Gay Leaders Flexing Their Muscle?

As one would expect, ‘tolerance’ to the gay movement means exactly the opposite of what the dictionary would suggest. Case in point is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.obama_warren

Upset over the fact that the minister actually believes his religion and lives his life accordingly, some feel that Obama is blowing off the LGBT sector of humanity. For his part, Obama’s choice is seen as a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November. You know, reaching out. Isn’t it curious that appealing to mainstream America is seen as reaching out? On the other hand, if Barack is not reaching out, does that mean that he is dissing the LGBT’s, or just acting like any other president-elect would?

Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government role in fighting poverty, and backed away from other evangelicals’ staunch support for economic conservatism. But it’s his support for the California constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that drew the most heated criticism from Democrats Wednesday.

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote Obama Wednesday. “[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination.”

In his article, notice too the connection Ben Smith draws between the LGBT group and Democrats, known to be tolerant of just about anything. Democrats’ alleged displeasure over California’s approval of a constitutional amendment to ban gay-marriage is misplaced. California is as blue a state as it gets, and they voted for it. The displeasure lies primarily in the LGBT camp. On the whole, I have more confidence than Smith does that democrats are not as intolerant as the gay community is. Am I wrong?

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