Dear Mr. Obama and company:
You blew it.
You almost had me. I was on your side, all set to back you up. I was willing to overlook the backpedaling on telecomm immunity and on cannabis decriminalization. I gave money, did some canvassing for the Obama campaign on Election Day.
I wept when Barack Obama gave his Election Night speech. In that moment, hell, I would've taken a bullet for him.
I've stood up for him in the weeks since the election, defended some questionable Cabinet appointments with the idea that we should wait to see what policy decisions will be made, that some compromise would be necessary to get things done.
But for you to endorse a bigoted, anti-science, anti-choice, anti-religious liberty figure like Rick Warren by choosing him to give the invocation at the Inauguration...
Nope. I'm out.
Warren worked hard to pass California's Proposition 8, stripping gays and lesbians of their right to equal access to civil marriage. He called same-sex marriage equivalent to child abuse. His selection is a kick in the teeth to all who desire equal treatment under the law.
The fact that Warren wants to end all legal access to abortion, has said he could never bring himself to vote for an atheist, and deliberately chooses superstition over science in understanding the world, is just the cherry on top of this failure sundae.
Either you didn't mean to insult the LGBT community and its supporters - and the pro-choice community, the pro-religious freedom community, and the pro-science community - in which case this action shows a level of ignorance and ham-fistedness that makes me question how you function in the world.
Or you did mean it. In which case, well, screw you very much.
For shame, Mr. Obama. For shame.
Very truly yours,