Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Right-Wing Agrees With Me Concerning Rick Warren (Sort Of)

Conservative commentator Rick Lowry takes issue with people who are "yelping in rage" over Rick Warren's participation in Obama's inauguration (yelping?). Lowry argues that Warren's critics have attempted to portray him as a "hate figure," even though his views on same-sex marriage represent the views of most Americans:

[Warren] believes what a majority of Americans do, what the vast majority of the
planet does, and what all major religions maintain about marriage: namely, it
should be defined as between a man and a woman."
Although Lowry writes to condemn progressive critics of Warren (which includes yours truly), we agree one one issue -- that Warren's opposition to same-sex marriage falls within majoritarian viewpoints. In the essay, The Fallacy of Obama's "Diversity" Defense: Rick Warren's Views Already Have a Place at the Table, I argued that Obama's attempt to portray Warren's participation in his inauguration as a respect for "diversity" bends reality because most Americans, like Warren and Obama, oppose same-sex marriage (and other gay rights issues). Warren's participation, however, has provoked anger primarily because he compared same-sex marriage with statutory rape, incest, and polygamy.

In an effort to bash progressives, however, Lowry omits any discussion of Warren's incest, statutory rape, and incest analogies. But this line of bigoted thinking does more injury to GLBT people more than mere opposition to same-sex marriage, because it rests on pernicious stereotypes of gay and lesbian people.

Because most Americans oppose same-sex marriage Obama does not risk losing too much political support over Warren. In fact, he apparently has gained some credibility among conservatives -- which is probably a leading reason why Obama asked Warren to participate.

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madamab said...

And of course, the fact that Warren's views on women are NOT AT ALL mainstream are noted NOWHERE.

He thinks women should be submissive to their husbands and is against reproductive rights.

I think Rick Warren is as harmful to women as he is to the LGBT community.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Hi. I agree. Most Americans are pro-choice. I do not think that they favor women submitting to their husbands, but I think the primaries showed us that partiarchy has currency -- which is a sad statement.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Madam B: I wonder why women's groups have not politicized this as much as GLBT groups. HRC issued a formal statement as soon as the announcement was made. Also, Barney Frank condemned Warren. Have any women in Congress made similar statements? I saw a statement from NOW-California, but did the national organization oppose the choice?

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