There has been much buzz of late in the LGBT community regarding Obama's controversial choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at next week's inauguration ceremonies. The old adage that "politics makes strange bedfellows" seems apt but, falls short of assuaging feelings of hurt and betrayal by LGBT folks. Ironically, the only rationale for inviting Warren is to be inclusive yet, conferring this honor on someone who advocates bigotry has achieved the precisely opposite effect. Yes, the President Elect faces many demanding and superhuman emergencies as he assumes the responsibilities of his Office.
The national and international economy is in near ruins. The Middle East is bloodier than ever and it will take skillful diplomacy if not Divine intervention to pull us out of the mess in which we now find ourselves embroiled. Countless human lives have been lost along with trillions (that's with a "T") of dollars in the Iraq war. Alan Greenspan said that we went to war in Iraq for OIL, full stop. All of "W"'s Wilsonian idealism about the Middle East is, and I'm being charitable here, idealism at best. At worst, it represents a cynical smoke and mirror attempt to dupe the American people which has resulted in a bankrupt nation and decades of anti-American sentiments internationally which have placed the world in a recklessly dangerous predicament. Not to mention global warming, rising sea levels and the proliferation of nuclear weapons to regimes holding extremist positions.
The LGBT community is being asked by Obama to take one for the team. As we were asked by former President Clinton to take one for the team. Then, we were asked to sacrifice being able to serve openly in the Armed Forces so that we could obtain National Health Care. In the end, we got neither.
In the light of all of this, whoever delivers the inaugural invocation seems as insignificant as the pattern of the china on the Titanic. Who cares? This line of reasoning could dismiss the whole controversy. However,in times as bleak as these, what we need most from the Obama campaign is for them to deliver on their motto: HOPE.
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