Thursday, December 18, 2008
The choice of Pastor Rick Warren to present the invocation at the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20th has cause quite a stir. Warren endorsed Proposition 8, which rescinded the legal rights of gays to marry in California. He cited "the tyranny of activist judges" in explaining how those rights were recognized before being voted down.
Similar to others who are opposed to gay marriage, Warren doesn't understand that it is the role of the courts to enforce equal protection under the law, as guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.
Warren's statement in the video above that opposition to gay marriage is valid since it has not been recognized by various religions has two major flaws. First, we don't live in a theocracy in which policy is set by religious beliefs, despite the wishes of the right-wing American Taliban. Second, the fact that prejudices are ancient does not justify them. Most alarmingly, Warren has elsewhere likened gay marriage to incest, child rape and polygamy.
But the video above also contains some reassuring words from Warren (h/t Think Progress):
Q: Your position has raised the specter that you are homophobic.
Q: Are you homophobic?
Warren: Of course not. I have always treated them with respect. When they come and want to talk to me, I talk to them. When the protesters came, we served them water and donuts.
Ah, water and donuts. If only more people had known about the snack he provided, this entire silly fuss about Proposition 8 would have been brushed aside.