Saturday, August 1, 2015

R-E-S-P-E-C-T...find out what it means, Barack

Well, the good news is that the Queen of Soul will be drivin' down the Freeway of Love (since she refuses to fly) to perform at Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20. The bad news is that Obama seems determined to deliver the purpose-driven knife to his once most-enthusiastic supporters, naming pop pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation just days after Warren helped to deep-six gay marriage in California. He's even lost People for the American Way on this one: Pastor Warren, while enjoying a reputation as a moderate based on his affable personality and his church's engagement on issues like AIDS in Africa, has said that the real difference between James Dobson and himself is one of tone rather than substance. He has recently compared marriage by loving and committed same-sex couples to incest and pedophilia. He has repeated the Religious Right's big lie that supporters of equality for gay Americans are out to silence pastors. He has called Christians who advance a social gospel Marxists. He is adamantly opposed to women having a legal right to choose an abortion. Sure, it was probably centrist voters who put Obama over the top back on 11/4, but it was liberals -- the kind who voted against for Prop 8 or would have if they had the chance -- who gave the bulk of those hundreds of millions of dollars who made it happen. He won't raise $750 million next time around on this pace. The other good news is there's no way 4 million are coming to his inauguration now. But we'll always have Aretha:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T...find out what it means, Barack

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Well, the good news is that the Queen of Soul will be drivin' down the Freeway of Love (since she refuses to fly) to perform at Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20. The bad news is that Obama seems determined to deliver the purpose-driven knife to his once most-enthusiastic supporters, naming pop pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation just days after Warren helped to deep-six gay marriage in California. He's even lost People for the American Way on this one:

Pastor Warren, while enjoying a reputation as a moderate based on his affable personality and his church's engagement on issues like AIDS in Africa, has said that the real difference between James Dobson and himself is one of tone rather than substance. He has recently compared marriage by loving and committed same-sex couples to incest and pedophilia. He has repeated the Religious Right's big lie that supporters of equality for gay Americans are out to silence pastors. He has called Christians who advance a social gospel Marxists. He is adamantly opposed to women having a legal right to choose an abortion.

Sure, it was probably centrist voters who put Obama over the top back on 11/4, but it was liberals -- the kind who voted against for Prop 8 or would have if they had the chance -- who gave the bulk of those hundreds of millions of dollars who made it happen. He won't raise $750 million next time around on this pace. The other good news is there's no way 4 million are coming to his inauguration now.

But we'll always have Aretha:

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