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We Are One, Except For Gays

People have been gushing about the inaugural concert held yesterday: “Oh my God! did you hear the We Are One concert? Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger were on stage together! It was so awesome!” So that’s the change that Barack Obama was going to bring to Washington D.C.? Better inauguration music?

What you may not have heard is what Barack Obama’s inaugural committee did before Springsteen and Seeger started singing: They censored Gene Robinson. Responding to public outrage against Barack Obama’s decision to give the special honors of administering an official Christian ritual as part of the Inauguration tomorrow to Rick Warren, a bigoted, misogynistic, anti-science, anti-constitution, extremist right wing preacher, Obama finally agreed to allow Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop, to perform another religious ritual before the concert yesterday, two days before the Inauguation.

The idea was that if you elevate a bigot to an honored position at the height of the Inauguration, you can just let one of the people that bigot preaches hate against make a statement at an obscure time, and it’s all okay. It’s as if Obama would allow a Nazi priest to give an invocation as part of the Inauguration, and then say it’s all just part of diversity, because a rabbi would be giving a blessing at one of the inaugural balls.

But, speaking of balls, Barack Obama didn’t even have the balls to actually allow Gene Robinson to be heard. When Gene Robinson got up to give his prayer, someone turned the microphones off so that the crowd on the National Mall couldn’t hear what he said.

That wasn’t all. It turns out that the Obama inaugural committee contacted HBO, which was televising the We Are One event, and arranged it so that the Gene Robinson prayer would be given 5 minutes before the cameras were turned on. “The producer of the concert has said that the Presidential Inaugural Committee made the decision to keep the invocation as part of the pre-show,” said an HBO statement.

Furthermore, both CNN and MSNBC curiously neglected to show the Gene Robinson prayer, although they broadcast the rest of the pre-show ceremonies. I wonder who arranged that?

Now, facing additional outrage, Barack Obama and his inaugural committee have agreed to allow HBO to broadcast the prayer by Gene Robinson, maybe tomorrow sometime… when maybe people will watch it. Obama now says that gosh, he always intended to allow Gene Robinson to be heard.

Sure he did, which is why his committee arranged for Gene Robinson to be scheduled to take the stage before cameras were rolling, and had the microphones turned off so that even people who were there in person couldn’t hear a word he said.

Barack Obama expects us to believe this? No, no. Barack Obama already lost his credibility on this issue, when he personally arranged to put Rick Warren in the spotlight of his Inauguration.

It seems that Barack Obama believes that we are one, except for gays… and except for atheists… and except for women… and except for scientists… and except… and except… and except…

Just who is this “We” Barack Obama keeps talking about? It sure isn’t me.

9 comments to We Are One, Except For Gays

  • paul

    This is truly sad. Thanks for publishing the sordid details…

  • Jon

    What I find interesting is the fact that Gene Robinson demands that Christianity change to suit his life choice. It is very clear that Homosexuality is not a lifestyle that is compatible with Christian ethics. Whether you agree with that or not is irrelevant. Gene’s choice to be an openly practicing gay Bishop, is the same as someone joining PETA and advocating leather coats at the same time.

    If on the other hand he could find Biblically based reasons for refuting the long held prohibition on the practice of homosexuality, that would be something entirely different.

    • So, you must also be against soldiers who demand that Christianity change to suit their life choices, right Jon? Thou shall not kill… turn the other cheek… love your enemy… how DARE those soldiers demand that Christianity change just for them!

    • mike

      Except it isn’t long standing.constantious, one of the first Christian emperors of Rome was a predatory homosexual.

  • Jon

    What are you talking about, please try to make sense.

    First, it is thou shall not commit murder. The Bible and Torah allow for Killing in self defence.
    What I think you are talking about is a conscientious objector. You are talking about a military code. I was talking about a 2,000 year old religion, with a base that is at least 2,500 years older than that. If you even think they are the same….

  • Jim

    The Obama campaign has done this before, as when they scrubbed the actual content of what Bill Richardson said in his speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, replacing it with mealy-mouthed prepared text that Bill Richardson never actually spoke.

    http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2008/09/03/democrats-definitively-shove-richardson-speech-down-memory-hole/

  • Elle

    Actually, there are many theologians who have come up with support for homosexuality within the christian faith, including evidence from the old testament of same sex relationships among the jews.

    Of course those who use a literal ‘interpreation’
    of the bible (even if you take it literally, you are still making an interpretation you know.) pooh pooh their findings and say that those scholars must be mistaken, misguided, or pawns of satan, depending on the detractors level of psychosis, and only They know what god meant.

    Considering quite a bit of the bible is written as poetry, parables, or mosrality tales, it makes me wonder how they might feel about Emily Dickson and Robert Frost.

    Gosh, Stephen King must really give them the willies as well.

  • Melvin Melgar, The Gay

    Thanks, for letting know.

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