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Critics of Obama “Arrogance” on Life and Death Issues

January 25, 2009

A senior Vatican official on Saturday attacked US President Barack Obama for “arrogance” for overturning a ban on state funding for family-planning groups that carry out or facilitate abortions overseas.

It is “the arrogance of someone who believes they are right, in signing a decree which will open the door to abortion and thus to the destruction of human life,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella was quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera daily.

Fisichella is president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, one of a number of so-called pontifical academies which are formed by or under the direction of the Holy See.

“What is important is to know how to listen… without locking oneself into ideological visions with the arrogance of a person who, having the power, thinks they can decide on life and death,” he added.

AFP

Obama signed the executive order cancelling the eight-year-old restrictions on Friday, the third full day of his presidency.

The so-called “global gag rule” cut off US funding to overseas family planning clinics which provide any abortion services whatsoever, from the operation itself to counselling, referrals or post-abortion services.

“If this is one of the first acts of President Obama, with all due respect, it seems to me that the path towards disappointment will have been very short,” Fisichella said.

“I do not believe that those who voted for him took into consideration ethical themes, which were astutely left aside during the election debate. The majority of the American population does not take the same position as the president and his team,” he added.

Pope Benedict XVI greets people as he arrives for his weekly ... 
Pope Benedict XVI greets people as he arrives for his weekly general audience on January 21, 2009 at the Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican.(AFP/File/Andreas Solaro)

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Earlier the Vatican took a lot of heat on the issue of gays….
Pope’s Slam on Gays Ealier Superseded By Appeal for Children on Christmas

Pope Down on Gays

 Pope’s Message of Peace, Stability: Warns of Ruin in Selfishness

Obama: Let Them Wait

January 4, 2009

How does an aggressively no-drama president-elect respond to the most drama-filled, tragedy-crammed, emotionally fraught conflict on the planet, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Answer: very quietly.

By Andrew Sullivan
Times (UK)

His “one president at a time” mantra — George W Bush is in the job until January 20 — has become almost as automatic as his famous “Yes, we can”. Since election night, Obama has been, to most Americans, a blur of activity. But what has he actually said? He has given many press conferences, but almost all about appointments and none of them news-making. Many of us, weaned on soaring doses of his eloquence from the campaign, have had withdrawal symptoms.

And yet if you let the actions and inactions speak for themselves, as Americans seem to have done so far, the direction is clear enough: massive stimulus at home, caution and gradualism abroad. It’s immensely popular as a formula.

Take two huge news stories that exploded on Obama since November 4 — his appointment of the anti-gay evangelical Rick Warren as inaugural invocation speaker and the hilariously baroque Rod Blagojevich, the governor of Illinois, who put Obama’s old Senate seat up for auction. Either could have dominated the early symbolism of the transition, and set a tone for a restless, exhausted press corps. And yet neither story seemed to gain any real traction that hurt Obama.

Related:
 Gaza, Israel Could Highlight Stark Obama, Bush Differences

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Obama’s Rick Warren Pick: Glib, Callous, Conscious

December 28, 2008

Obama’s pick was a slap at gays: a glib, conscious and callous insult from a man with too much hubris….Indicative, perhaps, of trouble ahead…Rick Warren may be a prayer but he is not seen as a healer….

Charles Krauthammer suggested on Fox News this last week that Barack Obama needed a man standing behind him wispering, “You are only mortal…”  This a reference to Roman generals returning after great victories….

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Barack Obama is generating huge hopes even before he takes office. So much so that his name and face, affixed to any product, may be the last commodity left in the marketplace that can still move Americans to shop.

By Frank Rich
The New York Times

I share these high hopes. But for the first time a faint tinge of Bush crept into my Obama reveries this month.

As we saw during primary season, our president-elect is not free of his own brand of hubris and arrogance, and sometimes it comes before a fall: “You’re likable enough, Hillary” was the prelude to his defeat in New Hampshire. He has hit this same note again by assigning the invocation at his inauguration to the Rev. Rick Warren, the Orange County, Calif., megachurch preacher who has likened committed gay relationships to incest, polygamy and “an older guy marrying a child.” Bestowing this honor on Warren was a conscious — and glib — decision by Obama to spend political capital. It was made with the certitude that a leader with a mandate can do no wrong.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/opinion/28rich.html

Gay-rights leaders’ enthusiasm for Obama subsides

December 24, 2008

Gay-rights activists remain hopeful about the Obama presidency but are now more wary after what one called a “double punch to the gut” — the choice of a pastor they consider hostile for a prime inauguration role and dashed hopes for the first openly gay Cabinet member.

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

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Enthusiasm among gays over Barack Obama‘s election has deflated rapidly in the days since his inaugural organizers announced that the invocation would be delivered by the Rev. Rick Warren, a prominent pastor who backed a recent ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in his home state of California.

The Warren announcement coincided with the final round of Obama’s Cabinet selections — confirming that gays on the short list for interior secretary and labor secretary would not get those posts.

“It felt like a double punch to the gut,” said Denis Dison of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports openly gay political candidates. “People were afraid at that moment — we didn’t know what it portended for the administration ahead.”

Related:
Who Should Be Angry With Obama?

Pope Down on Gays

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081224/ap_on_re_us/obama_gays


Not San Franciso friendly?

Who Should Be Angry With Obama?

December 23, 2008

O.K. it is still early in the Obama Administration — in fact we haven’t yet seen a swearing in.  Yet there have been plenty of appointments and pronouncements.

So who should be angry with Barack Obama thus far? 

Feminists, gays, liberals, opponents of the war, and Joe Biden, to name a few, should be fuming at the President-elect.

Some women say Obama has passed up a golden opportunity to place more seasoned and highly qualified women in his administration.

“When you are looking at a Cabinet and you have such a small number of women in the room when the big decisions are being made, there need to be a lot more women’s voices in this administration,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. 

Bill Clinton and President Bush each had a comparable number of women in their first Cabinets, but women’s groups say they hoped for and expected more from President-elect Barack Obama.  

Some gays are unhappy too: the naming of Rick Warren to give the opening prayer at the Obama inauguration is seen as a slap in the face.

“Warren doesn’t just oppose gay marriage, he’s compared it to incest and pedophilia. He doesn’t just want to ban abortion, he’s compared women who terminate pregnancies to Nazis and the pro-choice position to Holocaust denial,” wrote Katha Pollitt  in the Los Angeles Times.

On the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama has not yet gained the confidence of many who wanted America out of war right away.

In fact, Obama has retained the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a host of Pentagon political appointees (see today’s Washington Times).

Defense Secretary Robert Gates holds a press briefing at the ...
Staying at the Pentagon: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and many others.
(AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Obama seems no closer to a military withdrawal in Iraq than George Bush and he has already launched plans for 30,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Liberals say Obama is missing the message of the election by keeping the Pentagon team in place and “floating” the name of John Brennan as a possible nominee to head the CIA. 

Liberals believe the likes of Brennan are partly to blame for the world-wide loss of respect for America due to torture and other sins.

In this Sept. 21,2004 file photo, John Brennan gestures during ... 
John Brennan. AP Photo Lawrence Jackson

Finally, Joe Biden has reason to be angry at Barack Obama.  Joe Biden is the former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  And yet, President-elect Obama named him head of the White House Jobs Program this last weekend (“White House Task Force on Working Families”).

And there has been a lot of talk about a “lesser” role for the vice president.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families.

Above: Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families. He’ll have a “lesser role” than Dick Cheney, Obama spokesmen say.

A spokeswoman for the Vice President-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”

Let’s be honest, children.  The traditional role of the Vice President of the Uited Sates is to stand in the corner, go to funerals the president doesn’t want to attend and await the death of his boss.

John Nance Garner said while he was vice president that the job “wasn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.”

That’s the traditional “lesser” role of the vice president.

By John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Realted:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/22/
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/19
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Obama Retains Top Tier of Pentagon Political Appointees
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec
/22/obama-wants-bush-war-team-stay/

Rick Warren is an Insulting Choice
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-
pollitt22-2008dec22,0,4243781.story

Biden Promises to be a Different Vice President
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/
22/biden.lkl/index.html

Gay Congressman Says Obama Made A Mistake on Pastor
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Biden: “Working Families Czar”
http://atimetochoose.wordpress.com/2008/12/21/bide
n-working-families-czar-how-appropriate/

 Obama: “Arbiter in Chief”

Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden
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Bloggers Rule! Obama CIA Pick Torpedoed
(The story of John Brennan)
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Biden:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/1
2/22/biden.economy/index.html

Gay Congressman Says Obama Made A Mistake on Pastor

December 22, 2008

The team admired for its careful decision making and control is still getting heat for last week’s announcement….  Maybe they should have said a prayer before this one….

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President-elect Barack Obama shouldn’t have selected Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation because the evangelical pastor has made offensive comments about gays, said Representative Barney Frank.

“Giving that kind of mark of approval and honor to someone who has frankly spoken in ways I and many others have found personally very offensive, I thought that was a mistake for the president-elect to do,” said Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, today on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Associated Press and CNN

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, ...
Barney Frank

Frank, who is openly gay, made the comments after Obama stood by his selection of Warren for the Jan. 20 inauguration. Obama, speaking at a Dec. 18 news conference, said he doesn’t share Warren’s views on gay rights and wants to create an atmosphere “where we can disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.”

Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life”and founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, has drawn criticism from gay rights groups for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Warren didn’t return a message left on his voice mail at the church. He has defended himself by saying he loves “gays and straights,” according to the Associated Press.

Related:
Obama’s Other Choices After Rick Warren for Prayer

 Obama Picked Pastor Rick Warren Why? Not The “Wright” Choice for Obama….

 Speaking at Obama’s Swearing-In: Pro-Life, Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/21/rep-frank-oppo
ses-warren-invocation-inauguration/

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel ... 
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in this September 26, 2008 file photo. U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Warren, who opposes gay marriage, as a speaker at his inauguration, creating a commotion over what inclusiveness will mean for his administration.REUTERS/Chip East/Files

Rick Warren Defends Obama’s Choice

December 21, 2008

Rick Warren, one of the nation’s most influential evangelical pastors, is defending President-elect Barack Obama‘s invitation that he give the invocation at the upcoming inauguration.

In a keynote speech that Warren delivered at the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s annual convention in Long Beach Saturday night, the pastor says he faced a lot of criticism for inviting Obama to his church three years ago.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of the best-selling Christian book of 2004, ’The Purpose-Driven Life,’ poses Jan. 10, 2005, at his church in Lake Forest, Calif. Warren says he wrote the book to save souls but even he was surprised when a man who shot his way out of an Atlanta courthouse in early March found God in his words and surrendered. Associated Press.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California

Warren says the two men don’t agree on everything but people with differences can work together to solve the world’s problems.

Obama’s choice of Warren sparked an outcry from gay rights and other liberal groups, who say choosing such an outspoken opponent of gay marriage is tantamount to endorsing bigotry.

–Associated Press

Caroline Kennedy: For Gay Marriage, Vague On A Lot of Issues

December 20, 2008

Caroline Kennedy, who has been criticized for her lack of political experience as she seeks to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, has revealed some of her positions on hot-button political issues.

Answering questions from Politico through her spokesman, Kennedy said she supports gay marriage and Bush’s approval of an auto bailout. She opposed the war in Iraq and refused to say whether she will support the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City in 2009.

Kennedy answered seven of eight questions posed by Politico and her responses were brief and vague, the publication said.

From Fox News

Caroline Kennedy, center, arrives for lunch with The Rev. Al ... 
Caroline Kennedy, center, arrives for lunch with The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, at the famed soul food restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem, New York, Thursday Dec. 18, 2008. The late President John F. Kennedy’s daughter acknowledged Wednesday she’s seeking to be appointed to the Senate seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be secretary of state.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Kennedy left no doubt, though, about her support for gay marriage, staking a position that is contrary to that of President-elect Barack Obama.

She “supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples,” her spokesman wrote. Obama supports civil unions for gay couples, but not marriage rights.

Kennedy’s view on the war in Iraq, however, closely matches Obama’s.

“Caroline opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning,” her spokesman wrote. “She supports President-elect Obama’s plan to work with our military leaders to begin a responsible withdrawal.”

Read the Politico report:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16769.html

Obama’s Inaugural Mistake: God Awful

December 20, 2008

Barack Obama has selected televangelist Rick Warren, author of  “The  Purpose Driven Life” and an outspoken opponent of  abortion rights and same-sex marriage, to deliver the invocation at his inauguration Jan. 20. Why? What was he thinking when he picked this particular religious spokesman—a publicity hound who fights against causes of great moral importance to many of Obama’s supporters—for such a prominent role in the inauguration?

I consider this Obama’s first big misstep, and not only because of Warren’s stance on abortion and gay rights. He represents a combination of evangelicalism and boosterism , in the tradition of Norman Vincent Peale and Billy Graham, that is a particularly repugnant part of American religious tradition. Many have suggested that the choice of Warren puts him in a position to succeed Graham as the nation’s  best-known pastor. No religious leader should occupy the role that Graham played in successive  administrations—as an unofficial counselor to presidents, a predictable functionary on all ceremonial occasions, and a spokesman for one brand of religion. It is a brand of religion that has always been allied with American anti-intellectualism, and that is yet another reason why Obama’s choice is so puzzling and disturbing. 

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel ... 
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in this September 26, 2008 file photo. U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Warren, who opposes gay marriage, as a speaker at his inauguration, creating a commotion over what inclusiveness will mean for his administration.REUTERS/Chip East/Files

How wonderful it would have been if a humanist had been included in the inaugural ceremony for the first time.  Secularists, unlike evangelicals, voted overwhelmingly for Obama. It is truly disappointing to me  to see Obama catering those who make up a significant share his enemies and disregarding the views of his friends….

By Susan Jacoby
Washington Post
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Related:
http://sheblogan.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/praying-for-obama/

Barack Obama and Rick Warren: Odder Than a Three Dollar Bill

December 18, 2008

Any strange, weird, or bizarre union or alliance is, to my friend, “Odder than a three dollar bill.”

Rick Warren is an evangelical minister that does not believe in same sex marriage.  In fact, he fights against it and believes that God and the bible are on his side.

President-elect Barack Obama has been considered a friend to the gay community and most said he’s support gay marriage and the rights of gay men and women to live as married people.

Now, Mr. Obama has chosen Mr. (Reverend) Warren to pray at his inauguration: to give the invocation.

An ivocation is an asking or a calling.  An invocation is normally an asking that God will come into an event, a group and/or a person.

Gays may wonder: if Barack Obama is calling on Pastor warren to invoke God to enter the Obama inauguration; and Rick Warren’s God doesn’t believe in gays, the gay lifestyle or gay marriage, where does that leave them?  Will Rick Warren’s God condemn them?

Weirder than a three dollar bill.

Related:
Gay Leaders Furious with Obama Over Rick Warren

Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California is pictured ... 
Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California is pictured in September 2008. Barack Obama on Thursday defended his choice of the conservative evangelical pastor to deliver a religious invocation at his January 20 presidential inauguration ceremony. AFP

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(CNN) — Rick Warren — the man at the center of an inaugural firestorm — has built his career on an uncontroversial reputation.

The irony of the furor over Warren’s selection to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony is that the California minister first drew notice for his determination to expand the evangelical agenda beyond hot-button social issues like opposition to same-sex marriage.

Warren has been described as the next Billy Graham, an evangelical leader with a moderate reputation and mass-market appeal — although instead of massive open-air rallies and an out-sized television presence, Warren focused on forging partnerships with unlikely allies working to protect the environment and fight AIDS.

As a pioneer of the mega-church movement, Warren looked to translate traditional evangelical messages for a wider audience. He penned “The Purpose-Driven Life,” a spiritually based self-help guide that brought mainstream best-seller status to a muted religious message.

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

Above: President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

In his model, everyday concerns were a top priority: Attendees at his Saddleback Church — now more than 20,000 strong — could expect free classes on home finance, or assistance with child care needs.

Warren urged ministers to adopt a Madison Avenue approach: to super-charge the growth of congregations by fine-tuning their pitch for the “un-churched.” He released bullet-point sermons with crossover potential, along with material to help churchgoers follow along. The church atmosphere he called for was a relaxed one, with dressed-down ministers leading services in nontraditional venues, featuring easy-listening music chosen with younger listeners in mind.

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