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Bridge Building Comes Hard

Both Sides Turn on Obama with Inauguration Selections

by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
January 4, 2009

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Bridge Building Comes Hard
Before Christmas, President-elect Obama made the selection of Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and host of a pre-election Q&A, do give the inaugural invocation. Warren, the author of "The Purpose Driven Life" and activist in third world poverty, must have made an impression on Obama.
No sooner had the announcement been made of Warren's selection, that the left hit the ceiling. The cries from the pro-abortion and the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) communities were deafening. I'm not sure if they were hoping to have Gene Robinson (openly gay Episcopal bishop in New England) offer the prayer. Warren is too conservative to have any place at the Inaugural ceremonies.
With all the uproar, you would have thought that Rev. Jeremiah "god d**n America" Wright was selected. Oh, sorry, that would have been the other side of the political spectrum getting upset.
Nonetheless, Obama raised the ire of the left with his selection of this purpose driven pastor. He raised the ire of the left earlier in the campaign when he had conservative African American pastor and singer Donnie McClurkin involved in a fund raiser.
But the left isn't the only one who is upset with the president-elect for an inaugural decision.
The right wing got upset with the announcement that Obama was going to use President Lincoln's Bible, currently on display at the Smithsonian. Comments were as expected by some folks: "He must not own a Bible himself so he has to borrow one". Or "The Muslim has to put up a front and use a Bible instead of his own holy book."
Obama's ads in the early part of the primary campaign touted his ability to cross over the aisle. There were Republicans and Democrats both praising his abilities as a mediator on crucial votes.
Actually, I think both decisions may show that Obama is more deeds than talk when it comes trying to bridge the gap between left and right. My logic has always been that if you have folks on both ends of the political spectrum mad at you, you must be doing something right.
For the good of the country, let's hope that this initial gesture is a sign of things to come.

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elm from 98801 writes:
January 4, 2009
Labels divide -- not define!

If born to a human, at birth abandoned in the woods and raised by a whelping wolferine or if born to a human, at birth abandoned in a closet and slipped food under the door, what would your label be? Isolation from humans and enviremental circumstances would have drastically shaped your behavior. Who have you become? What defines you? What is your behavior liken to?

What complicates our world is categorizing, classifying and sterotyping. Automatically labeling someone as this or that defines a person in terms of his or her behavior and or belief structure. Labeling differs from describing. Labeling has divided people and made people hate people. Therefore, disasterious consequences can follow.
Whether by nature or learned behavior, majority of humanity in general has fallen into this tender trap of stinkin-thinkin.

Judging contents of a filled cup from the outside at a certain degree, off angle, slanted persepective and high and mighty level can tend to lend no actual indication whatsoever as to what the entire contents inside may contain. Labeling singles out people, forms limited persepectives about them without considering what all constitutes being a whole person.

I don't label myself anti-gay or pro gay! But, am of the opinion that gays need to get over themselves! Broaden their horizons! They expect the hetros to do so. Gays have labeled themselves, set themselves apart and now are demanding to become part of the whole they once chose to deversify and deviate from. Barack Obama has reached across the aisle as he said he would. If the gays don't like Obama's philosophy and can't walk their own talk, best they quit sticking their own hands out for recognition, equal treatment and rights.

SHEEZH is right Mr. Moo!!!!

Brooks Gardner from Mebane, North Carolina writes:
January 4, 2009
Once again, Mr. Moo, have hit the nail on the head and gone straight to the point. The President-elect cannot answer everyone's call. He demonstrated during the campaign that he could get along with the religious left, but that he could disagree with them. He appears to me to be the Christian and most of us wish we could be. One that loves the sinner, but hates the sin.

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