Mother Davis cowers after forgetting to call her husband sir, and resentfully notes,
A lot of people are still pretending that the only reason to object to Rick Warren’s official religious invocation to introduce the inauguration of Barack Obama is that Rick Warren has been a strident opponent of equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Those who have bothered to actually research Rick Warren know that Warren’s right wing homophobia is just the start of his offensive activity.
Let’s consider the position of women as an example. Rick Warren teaches that women are inferior to men to the same extent that the church is inferior to Jesus up in heaven. Rick Warren teaches that wives must be submissive to their husbands. Why? Rick Warren cites the Bible, specifically the Book of Ephesians, chapter 5, verses 22 to 23:
“You wives must submit to your husbands’ leadership in the same way you submit to the Lord. For a husband is in charge of his wife in the same way Christ is in charge of His body the Church. (He gave His very life to take care of it and be its Savior!) So you wives must willingly obey your husbands in everything, just as the Church obeys Christ.”
You know what this quote is? It’s not claimed to be the words of Jesus, or Moses, much less God himself. It’s just a part of a letter that church leader Paul wrote to some of his followers. It’s the ancient equivalent of an advice column.
Rick Warren claims that women are inferior to men on the basis of nothing more than a letter that some guy wrote almost two thousand years ago. Is that change we can believe in?
For Barack Obama to give Rick Warren the special place of honor of introducing his Inauguration is an insult to all the women who worked hard to elect him as President of the United States. If Barack Obama really believes in equality, he ought to say so, and repudiate Rick Warren, and take Warren out of the official inaugural proceedings.
If President-Elect Obama can’t summon the strength to do that, then all his talk about change and hope and equality was nothing more than a bunch of pretty talk.
Straightening her spine,