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12.18.2008

thursday this & that

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Blogger UPennBen said...

I can't imagine that Warren's prayer won't be the blandest thing this side of lettuce. But why not keep around KirbyJon Caldwell? You don't need change with a name like KirbyJon. I love parents who can't decide on a name and use both instead.

Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:30:00 AM

 
Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

I can't see how Warren is anything but a loss for Obama. The Right is furious at Warren for accepting the invite, so this pick doesn't help him with evangelicals. He could have done better with Brian McClaren, Jim Wallis, or Tony Campolo for the younger evangelicals with whom he has a chance.


And it absolutely infuriates the GLBT crowd and allies like myself--although we'd be willing to forgive if Obama quickly reverses Don't Ask/Don't Tell and submits a bill to reverse DOMA to Congress.

But Obama has also been talking about reaching out to Islamic countries, so how does Warren help? He called for the assassination of Ahmedinejad (Sp?). Sure, he's a jerk but if Iran were swearing in a new pres., would WE like the appearance of a cleric who called for the death of our president--even if its Bush?

This is Obama's first big screw up since the election--heck, since he made the "bitter" remark.

Friday, December 19, 2008 9:22:00 AM

 
Blogger David McCullars said...

Someone riddle me this ... why do we still (or for that matter ever did) include a prayer at the inauguration of our President? What is anything religious (even if there is a lame attempt at being "generic") doing in a political changing of the guards.

How will the Christian right feel if someday the majority of Americans are Muslim (which is a possibility given it's faster growth in the US), and the newly elected president decides to have a prayer to Allah? How does the estimated (and rising) 10% of atheist/agnostic Americans feel being continually disenfranchised by a country founded by mostly atheists and non-Christians?

Friday, December 19, 2008 1:53:00 PM

 

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