So It's Really True ~ Barack Obama Consorts With Radical Clerics?
Among the most prominent episodes in the election season just past was when Barack Obama threw Jeremiah Wright, his "friend" and long-time pastor, under the bus of right wing outrage. I thought he was wrong to do so for two reasons. First, what Wright was alleged to have done was criticize the racial history of the United States in frank ways. Perhaps you found Wright outrageous? Too bad. You might not like Wright's language, but your offense seems a slight inconvenience when placed on the scales with the history he rightly related. Second, guilt by association is an insidious and invidious symptom of paranoia in American politics. It is no more attractive now than it has been historically.
Well, according to this report The Nation, the president-elect now has invited a radical right-wing cleric to participate in his inaugural ceremonies. Let's not ask why any religious leader is involved in saying prayers at the inauguration. That would require that we ponder the little matter of separating church and state. But assuming that most of the oppressive religious majority would be shocked and offended if we only merely said "here is the new president, you can clap now!" and left out all the god-talk, why did Obama pick feel compelled to pick a homophobic, anti-abortion zealot like Rick Warren? Are bigots eligible to pronounce the invocation?