Sandra Bernhard rocks!

Here's what she says about Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration: 

 

 
Change?  I am sitting today in New York City in disbelief.

After the past eight years of twisted lies and cynical abuse by the Bush administration.  After the long hard fought campaigns of Clinton, Obama and McCain. After Obama’s victory and the euphoria of the election… here we are once again stunned by the shock and awe of total stupidity.

How can Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States of America, invite one of the most divisive religious leaders in the world to invocate his inauguration? This is the day the world was supposed to change, for the better, the more compassionate, inclusive, forgiving, thoughtful. 

To choose Rick Warren, who actively fought the gay communities legal right to full protection of our constitution, is completely reckless. This is a person who compares gay marriage to that of a brother and sister union. This is a man who vocally diminishes the legitimacy of gays.

The inauguration is no place for this religious fundamentalism in any way shape or form. We can have that conversation later in the proper setting. This is the day that is supposed to restore the true meaning of brotherhood and the rights for all Americans. To lift the veils of secrecy and hatred and the ugly
legacy we have left behind! This is how Barack Obama chooses to begin his legacy? I am deeply angered and terribly disappointed at this turn of events.
I think Mr. Obama needs to reevaluate this decision immediately.

It is unacceptable!

 


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Yeah, we get all this reaching across the aisle stuff

Rajah's picture

But the inauguration is your party. Why invite this jerk to your party? What's next, hiring the KKK for crowd control?

Fuck all these cocksuckers.

michael3b's picture

This is not a time for retribution...it is a time for accountability. If these people don't go to jail; (gonzalez, bremer, cheney etc.) then obama is a failure outta the gate.

Change

gamerarocks's picture

The guy isn't in office yet and everyone's bitching.  Christ if you wanted things to change this immediately why didn't you shut the f*** up about the 2nd amendment issues and start a f****** civil war.  As our FUTURE 44th president said REPEATEDLY on the campaign trail, change isn't just about him, or about Washington.  It's about us.  ALL of us.  And guess what, that includes Rick Warren too.  If Rick Warren is willing to accept change enough to step across the line to convocate at the inauguration, I can change enough to give him a chance to show he's not just a fundamentalist whack-a-do. 

This administration should be about finding ways that we as Americans, ALL Americans, can work together to build a stronger future.  And that means Americans from the 7% who think Bush was a great president to anarchists who think all government is wrong.

Gaining a consensious in politics is a tricky thing.  Politics isn't about 'Us vs Them', no matter what the last 8 years have tried to do, it's about we the people.  The sooner everyone accepts that we all have our part of play, the sooner change can begin.

Oh really

FearlessFreep's picture

Does anyone seriously believe that participating in Obama's inaugural will soften Warren's opposition to gay rights?  It's more likely that the religious right will take it as a signal that they should stand firm and expect the Democrats to make all the concessions.

Fundamentalists don't negotiate.  They take and take.

Yes really

gamerarocks's picture

Personally I couldn't care less whether or not Mr Warren's stance softens, although I would like it to.  Simply having Obama and Warren talk over things is a positive in my eyes. 

As I said, change is about us all, and that includes fundamentalists.  As long as EVERYONE continues to look at things as us v them and excluding those whose thoughts don't match up, we all lose.

If Mr Warren's stance is unchanged, what exactly has Obama lost?  Not a damn thing.

Okay, I'll be waiting to see if Republicans follow his example

Rajah's picture

But I won't be holding me breath

Republicans?

gamerarocks's picture

Using the plural I'll assume you mean more than one; how many will it take, and why does it require qualification?

Kicking the Right in the junk...

Wulfgar's picture

...and taking its wallet can wait. I love Sandra and am 151% behind gay marriage, but goddamn, shut the fuck up, Sandy Vadge.

~I'm going to Hell and I just don't care.~

 

Yeah, What Wulfie said

Coaster's picture

I like gay marriage so much that me and my wife were thinking of getting one.  And trust me when I tell you that you cannot fathom the hatred I feel for people like Rick Warren.  If that f****** ever placed his hands on me, he'd pull back stubs.  But I applaud Obama's decision to reach out to the Religious Right. He promised a change, and this sort of reaching across the aisle matches up with the promise.  I'm sick of politics as usual and this, you have to admit, is unusual. We cannot continue to travel down the same divisive path and make any kind of progress as a country. So it is with an open heart that I say that moderates and lefties should extend the hand of friendship and understanding to the selfish self-deluded science-hating morons on the religious right. it's something that can be easily done if one used the other hand to pinch one's nostrils shut.

If it were up to me, of course, there would be no mention of God, Jesus, Allah, Ra, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster in a civil ceremony ever, but the reality being what it is, I like the way it's being handled. (Okay, the Flying Spaghetti Monster could maybe stay....)

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