Friday, December 19, 2008

The Intolerance of the Left

Well, 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.

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At Friday, December 19, 2008 8:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What happened, Dave? I thought you were with the crowd that thinks the President-Elect is the unholiest baby-murdering communist of all time. In fact I had to check the URL twice just to make sure I was on the right blog! So, he invites Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration and now he's one of you instead of the dirty leftist hippies that elected him? Imagine if he invites the Pope over to the White House. Would he be beatified and canonized on the spot or would he have to move out of D.C. and join the rural=faithful crowd first?

At Friday, December 19, 2008 4:28:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

I don't know who you are (obviously too cowardly to share that information) but nowhere did I say that the President-Elect is one of us...

You need to read before commenting (not that literacy is a strong point with some in the party opposite).

At Friday, December 19, 2008 4:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posting anonymously is not cowardly. Not wanting to keep a paper trail of stupid comments on the internet is golden.

Which brings me to why I stopped here today. Have you heard any more on the constitutional appointments? I heard that Vance was hit hard before he ever went in because of his blogging, this has been a contention with Stacey for some time. Keep us posted

At Friday, December 19, 2008 7:14:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Posting anonymously isn't always cowardly, but making incredibly ignorant (willfully ignorant) statements anonymously-or as you say, without a "paper trail," digital or otherwise, certainly is.

I've talked to several people about the Constitutional Officer hearings, and no one has mentioned anything about Vance being grilled over blogging-I haven't talked to Vance yet, and will ask him. I would tend to doubt that he was, but if he was, the follow up question ought to be: Why?

When he was blogging (his blog has been down since long before he ever ran for Treasurer) his posts were incredibly infrequent. By conservative standards, his blog was middle-of-the-road. Its writings were relatively uncontroversial by Republican standards, and nothing was ever said to indicate that he is or ever has been anything other than a loyal party man.

They'd have far more on me over blogging than they would on Vance. Frankly, if Leadership is afraid of blogs, they need to get over it. Bloggers played a role in obtaining this majority, though each in their own way-and blogs and bloggers aren't going away...fear of blogging public officials makes it appear that our new, and I might add much more open legislative majority has a problem with being open-they should not.

At Saturday, December 20, 2008 2:34:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Actaully, what gets me is the thin skinned, weeny nature of the Right. Rick Warren's thoughts, beliefs and statements concerning the whole LGBT scene are well known. Some LGBT leaders voice an opinion against his presence/participation in the upcoming inauguration and ...

Wait for it ...

and ...

Outrage! It's bigotry, bigotry I tell you!
No ...
It REVERSE bigotry!
No ...
It's Political Correctness!!
No ...
It hate Speech!
No ...

What it really is, is a mindset that can't handle any critisism at all.
Nothing that might imply it's wrong, incorrect and/or simply mistaken.
I enjoy watching the pargons of the Right get their gander up. It really takes so little ... and it goes so far!


At Sunday, December 21, 2008 6:36:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

And the Left is thick-skinned?

Obviously, you have read none of the nasty words from Obama's so-called "supporters" about Rick Warren. All the man is going to do is open the ceremony with prayer. The reaction of the Left would make one think he was about to be appointed to the Supreme Court!

At Monday, December 22, 2008 9:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice retort:

"Waah! The other team (even if I don't know if you are on that team) can't read and you specifically are yella, pfffft!"

See how easy it is to read between the lines? Just because you wanted to try to drive a wedge between the left and their winning candidate and then got called on it, doesn't mean your maturity level gets to drop a couple hundred points. Then again you are the one that likes to see "Finger in Butts" alongside Jesus. Anyways, have a Merry Christmas.

teh illeteraite

At Tuesday, December 23, 2008 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

And you are apparently the one with no sense of humor and need very badly to have a Merry Christmas...I hope that you do.

At Tuesday, December 23, 2008 5:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I've never found religious hypocrisy to be very funny. I doubt Jesus does either. You bet this will be the best Christmas in 8 years now that the rubbish is finally being cleared from the White House!


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