Monday, December 22, 2008
He can't be the enemy. He doesn't even wear a tie.
Here's something I have in common with the novelist Jane Smiley: Last week, Joe Biden asked me for money, too.
Unlike Ms. Smiley, I didn't send the Obama campaign the legal limit, just more than I could afford, given my situation now. I worked for these people for free, and what did that get me? I mean, other than spam my gmail account doesn't recognize as spam?
Apparently, so far, not a heck of a lot.
I got an e-mail from the Obama campaign telling me I was invited to the inauguration, but upon closer reading, the e-mail said I was in line to win a lottery that would give me an invitation to the inauguration. Thanks, anyway, I can't make it. I don't have the money to fly across country and I can't afford to take the time off work.
Rick Warren, on the other hand, got a real invitation, and he can afford to re-schedule stuff to make time to show up. He also gets to stand on stage and speak to the crowd.
Rick Warren is one of those people who supposedly "disagrees without being disagreeable". You know, the folks who don't actually hate Obama when they call him a baby killer and compare abortion to the Holocaust. One of the folks who want to strip away rights legally granted to their fellow citizens, but don't actually hate those fellow citizens, because Warren gives them donuts and water when they show up to protest.
He's not really just a younger, slicker version of Jerry Falwell. Look! He doesn't even wear a tie. How can you call someone an agent of intolerance when he doesn't even wear a tie?
Rick Warren is against homosexuality for the same reasons he's against pedophilia and polygamy and incest.
Okay, Rick, define pedophilia. There is no age of consent in the Bible. There are rites of passage into manhood that are given to boys of twelve and thirteen. Some religious people like Jerry Falwell, the miserable dead bastard you physically resemble, are very happy to say anything bad that happens to us as a people or a nation is because we've rejected God. Maybe God is annoyed because we have decided adulthood should start at sixteen or eighteen or twenty one.
After all, who died and made us God?
No need to define incest, it's right there in the Bible. Lot and his daughters are not immediately punished by God for incest, though their descendants, the Moabites and Ammonites, are considered unclean for ten generations by the other Hebrews. Talk about blaming the victims and holding a grudge.
Sex with angels? God's on the case, and a couple of cities have gots to go.
Sex with your daughters? That's more of an administrative thing, and God can leave it to the rabbis.
Polygamy? Not a problem, not at all. King Solomon the polygamist is famed for his wisdom and gets a few books to tell his story in his own words.
So Rick Warren's ideas of equally bad sexual situations are just that: Rick Warren's ideas. Not God's, not the Bible's. Things Rick Warren thinks are icky because he's a guy who grew up in a society that defined those things as icky. I grew up in this society, too, and I think some of them are icky. I don't pretend my decisions are biblically based. In general, I reserve my judgments based on participants being consenting adults and if they produce offspring, taking care of those offspring.
But Rick Warren, the jackass best selling author, gets a real invitation to the inauguration. Matty Boy, the broke-ass West Coast mofo blogger who actually put his time and money into getting Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States, he gets what broke-ass mofos always get.
Thanks a lot and better luck next time.
Well, Mr. President-elect, best of luck with the celebration. Right now, most of the things you are doing are ceremonial or preparation for the real job of governing. But please remember this. Those of us who helped to get you elected really do want to see a change from the practices of government we have seen for the last eight years.