There is a ridiculous story on CNN’s political blog (find it here). Basically, a bunch of liberal and gay rights groups are whining because Obama has tapped Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural ceremonies. This is not surprising. What was surprising to me was the craziness contained in the following snippet from the article.
People for the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert told CNN she is “deeply disappointed” with the choice of Warren, and said the powerful platform at the inauguration should instead have been given to someone who is “consistent mainstream American values.
“There is no substantive difference between Rick Warren and James Dobson,” Kolbert said. “The only difference is tone. His tone is moderate, but his ideas are radical.”
It’s like I’m Alice and I’ve gone through the looking glass. It’s like the prank we used to play in middle school where we would say it was “opposite day” and yes meant no and so on. The fact of the matter is that Rick Warren (and James Dobson for that matter) does represent mainstream American values. It is both absurd and misleading to call his ideas radical. And if you need proof of the mainstream-ness of his views on marriage, look at the fact bans on gay marriage have now passed in each of the 30 states in which they’ve been put before voters.
The fact of the matter is that most of the liberal groups that the media gives voice to – and by doing so helps legitimize them and make them seem more representative than they really are – are the ones with the “radical” ideas. They are the ones out of touch with mainstream America. We really need to start calling out the media for allowing these ridiculous groups to have more of a voice than they deserve.