This is exactly why I can never consider myself a member of the hysterical left, via an article in Time…
Obama has honored Warren, but they shouldn’t be surprised. Obama has proved himself repeatedly to be a very tolerant, very rational-sounding sort of bigot. He is far too careful and measured a man to say anything about body parts fitting together or marriage being reserved for the nonpedophilic, but all the same, he opposes equality for gay people when it comes to the basic recognition of their relationships.
I can understand how Obama giving the most important symbolic religious position at his inauguration to an opponent of gay marriage rights would be a bit tough for the gay community to swollow (especially after Prop 8 and Obama’s lack of public interest in it). But, the overreaction is maddenning. Obama is now a bigot for even associating with anyone with a different opinion on that single issue? Are we so wrapped up in a single issue that we ignore the fact that Rick Warren has, in fact, done great things for others (including donating millions, 90% of his earnings, for a plethora of charitable works in which he takes a very active role)? And can we ignore that the other religious figure at the event is a strong supporter of gay marriage?
If the gay community assumes that anyone who doesn’t support marriage rights is an awful bigot who hates us, than the struggle to actually make the change will drag out much longer than it needs to. The arguments against my equality are absurd, insulting, and harmful. But the individuals who use them are much more complex than their arguments against gay marrige; we must not forget that.
I have no doubt that I once held positions on certain issues that I would now consider unbelievably foolish. I wouldn’t want to be forever labeled by those former issue positions, and so I am not going to force that upon others. I will argue until I’m blue that Rick Warren’s position on gay marriage is unfounded and ridiculous. But taking the whole man down because of that is not only wrong, it’s counterproductive.