as politically expedient? Maybe, but calling Rick Warren a bigot or hateful is lame, childish, and smacks of petulant children not getting their way. Plus, Warren speaks for a majority of Americans who support traditional marriage (come on, you know what that is). Are those on the radical gay side willing to smear the majority of Americans as hateful bigots? Really? You want to do that? It only weakens your case. Name calling has no place in debate.

Be glad that we as a country can meet on bigger issues despite our disagreements and these two men are providing a stellar example.

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