By John Aravosis
I thought it was all a tad too convenient that Rick Warren was talking the press about the controversy over his doing the invocation at Obama's inaugural, and that Warren was doing videos and emailings to supporters trying to present "his side" of the argument (his side is that we're hateful, evil, Christ-ophobes), and then scrubbing his church Web site to remove language that talked about banning gays from membership (though the church's apparent PR firm (what church has a PR firm?) just emailed me to say they have no rescinded their language on homosexuality, but rather they've "repurposed" it (repurposed?) in a series of videos. Whatever. The fact that Rick Warren's PR flak is now emailing me speaks volumes to what we have already accomplished.
Now we find out that Rick "Deny me three times" Warren is visiting an HIV/AIDS related thrift store in West Hollywood (the gay mecca of the west coast) and taking photos with known homos. Don't think for a minute that Warren isn't visiting the thrift store to prove that he loves American "victims" of AIDS just lke he likes those Africans (we "coincidentally" wrote about this distinction yesterday).
Folks - you, we, have Rick Warren running in circles in order to clear his "good" name. (And I have a hard time believing that he's doing this without a little coaching from some folks who might just have invited him to speak somewhere on January 20th.) But the problem is that Warren can only run so far from his anti-gay rhetoric because it's what he believes. It's what his followers believe. These people hate us. They consider us sub-human. As Rick Warren himself said, our relationships are no better than pedophilia, than incest. There are only so many amends Rick Warren can make before he, once again, reveals his true self, as he did this morning when he called us hateful, evil, Christ-ophobes....(Click for remainder).
By Richard Cohen
The Washington Post
Not that he was planning to attend, but Barack Obama should know that my sister's inauguration night party -- the one for which she was preparing Obama Punch -- has been canceled. The notice went out over the weekend, by e-mail and word of mouth, that Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation had simply ruined the party. Warren is anti-gay, and my sister, not to put too fine a point on it, is not. She's gay.
She is -- or was -- a committed Obama supporter. On the weekend before the presidential election, my sister and my mother drove from the Boston area, where they both live, to Obama's New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester. There my mother made 76 phone calls for Obama, which is not bad for someone who is 96, and gives you an idea of the level of commitment to Obama in certain precincts of my family.
I should say right off that my mother feels less strongly about Warren than my sister does. But I should add immediately that my sister feels very strongly, indeed. She's been in a relationship with another woman, the quite wonderful Nancy, for 19 years, and she resents the fact that Warren has likened same-sex marriage to incest, pederasty and polygamy.
"I'm opposed to redefinition of a 5,000-year definition of marriage," Warren told Beliefnet.com's Steve Waldman. "I'm opposed to having a brother and sister being together and calling that marriage. I'm opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that marriage. I'm opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage."...(Click for remainder).