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Inaugration Day

January 20, 2009

Before I get positive, I’d like to give you all a few questions to think about. Would Rick Warren have been allowed to speak if he had compared blacks to apes? Would he have been allowed to speak if he had implied that women are as simple as children and and only live to service their husbands? Would he have been allowed to speak if he had argued in favor of the stripping away of rights of Catholics, Methodists, or Jews because they eat babies?
Why, then, was he allowed to speak when he all but called every queer in the country a pedophile, and cast aspersions of incest on the community also?

I don’t understand why we have a prayer at the inauguration anyway.

On to happier thoughts. We finally have a good president! Despite his total flubbing of the oath of office, he’s here and the nation is celebrating.
His predecessor did not respect my career, believe my orientation, or consider my faith worthy of equal citizenship. For eight years I have had to listen to that man, and attempt to find respect for him. Eight years. Think about that. Eight years ago I was fifteen and a sophomore in high school. I was just learning chemistry for the first time. I had never flown on a plane or kissed someone, never voted or lived alone. My entire adult life has been spent under the rule of a man who doesn’t even believe in me, let alone have a chance at understanding me. Older people look at Obama’s young supports incredulously, as if we’re some wild animal, but I don’t think we’re that hard to understand. We want someone who believes in us.
High points:
1. “We will restore science to its rightful place”. Thank goodness. We’ve had eight years of facts being a matter of convenience, and now finally it looks like that is going to change. Educated people have been looked down on for trusting to evidence, and maybe now we’ll actually be listened to always, not just when we agree with the people making the decision.
2. The mention of non-believers in the list of religions. Get over whether that’s the best term to use, the fact is we finally made the list. We’re citizens too now! That actually almost makes up for Warren’s insulting invocation.
Full text is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-obama.html?ref=politics

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2009 3:28 am

  2. January 21, 2009 5:20 am

    I am pretty pissed that we are saying the Lord’s Prayer at a very public and Constitutionally required ceremony. Very pissed, actually. It’s as bad as “In God We Trust” on the money and “under God” in the Pledge. They never let us forget that we are, truly, a Christian nation, and to Hell with the Establishment Clause.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    January 22, 2009 6:20 pm

    Great entry.

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