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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Make Them Accountable / Media News

Make Them Accountable / Media News (click on the link to access the articles)

Obama’s Divisive Choice of Rick Warren (by Michelle Goldberg at Religion Dispatches)
Warren compares abortion to the Holocaust, gay marriage to pedophilia and incest, and social gospel Christians as “closet Marxists.” He doesn’t believe in evolution… Obama is sending a message of respect and conciliation to those who oppose gay rights, women’s rights and secularism more broadly. Ordinarily such a master of empathy, he needs to find a way to make social progressives feel understood and included as well. Insulting your supporters to win the support of your opponents is no way to build unity.
I have never seen evidence that Obama has any empathy whatsoever. I wish Michelle had told us what she means by her statement that Obama is a master of empathy.

Salon Radio: Pam Spaulding on Rick Warren (by Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory, Salon)
Embracing someone like Warren is no more “inclusive” than inviting a White Supremacist or, for that matter, a Christian-hater to deliver the invocation.

Obama: Dancing with the Ones That Brung Him (by madamab at The Confluence)
Where’s the rabbi, Barack? Where’s the imam? Where have they been this whole time… Based on the past and the present and the future plans of President-Elect Obama, it appears that “all sides of the faith discussion” includes Christian, Christian and Christian. Sorry, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists et al. You are under that darn bus too! Hope you didn’t expect him to give a flying fuck what you think or believe.

Aravosis, lagging indicator (by lambert at Corrente)
Hilarity from Aravosis: “Obama: We have to be able to agree to disagree [-] Great, then where are the racists, Mr. Obama? We don’t see you embracing too many of them in the name of learning to agree to disagree. Or does your desire to create a new ‘atmosphere,’ and reach out to our enemies, stop when it’s your own people, your own children, you’d be betraying? Funny how you only reach across the aisle when it’s someone else’s family, gay families in particular, getting the shaft.” John — if I may call you John — you ask “Where are the racists?” And I think I have the answer for you!

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