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Conjecture: Obama and the Shifting of the Center. December 19, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in Obama, Opinion, Politics.
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Courtesy Open to the Future.

Why Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to give an opening prayer at the inauguration is a lesson for environmental activists — and poses a troubling question about the future.

If you follow political news in the US, you’re probably aware that President-Elect Barack Obama has asked conservative Pastor Rick Warren to give the opening invocation for the inauguration ceremony (Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and open supporter of gay marriage, will give the closing benediction). Given that Warren is known for some fairly un-Obama-like statements (explicitly comparing gay marriage to pedophilia, calling for the assassination of Iran’s leaders), this selection has been a smidge controversial, with quite a few liberals seeing this as Obama having “peed in the ol’ cornflakes” of gay and progressive supporters. The uproar about this choice, however, has in turn been met with dismissive or angry replies from other Obama supporters, who say that having Warren speak for two minutes is pretty close to meaningless, and it’s a good move by Obama to be willing to reach out to communities that didn’t vote for him in November. Some even argue that it’s smart politics for Obama to attack liberals to show his independence.

It struck me, reading the debate online (and having a mild debate of my own over Twitter with Howard Rheingold), that not only are both sides right in this, it’s actually very useful to have this kind of debate be so public, even if it gets caricatured as “the Left vs Obama.”

-Article Continued @ Sourced Site.

Editorial Comment: The way I read this, we as progressives  need to stick to our ‘guns’ as it were. What do y’all think? -Shinai

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