Revolution #151, December 28, 2008
A Question for the Kool-Aid Drinkers:
Back then you supported Barack Obama because you didn’t like the way that Bush was giving backing to the reactionary Christian fascist movement which aimed to impose its morality on society.
But now Barack Obama announced that Rick Warren will give the invocation at his inauguration. This inauguration, of course, is being vested with all kinds of symbolic significance, way beyond the ordinary. And now Obama has given Rick Warren a major part, and platform, as some sort of moral authority with the power to call down blessings on to Obama and America.
Rick Warren, this “moral paragon,” not only believes but actively attempts to impose as law the following reactionary ideas:
- That gay people should NOT have equal rights—and specifically, Warren only just now campaigned extremely actively in the bigoted, reactionary drive to deprive gay people of the right to marry.
- That abortion is murder, and that the legalization of abortion in America—a law which not only enabled women to control their own reproduction but also literally saved thousands of lives a year—that this emancipatory ruling is comparable to the NAZI Holocaust! And Warren not only believes this crap, but tells his followers to vote for those who would outlaw abortion and DENY women the right to control their own reproduction.
- That the world is only 6,000 years old and that species did not evolve but that instead the actual account of how life came to be is found in the Judeo-Christian “origin myths” of the Bible. Not only that, Warren believes that this particular origin myth should be taught as the truth in the schools, and that evolution (for now) should be taught as only one possible explanation—which is the (admitted) first step in a strategy to eventually officially suppress the teaching of evolution in public schools.
The demonization and denial of rights to gay people; the refusal of the most basic and intimate rights to women; and the suppression of critical thought—all to be enforced by the power of law. This is Rick Warren’s morality and this is (part of) his very political agenda. And now Barack Obama uses the power of his office to announce to the world, from the very first moment of his term, that this friendly-faced Christian Fascist is an important authority on morality, whose lunatic and reactionary spouting should be accorded great prominence and serious consideration.
Question: is this the change you want? Is this the change you believe in?
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