Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Partial Apology To The Religious

Just watched the inauguration with Liz and David Mallach. Wow. Back in the day we used to joke about a colored guy getting elected President and having someone like Aretha sing at the inaugural. Damn.

As for the earlier blog on religion. I'm not totally apologizing but watching Ric Warren I realized that, once again, Obama is a genius. First, most of the country is religious and conservative in their religious beliefs. You can change the world with a few dozen African American church ladies but you will have to get used to the fact that they won't support same sex marriage. OK, Warren's not my cup of tea but we all agreed he was highly appropriate to the occassion (the Jesus reference was to his personal savior, not to ours). When Obama needs right wing backing to do something about health care he's going to get it from the church groups.

And then there was the Reverend Joseph E. Lowery, a founder of the southern Christian leadership Conference. Rev. Lowery is not from or part of the Civil Rights Movement. Lowery is the Civil Rights Movement. This wasn't just a gesture, this was a message from the new President. I was in tears. Maybe the 60's are over and the good guys won. Amen.

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