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.