It seems that some liberal/progressive groups are upset over President-elect Barak Obama’s decision to invite Christian pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at the inauguration. Warren, who typically sides with conservatives on social issues, is a staunch opponent of gay marriage.
“[T]he sad truth is that this decision further elevates someone who has in recent weeks actively promoted legalized discrimination and denigrated the lives and relationships of millions of Americans,” fumed Kathryn Kolbert, president of People for the American Way.
Joe Solmonese, head of the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, was even harsher. “We 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,” he wrote to Obama.
Perhaps if Kolbert, Solmonese, and millions of other liberals had been paying attention during the campaign, they’d know that Obama and Biden are among the same “promoters of an anti-gay agenda” as Warren. From the vice-presidential debate on October 2, 2008:
IFILL: Let’s try to avoid nuance, Senator. Do you support gay marriage?
BIDEN: No. Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that. That is basically the decision to be able to be left to faiths and people who practice their faiths the determination what you call it.
It’s up to people of faith, like Warren, to determine what constitutes marriage, according to Obama and Biden. Doesn’t seem to get any clearer (or ridiculous) than that. But if liberals weren’t so keen to project their every wish, dream, or fantasy onto Obama during the campaign, their shocked reactions today would be mere shrugs.