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You can't have it both ways

December 23, 2008 - Bill Speer
I have a friend who is a crusty curmudgeon. As such, he is doesn’t worry about being politically correct or even sensitive to other’s feelings. If he sees something he doesn’t agree with, he calls the person out on it and worries about the fall-out afterward.

Today I feel like being a crust curmudgeon. In particular, I am offended by the heat President-elect Barack Obama is taking asking The Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California to deliver his inaugural prayer in January. Who would have thought a person being asked to deliver one simple prayer would stir such a controvery? Yet it has.

It seems that those who supported the same-sex marriage proposal in California that was defeated in November are outraged over the selection. Warren was an out-spoken opponent of the proposition and the proponents believe Obama has committed a sin inviting such a figure to play a prominent role in the inauguration.

So please explain to me this new double-standard that seems to be in play here. How is it groups that always are clamoring for tolerance be so intolerant toward another? Isn’t that the height of hypocrisy?

And, if they feel that way about Warren, how do they reconcile then their support for Obama? During the presidential campaign and at a Saddleback Church interview with Warren, Obama said: “"I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian -- for me as a Christian -- it is also a sacred union."

I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like a pretty traditional marriage perspective and leaves no wiggle room for anything else.

It’s times like these that leave me shaking my head.

This one has me feeling curmudgeonly, and it’s time to call these nay-sayers out on the issue.


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