The Intolerance of the LeftWell, that didn't take long. Gay "rights" activists and other Leftist groups are angry with Barack Obama because Obama decided to invite Saddleback Church's Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at the inaugural ceremony. These people are angry because Warren, like most evangelical leaders, supported California's Proposition 8 and opposes so-called gay "marriage."
News flash: So do many Americans, including some who voted for Senator Obama. The President-Elect promised to reach across ideological lines and try to find ways to connect with the people who oppose him or his agenda. There is probably no better way to do that than to invite Rick Warren to pray at the swearing-in. Some pro-life and other conservative groups are equally upset that Rick Warren accepted Obama's invitation because they fear the message that such an appearance might send to the religious conservative community. Recall that Christ ate with tax collectors and sinners, and when he did so it was usually with a view to teaching them a lesson through his actions. Pastor Warren should not be asked to hide his spiritual light under a bushel merely because of the people that he will be shining his light upon.
Regardless of Leftist dilusions of some non-existant grand consensus surrounding Obama, both the county-by-county maps as well as the popular vote speak of a country that is very deeply divided, just as with the previous two elections. The primary difference is that this time, the swing States went blue. Even in those States that Obama carried that went Republican in the last two elections, one notices a clear division between urban and rural, and faithful and secular. Barack Obama must attempt to govern amidst this very stark political and social contrast, and he at least must show that while he does not agree with his opposition, he does respect those of us who were and are opposed to him.
It speaks volumes about the bigotry of some on the other side that they cannot see the wisdom behind the Warren invitation.