Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Melissa Etheridge on Pastor Rick Warren

You might be surprised to read what Melissa Etheridge, one of my favorite singers, has to say about this controversial man and Mr. Obama's choice to give the invocation at the inauguration. Here's the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-etheridge/the-choice-is-ours-now_b_152947.html


Bill Baar said...

I wish the left would have given Gov Palin the same chance as Etheridge gave Warren.

I know very few people --and that includes more than a few gays-- who support same-sex marriage in the sense my Church would marry a couple.

Everyone qualifies (that's discrimination of some sorts) who can marry.

My former UU Church discriminated when my future wife and I went to marry (go wait a while was the advice... you two haven't known each other long enough. We ignored it and went to a UCC Church instead).

That we lash out and call people bigots is a sad thing.

Warren an unfortunate choice for those who thought Obama would back them on things like Prop 8 but from what I've read about the Warren, he's slick, but no bigot... and having learned how slick Obama is from watching him in Illinois.. no one should be surprized be those two are friends.

Chalicechick said...

Turning you down is not, by definition, discrimination.

While "You guys really haven't known each other for a long time and marriage is a really big step that's really destructive to your lives and finances to undo" is not what you wanted to hear, it is a perfectly reasonable objection and I think based more in good sense than any sort of inherent bias.

You guys beat the odds, but that doesn't mean marrying someone you haven't been with for a long time is usually a good idea.


Anonymous said...

Which is what I said - he isn't who the UU's have painted him out to be. I am so frustrated by our call to HATE. What is wrong with us? What happened to tolerance? What happened to teaching, helping, learning?

We are an angry bitter people.

ms. kitty said...

Sometimes we are angry and bitter because that's human nature when we're disappointed. I'm guessing we will all come through this, we will see the larger picture eventually, and we will regroup.

What I hope is that we don't quit trusting Obama over this issue. He has done what he said he was going to do and we should not be surprised.

Gee, I seem to remember that Jesus kept confounding his followers too, by not being what they wanted him to be.

Joel Monka said...

I am gratified to see that she is such a reasonable person, as I've always loved her music, and thought that she was an example of how universal a message can be- one of her songs helped inspire me to propose to Ginger when I was dithering.

ms. kitty said...

Yes, I like her thoughts too, Joel. Thanks for your sweet story about proposing to Ginger!

Joel said...

She handled the situation like a grown-up. I wish we'd seen more of that after the election.

Maybe if they get to know us, they wont fear us.

That could be said for both sides.

ms. kitty said...

Thanks all. This feels like the argument (not here, but on the ministers' chat and other blogs) that will never end, can never be won, can never be dropped. Arrrrgh! Maybe I need a pirate!