Thursday, December 18, 2008

Personal Responsibility

If you take every penny you have and put it on the craps table in Las Vegas, one roll of the dice could leave you broke.

Or rich.

Either way, it's your responsibility. There have been grumblings that perhaps the Federal government will step in to solve the Madoff debacle. It would be a huge mistake, in my opinion. People who bet everything on one person had to know there was a real possibility that they would lose.

Just like at the craps table.

Which brings me to our esteemed president-elect Obama. Rick Warren, a serious homophobic bigot, will be delivering the invocation at the inauguration.


Some have claimed it is the responsibility of the Inaugural committee. I disagree. It is the personal responsibility of the man at the top. As Pam Spaulding said, "the buck stops with the man at the top of the food chain."

She's right.

This is a moment of setting a tone for the administration. While I understand Obama's message has been to bring everyone in under the Big Tent, to hear all voices and to have them work together, there are other evangelical, fundamentalists who are far less rabid about LGBT issues- and women's choice issues- than Warren.

While it is not the end of the world, or my hope for the Obama presidency, I do feel the tire tracks of the bus I've just been thrown under.

And it doesn't feel good.

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Blogger Rev. Bob said...

I've written to and written a comment on

I'll be keeping an eye open for other places where we have a chance to be effective.

We do not validate bigotry. We do not compromise with evil. We do not settle for gradual progress. We do not ask former Senator Obama politely. We demand that he take Warren off the program.

People are saying they'll turn their backs on Rick Warren in protest. I'm turning my back on Barack Obama.

He can say whatever he wants in his inaugural address. I won't be listening.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Sue J said...

Yeah, but we get to have a marching band in the parade. Or something.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Rev. Bob said...

Like one of my wife's favorite T-shirts: "Do I look like a people person?"

Do we look> like people who are going to give up?

10:23 PM  
Blogger s. said...

Sadly, I am not surprised.

Obama's been clear all along -- he doesn't like us, he doesn't think we deserve equal treatment under the law, and he wants us to shut up.

He could've stopped Prop 8. Instead he said things that were used by the Pro 8 ads. He could get rid of DADT, but he said he won't. He could stand up for reproductive rights, but he waffles.

Obama is NOT our new bicycle.

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