Friday, December 19, 2008

Anti gay marriage but pro Gay marriage is closing: Blessing Barack Obama's inauguration with controversy!

I just love it! It is vintage Obama reaching out to both sides, i think this is great! While gay rights groups were busy objecting to the selection of Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren, who opposes same-sex marriage, to give the invocation at the inauguration, they may have failed to notice who is giving the benediction.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, 87, is best known as a civil rights icon and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He also comes from a liberal Christian mainline religious tradition, the United Methodist Church.

In 2000, Lowery, gave what was described as an electrifying speech calling for gay clergy, to the dinner during the general convention of the United Methodist Church, the nation's second largest Protestant denomination.

According to Affirmation, which describes itself as newsletter for United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns:

Lowery, noted over the years for his ability to not only "talk the talk" but "walk the walk," addressed a series of justice issues that still challenge us in this first year of the 21st century. Among these issues are ... the risk the church takes when it restricts, limits and excludes those whose orientation is homosexual. Dr. Lowery wondered out loud, "how could the church, because of a person's sexual orientation, deny ministry to those whom God has called?" He then suggested that he would prefer to err on the side of inclusion rather than exclusion.

And in 2004, he told ABC News he supported same sex marriage:

When you talk about the law discriminating, the law granting a privilege here, and a right here and denying it there, that's a civil rights issue. And I can't take that away from anybody. So Obama's ceremony will begin and end with high profile pastors. He defended today the choice of megachurch pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and omni-present evangelical figure on the public scene, to offer the invocation.

Still, some people say there shouldn't be prayers offered at this civic event -- separation of church and state and all that. Others say this is an overwhelmingly God-believing nation (however you see God) and that everyone shares in asking God's blessings for its leader. For many years, the familiar face at the podium was Billy Graham, who called on the Lord on the president's behalf. At George W. Bush's first inaugural, those prayers took a sharp, sectarian turn when the invocation by Franklin Graham, standing in for his frail father, and benediction by Texas pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell each concluded in Jesus' name.

Critics observed that by doing so, they cut out a swath of American citizens who don't pray to Jesus but do want to say amen to blessings for their president. Franklin Graham gave no ground on this. Caldwell later said he would have handled his prayer differently, to be more inclusive.
Will the prayers by Warren and Lowery include all the millions tuned in? Is this a civic event or a religious event? Can it be both? Will supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage be able to say, "Amen?"


Dave Dubya said...

The easiest path for Obama to a "successful" presidency is to work and cooperate with the Right. We know how that usually goes. The Left compromises toward the Right's satisfaction.

That was Clintonism. Let's hope Obama can do better.

Weaseldog said...

Dave, he doesn't seem to be moving in that direction.

Now he's putting Monsanto shills into cabinet posts.

The family farm is going to get killed off as increasing subsidies and powers are granted to Monsanto.

It's time to be preparing for that spring garden, you will be glad you did.

Mauigirl said...

Very interesting. In all the hoo-rah about Warren I never even heard about the closing act.

I agree with you - this is Obama being his usual self, trying to have all the voices at the table. I just hope he hasn't alienated his LGBT supporters permanently with this choice.

an average patriot said...

I agree! You know, the chief scum promised to unite the party's while intending to divide them.
Obama promised to unite them and incorporate both abd he is. He promised to take care of everyone and he is showing he plans on it! I love it!

an average patriot said...

I still have to hope Obama will take care of the worker and average Americans. We were right all along in saying we better be prepared for the future by producing as much of your own food as possible. This as you know is still just beginning and will get alot worse in every respect!
Did you hear that scum Blogojevich today? I am sick of these scum!

an average patriot said...

Maui girl
Vintage Obama, I love it! He is going to do the best for all if given the chance! He truly is to be all ancompassing and not divisive and sacrificiaql as Bush the scum!

One Fly said...

Yo Jim - I hadn't heard this either. Yea lets see how this turns out.

D.K. Raed said...

I truly wish we could dispense with these invocations and benedictions altogether. If we have to have them (for tradition or because we still need our god-fix), then the best I can hope for is some bland unifying blessing that does not alienate too many people. When they start getting too specific, I tune them out. Sorry to say, it is all too ritualistic for me. Oh, but I keep forgetting, we are a Christian Nation. Can Pastor Rick rise to occasion and deliver a nice unifying prayer? I hope so.

an average patriot said...

Hey Tom
I love it! The focus is the misguided anger from the Gay community. I love it that a pro gay priest is closing but you hear absolutely nothing of that. I am really looking forward to his inauguration and hope nothing bad happens!

an average patriot said...

Hi Red
Glad to see you! I agree! I think Warren will be okay as long as he sticks to the subject of Obama and unity!
Even Lowery I hope stays on message! The country and the world need it nut further division. The scary thing is you can not trust anyone today and until they are done talking you can never trust what is going to come out of their mouth!
I am slowly getting back to normal but I have another military son coming home today so bear with me!