Why Are Rick Warren’s Views Acceptable And Jeremiah Wright’s Not?
During the course of the entire inaugural festivities, there are going to be a wide range of viewpoints that are presented. And that’s how it should be, because that’s what America’s about. That’s part of the magic of this country, is that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated.
The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He’s drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.
So equating homosexuals with pedophiles and calling for the murder of foreign heads of state is part of the "magic of this country," while Jeremiah Wright’s remarks are "inflammatory and appalling." Interesting.
And does Obama really think that Warren’s comments about gays aren’t degrading?
There is a respectful and civil (even if clearly wrong) case to make against gay marriage, or against abortion, or in favor of a hard-line towards Iran. But in each case, Warren opts for the most hateful, not respectful, rhetoric to defend his position. Embracing someone like Warren is no more "inclusive" than inviting a White Supremacist or, for that matter, a Christian-hater to deliver the invocation.
The real problem for Obama isn’t that Warren’s against gay marriage and abortion. Joe Biden’s parish priest probably is too. No, the problem is that, by giving Warren this honor, he’s elevating someone who engages in the same kind of hateful remarks he’s already on the record condemning. And it’s very difficult to explain that contradiction except to conclude that it’s exceedingly cynical on the part of Obama.
Questioning the morals of the gays, not a problem. Questioning the morals of the United States? Unacceptable.