Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers


I’m used to politicians (of all stripes) to lying to people–including politicians I support.  But clergy are a different matter. 

Rev. Rick Warren and I disagree about same sex marriage–as well as much else.  We have very different theologies and even very different understandings of the way faith and politics should interact.  That’s all well and good.  But lying about his views is NOT.  If he’s changed his mind, that’s one thing. But if he lies about his views, that’s something else–it tarnishes the reputation of Christian clergy–and that doesn’t need any more tarnishing. 

On CNN’s Larry King Live, Warren lied.  From the transcript, Warren says, “In the first place, I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be. ”   Warren also says, “During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never—never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going.”

Well, Rick, we have video proving otherwise. 

See, Rick, that’s you ENDORSING Proposition 8 IN  A VIDEO AD FOR Prop 8.  So, you lied.

Repent of your lying ways! And, while you are at it,  repent of your homophobia, too.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | GLBT issues, prejudice | 5 Comments

Breaking: Michelle Bachmann is a Looney Tune!

Rep.  Michelle Bachmann (R-MN)  has said some crazy things in the past, but this one takes the cake.  She thinks the volunteer program Americorp will become “mandatory reeducation camps” for the young under Pres. Obama.

Umm. Congresswoman?  Americorp was a Republican idea that Pres. Clinton took over–much to the GOP fury.  It just encourages volunteerism. It doesn’t pay anyone, as you allege.  It is supposed to be a domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps.  And that expansion that you worry about? It had bi-partisan co-sponsors and passed both houses of Congress with WIDE margins.

Americorp expansion co-sponsor Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) specifically denies your claim that participation in Americorp will ever be mandatory.  Sen. Hatch, who constantly writes patriotic songs (some of which are sung by John Ashcroft on Youtube–very funny), is hardly ANYONE’s liberal.  So, if Hatch thinks  you’re all wet on this, Michelle, you are.

BTW, there’s a rumor that Rep. Bachmann is being urged by Republicans to take on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) when she is next up for reelection.  Please, Michelle, run, run! We’d get you out of the House and you’d lose SOOO badly to Sen.  Klobuchar and it would be very entertaining to watch.  Move over, Bugs and Daffy, Bachmannn is the real Looney Tune.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | U.S. politics | 3 Comments

Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage: Overrides Veto

Vermont now becomes the 4th state to legalize same sex marriage.  I wasn’t sure they could override the governor’s veto. I knew the votes were there in the VT senate, but it was close in the house. This is a huge victory.  Look for the same thing to happen in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, conservatives are working to undo the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in favor of marriage equality.  I wasn’t worried about this, at first.  Unlike in CA, it is difficult to amend the IA state constitution.  In normal cases, both houses of the state legislature would have to vote to amend the constitution in identical wording TWO YEARS in a row and then it would have to be validated by popular ballot. So, the earliest they could reverse the decision would be 2012, by which time people would have seen that the sky doesn’t fall with marriage equality.

But conservatives in IA are seeking a way around this. They are trying to force a constitutional convention and making it an issue for Gov. Chet Culver (D)’s 2010 reelection.  If successful, that could lead to a repeat of Prop 8 in CA where legal rights of a minority are taken away by popular ballot–a process that would threaten everyone.

So, congrats to VT and let’s keep an eye on IA.

D.C.’s City Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Oh, NH’s House has passed marriage equality and it is expected to pass the NH Senate.  NH’s governor has,  like VT’s,  promised a veto.  Maine’s legislature is expected to debate marriage equality beginning on 24 April 2009.  And we await a decision of the CA supreme court as to whether Prop. 8 was itself constitutional.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | GLBT issues | 7 Comments