OPEN LETTER TO THE USA
Primary Agent Saboteur Rick Warren is giving the Inauguration Invocation and the blogosphere has flewn into a tizzy. Yawn. He’s not totally down with teh gay, but he’s also not calling for a torch….or a noose. Unlike some other self-appointed religious ‘leaders’. One could just go ahead and label him the Purpose Driven False Prophet but that would piss off a few million sheep. Baaah! Obama supposedly hasn’t hired enough blue insects that mate once every three years. Or grandmothers who make flan. Or purple people. Or insert your own cause/group and more identity politic.
We have far too many who’ve drawn a definitive line in the sand when it comes to forcing people to see things their way. Under the threat of retaliation. That’s not the same thing as structured activism and fighting for justice. It’s having standards versus being unyielding and close-minded. People fall too easily into disarray, anger and spiral into the distraction pit. Where’s the agenda building, the focus, the seeing the big picture?
We’ve got some white gays and their water carriers still playing the “we are victims” song instead of admitting areas where they’ve benefited from all the /isms. Try doing some soul searching! We’ve got the so-called liberal media and progressives ready to drop a dime on Obama for not meeting their unrealistic expectations of perfection and trying to tie him to every political lowlife who isn’t Bush or Cheney. That is, when they’re not running their never-ending “satires” that would get a compliment from the “real” racists.
We’ve got those who’ve been burned by false religion give up on any spiritual practice but reacting negatively to those that haven’t. We’ve got a lot of people in those Red States who are still skeptical that Obama must reach out to. People are being so reactive because they did little during the Bush years. You can’t go back and change history. You can only learn from it and move forward. If everyone doesn’t calm down how will we make it through the next 4-8 years?
I think it’s time for a refresher of his Presidential acceptance speech. Write it down if you must because too many have already forgotten what he said:
“Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”
“And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.”
Do we want to revert back to the Bush Administration and all of its secrets and lies, corruption and incompetence? Heck no! We also can’t club people over the head to jockey for a more favorable position. Legit concerns are ok, griping is not.
Updated to add that in the brouhaha it seems no one is discussing that Joseph Lowery will also be speaking at the Inauguration, giving the Benediction. He is also a Gay Rights advocate and Civil Rights supporter and will have a much longer speech than Warren’s opener, but that goes against the Obama + Warren = BAD argument. So is this about bigotry or is this about the few trying to call the shots as they see it? Like I stated above, I don’t defend Warren or follow him but because a lot of people feel he represents them I’d prefer him to Dobson or some of the other right-wing aggressors. I just read a great piece by blog host Genia at Sistertalk asking if the religious right are being more tolerant than gays.