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Barack Obama Is Not My President

It may be hard now, in the post-election, pre-inauguration time when Barack Obama has made his victory, but isn’t actually responsible for government, to remember the serious flaws in Obama’s campaign. You may not be in the mood to try to remember these things, feeling that it’s better to concentrate on hope for change. If you do take a minute, however, to think back to the way that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign was conducted, some rather uncomfortable issues will come back to mind.

You might remember Obama’s use of preacher Donnie McClurkin, who combined religion and hatred of gays to build his base. You might remember how non-religious Americans were treated as second-class citizens at the Democrats’ presidential convention this summer. You might remember that Barack Obama campaigned against same-sex marriage. You also might remember how Obama submitted to the religious test of a faith-based interrogation by Christian preacher Rick Warren, during which which Obama declared that believes himself to be an instrument of God’s will.

Whenever these incidents came up, Obama’s supporters told those of us who care about equal rights not to worry. It’s just the election, they said. Well, the election’s come and gone, and Obama doesn’t have to pander for votes any more, but Obama is still up to the same old garbage he pulled during the campaign.

That’s the reason so many liberals like me are upset at Barack Obama choosing Rick Warren, of all people, to give a religious invocation at his Inauguration. It’s just one more confirmation that the worst aspects of the Obama campaign were not just political triangulation – they were a reflection of serious flaws in Obama’s personality, flaws that we’re going to have to deal with for as long as Obama is President. Barack Obama seems to have a real blind spot when it comes to discrimination against non-heterosexuals and non-Christians.

Rick Warren is the guy who announced that he wouldn’t ever vote for an atheist for President because an atheist wouldn’t have the capabilities necessary for the office. Rick Warren was a big supporter of Prop 8, a law which took equal rights away from same sex couples in California.

Now, Barack Obama is affirming these actions by selecting Rick Warren in particular, out of 300 million Americans, to introduce his Inauguration with a church and state blending Christian prayer. Obama says his choice of Warren isn’t about supporting Warren’s positions, but that’s bull. Obama didn’t speak out against Prop 8 during the campaign. Obama opposed same-sex marriage and embraced anti-gay bigots. Obama embraced Bush’s faith-based initiatives, and failed to stand up for non-religious Americans at the Democratic convention. All through the campaign, Obama pushed to mix religion and politics. Barack Obama has been a consistent supporter of the same arrogant and offensive agenda that makes Rick Warren unpalatable to Americans who believe in constitutional rights and equality.

This action lets me know that Barack Obama will never speak up for my rights as a non-Christian American. Barack Obama is not my President. He’s President of the United States, and I’m a citizen of the United States, so he certainly is President of my nation, but Obama is not a President representing me, or working in my interests. People like me are not part of Obama’s vision of America. Neither are the GLBT citizens of our nation.

Barack Obama defends his choice of Rick Warren by saying that he wants to have a diverse Inauguration Ceremony. Diverse? Is that why he’s following Christian Rick Warren’s Christian invocation with a closing religious benediction by another Christian preacher, Reverend Joseph Lowery? If the Inauguration is diverse, where are the non-Christians in the ceremony? Where are the atheists? Where are the gays and lesbians? Hm. They’re not in the ceremony.

For Barack Obama, diversity means making special room for bigots, while excluding the people that the bigots discriminate against. Barack Obama’s idea of diversity is not diversity at all.

27 comments to Barack Obama Is Not My President

  • dave

    Accept Christ. Anger gone. Problem solved.

  • Really? So if I just agree to go along with what you say I should do, then I wouldn’t need to feel angry any more?

    And I wouldn’t need to worry about having equal rights and religious freedom if I’d just join the dominant religion?

    Hmmm. Something in my mind suggests that I don’t follow your advice… What could it be?

    Maybe it’s that I don’t think that freedom and diversity are a problem. I think that bigotry is the problem.

  • dave

    Or maybe your angry at Christians.Hmmmm.

  • Eric

    I can deny gravity too, but I would do so at my peril. It is written that every knee shall bow and confess Christ as lord – even the demons and principalities admit that. It really just depends on if one is counted among those covered by God’s grace through confessing Jesus as one’s personal savior. But then again, the apostle Paul writes that faith in Christ is “a stumbling block to the Greeks”, i.e. those who prize their intellectual dexterity at manipulating spiritual truths into outcomes they can better approve of. God rules, and all of our mental gymnastics won’t change his plans. God bless you!

    • Eric, it is written that in Milwaukee, you can call Pizza Shuttle at 289-9999. That’s written on the pizza box in front of me. It is also written that Saddam Hussein has massive arsenals of weapons of mass destruction that will destroy us unless we invade right away. That’s written in newspapers and magazines from 2003. This comment is written too. Anyone can write anything. Saying “it is written” isn’t an argument. It’s just a statement of what you want to believe to be true.

      Now, anonymous, I’m not sure what you’re getting at when you suggest that I sin my toast. Do I need to get a special kind of topping for my bread to do that?

    • Jim

      It is also written that at McDonalds, they do it all for you – even the Hamburgler admits that. It is also written that Everybody Loves Raymond – even Raymond’s mom admits that. It is also written that “The area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed: we know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat” – even Dick Cheney admits that.

      If you really think that every knee shall bow and confess Christ as lord, then you have not been paying attention to the world, in which billions live and die doing no such thing. The world contains many different beliefs and many different varieties of nonbelief. The world is bigger than your Bible.

  • Anonymous

    You cannot talk sense to a senseless Liberal, everyone is a bigot accept for them. Don’t make me Laugh, you are the Biggest haters of all. Sin is sin! homosexuality is a sin you cannot stop that even if you make people stop saying it you are only hurting yourself believe me I was run by a car when I was a young child and there is a God who allowed me to come back you are drawn to that God by a force you will not stop and you will stand before him and if you are in sin you will die again for good…. sex without marriage is sin amongst heterosexuals, Lying is a sin,stealing is sin, you have to stop the sin question and if you meet God with sin your toast, make fun all you like but for one know it is true you do not any longer care about your body after you die Nuff said… i know the Imps will laugh and make fun but I could care less you will not make fun after wards and shutting people up will not help you either, it will only pour the coals…

  • tom

    Anonymous: why would your “god” want you run over by a car? When i got run over by a car at 7 years of age, it was because i “ran” a stop sign on my bike (i ignored it because i thought it was only for cars)and the person in the car perpendicular to my U – turn was speeding. i’m (i suppose) fortunate that i recovered from the concussion and broken ribs in a month-long, out of school, recuperation period. i don’t blame god for the accident or thank “him” for my recovery – it just is what it is without anything to do with our conscious selves – same as all the other happenings (bad and good, for whatever they’re worth).

  • dave

    Blah blah blah you’re a bigot blah blah blah the Bible is just a book blah blah blah you don’t let me practice anything I want blah blah blah no freedom blah blah blah that’s the way I’m born blah blah blah diversity.

    Jim and J. Clifford. Try to figure out some type of loop. That way you could just keep saying the same things over and over again without having to retype the same old rantings.

    • Dave, it must be so tiring for you to hear people asking to live in freedom when your religious leaders are taking it away. I have so much sympathy for you having to hear people ask for equality under the law, and then ask for it again when it’s demanded. Are you okay? Has it hurt you too much to have to listen to this? I feel so insensitive. How could I have not taken your feelings into account? You poor, poor thing.

      • Jon

        Funny thing when you say that the “Christians” are taking your rights away. I don’t know of a single “Christian” that wants to FORCE you to accept their religion. I’ve never heard of a singe instance where you have been forced to participate in a Religious ceremony against your will. However I see daily reminder of the bigotry of atheists who demand that their version of reality be enshrined as the only publicly allowable one.
        I remember when I was in school and we could have a minute of prayer. Anyone that wanted to could, anyone who didn’t want to, didn’t have to. But now the only allowable religion in schools is the A-theist one. Their creed, “I don’t so your not going to either!” And don’t give me that crap about the separation of Church and state. It’s to allow freedom of, not from.
        If by your rights as a “non Christian American” you mean that you will never be subjected any Christian subject matter outside of a church, get real it is NEVER going to happen. This is a pluralistic society. People are going to have different customs, religions, ceremonies and beliefs that your aren’t comfortable with. Everybody doesn’t have to live in the vacuum of the a-theist mindset. And it is fine for all of those differences to be allowed public expression. Until one demands that it is the ONE, the Only way for every one to express themselves. As as far as I can see the only people who are doing that are atheist.

        HOLD IT! NOBODY CAN HAVE THEIR RELIGION PUBLICLY APPROVED, BUT ME! A-Theist’s DON’T BELIEVE IN god, SO ANY PUBLIC DISPLAY, VIOLATES MY RIGHTS. SO IN PUBLIC FROM NOW ON, EVERYONE MUST ACT UNDER THE A-THEIST CREDO. NO MENTION OF god, NO INCLUSION OF god, NOTHING, BECAUSE TO DO SO VIOLATES>>>>MY ANTI-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. AND I AM GOING TO WHINE!

        You’re like the color blind man that because he can’t see color, demands that pictures need to be printed in black and white.

        Let’s face it the only freedom your worried about is yours.

    • Ralph

      Blah blah freedom, blah blah equality, blah blah.

      I know, Dave. Don’t you just get sick and tired of people rambling on about freedom and equality before the law and all that crap!

      Damn lib’rels!

  • dave

    Jim,

    Please forgive me for bieng so insensitive. I can tell you have really been hurt. Or was that sarcasm?
    Pleae, enlighten me. Exactly what freedom has been taken away from you?

  • Flu-Bird

    I see where their already minting comemorative coins show BARACK OBAMAs ugly mug right with our FOUNDING FATHERS just a way to dihonor them from a bunch of liberals I mean its a wonder their not already bowing down to him or washing and kissing his feet or making HUMA SACRIFICES in his name I mean its like in ANCENT EGYPT and their PHAROHS their treating him like some god or something THESE PATHEIC BUNCH OF NIT-WITS

    • Ralph

      Excellent point. When someone mints a commemorative coin with a president’s image on it, I often suspect myself that human sacrifice can’t be too far off.

  • Maddy

    LMFAO You all are a bunch of whining babies. Suck it up and get over it. We have to deal with the BS for the next 4 years. No amount of complaining is going to change that. So do us all a favor and SHUT UP !

    • Junga

      Wait a minute. Is this a joke, Maddy? You’re whining that other people are whining?

      As a rule, I don’t trust people whose political ideology depends upon other people shutting up.

  • laila

    wow quite the diversity in thoughts and beliefs.

    I got a question – It is my understanding that GOD created earth and all of mankind. If we are all his children, would we not all be loved equally, regardless of our beliefs, religious or otherwise? Do parents love one child more than another?

    Anonymous – I am curious, did you actually meet God like others claim they did when they had near death experiences?

  • john

    Catch AIDS, Die painfully, Problem solved…

  • Russ

    No. 12: What a sad, pathetic pig you are. I’ll pray for your salvation. You’re going to need it.

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