I can understand Obama’s desire to embrace constituencies that have rejected him. Evangelicals are in that category and Warren is an important evangelical leader with whom, Obama said, “we’re not going to agree on every single issue.” He went on to say, “We can disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.” Sounds nice.
But what we do not “hold in common” is the dehumanization of homosexuals. What we do not hold in common is the belief that gays are perverts who have chosen their sexual orientation on some sort of whim. What we do not hold in common is the exaltation of ignorance that has led and will lead to discrimination and violence.
Oh, you mean like this story (via Corrente) about a lesbian being gang-raped last weekend and left naked on the street in California? Yeah, that sounds like violent discrimination to me. Over to you again, Richard:
Finally, what we do not hold in common is the categorization of a civil rights issue — the rights of gays to be treated equally — as some sort of cranky cultural difference. For that we need moral leadership, which, on this occasion, Obama has failed to provide. For some people, that’s nothing to celebrate.
We don’t negotiate with terrorists, so we shouldn’t negotiate with people’s civil rights. (Especially not other people’s rights. Nor should we vote on them, because no one else’s civil rights are ever as vital or as important as yours, are they?) Even Richard Cohen understands this, people! How much more conventional do you really need your wisdom?
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