Ok, everyone is pissed about Rick Warren at the inauguration. Except apparently me, who could care less who gives a prayer at the thing. Means nothing to me. I have my reasons that I don’t care. For one, I tend to trust Obama and what his friends believe isn’t necessarily want he does. Also, I’m not in favor of silencing opinions I don’t agree with. I’m interested in outdebating them. Silencing opponents is what Bush did.
It’s slightly entertaining to see some in the blogosphere turn on Obama on this. I guess I’m the only one not surprised. MyDD meanwhile is infested with the return of the PUMA’s glorifying this event as their “I told you so” moment. Honest discussion does not fly there.
Anyway, I’m not surprised the LGBT community is offended by this move…but as someone who took to the streets in the past for gay rights…I’m not surprised and I’m also not expecting the outcry to lead to anything. Frankly, outside us in the LGBT community, few could care less about gay rights.
I found in my travels and canvassing, there are two types of people…hardcare opponents of all or some gay rights, and the ambivalents. Outside of our community, it’s hard to get someone who’s not directly effected by homophobia all roused up for gay rights. It’s not something that will ever effect them and it’s not something that ranks high on their list.
Right now most people are concerned with the economy, where that’s going, with the war, with jobs, etc. No one is really worried about whether or not Prop 8 will be overturned or Iowa will legalize marriage equality or what LGBT rights bill lands on Obama’s desk.
They never really did. I used to stand on Manhattan street corners and stop people, asking them to support our case and few did. We got some people who were like “gee that sucks, I hope things work out” and no one willing to stand up and march with us.
Even our Senators, one of them being Hillary Clinton, refused to do any more than show up at a parade or two (where I somehow never saw her, but apparently she was there). At least she voted the right way…but our request to appear at rallies for her, for Schumer, for many of our big named Congress members…denied.
I would also imagine similar situations in Illinois with our President-elect. I’m not exonerating him either…but this is the leadership we have. Marriage equality is not popular nationwide. It couldn’t pass in California. Our elected leaders are not going to take on a controversial issue…we need our unelected leaders to do it…the problem is, we don’t have unelected leaders with enough clout to do it. We don’t have our Martin Luther King Jr. We need one.
In the meantime, I’m willing to give our government a pass if they don’t exactly run around waving a rainbow flag. It’s tough out there for us, I know, I’ve been there.
UPDATE: I exchanged e-mails with an old co-worker of mine back home in New York…a very liberal person who believes the 2004 election was stolen in Ohio, marched with Code Pink and donated to Cindy Sheehan’s congressional campaign.
Her response; “Who cares? This isn’t a big deal”
She’s not a blogger around here, but this is exactly my point. Who cares indeed? If this was the KKK or some anti-semetic person/group, there would be outcry because huge masses of the population would feel offended, but sadly huge masses of the population don’t move on gay rights. It’s a secondary issue at best for them.