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Warren Peace?

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 9:39 AM

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren has been invited by President-elect Barack Obama to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, which has some 'progressives' and 'liberals' up in arms, because Warren, clearly, is one of those ultra-religious hypocrites who can't be trusted.

Furthermore, these same 'progressives' are complaining that this just shows that Obama doesn't 'get it,' and he's going to get steamrollered by the right the moment he turns his back.

Now, I'm not particularly a fan of Rick Warren - this is the guy who invents an 'International Medal of PEACE' to award to George W. Bush for warm fuzzies, then admits it actually has nothing to do with peace, domestic or foreign.

But to stand there and whine about how this is a betrayal to progressive/liberal ideals and how Warren's stance on abortion and/or same-sex marriage should preclude him from a highly-visible role at Obama's inauguration is extremely short-sighted.

First, the progressives/liberals seem to be blind to the fact that they're demonstrating the same ideological lockstep as the religious types they claim to despise.

Second, I can think of no better tactic. We need to be building bridges, not throwing rocks from the opposite bank. And asking Warren to deliver the invocation is a perfect opportunity - what's he going to do, call down God's Wrath on Obama? Announce policy?

Obama gets major points for being the first to extend the olive branch. It's up to Warren and those who share his views to not let it fall from his hand.

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scottski - 2008-12-20 00:05:29
why your essays aren't on an Op-Ed page, i'll never know. this stuff deserves a paying gig.