The Obama Administration keeps trying to do some Inaugural “outreach” by asking a fundamentalist conservative megachurch pastor to give the benediction. In 2008, bigot Rick Warren performed the least important part of the ceremony. Unfortunately, in the intervening four years, Warren’s haterade has become even less palatable than it was. So, this year’s Warren doppelganger has backed out because he gave a sermon advocating pray-away-the-gay therapy in the 90’s.
The Inaguration Committee member tasked with making excuses and apologies said that they didn’t know that they had hired a bigot, and, furthermore, the next person they hire will have “beliefs [that] reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”
Good luck finding that Yeti. Almost by definition, a fundamentalist conservative megachurch pastor is someone who’s given one or many bigoted anti-gay sermons in the past. That’s unfortunate but not deadly to their prospects as the giver of the benediction. Non-fundamentalist, liberal, non-megachurch-going, perhaps atheist Democrats would be willing to forgive the past if the fundamentalist conservative megachurch pastor would renouce his previous position on homosexuality. But he won’t. Here’s what the latest asshole said:
Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.
Translation: God still hates the gays, I just don’t want to talk about it. And fuck those homos for pointing it out.