Thursday, December 18, 2008
One hates blacks and one hates Jews
The choice of Mr. Warren, pastor of a megachurch in Orange County, Calif., set off a round of criticism by gay rights groups angered by his support for California’s ban on same-sex marriages. Mr. Warren is an outspoken opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage — litmus-test issues for Christian conservatives.
Mr. Obama defended the decision as part of his effort to involve a broad range of Americans in the nation’s business without sacrificing civility.
“I think that it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans,” Mr. Obama said.
He noted that he had been invited by Mr. Warren to speak at his church a few years ago — despite their obvious differences — and added that “that dialogue, I think, is part of what my campaign’s been all about; that we’re not going to agree on every single issue, but what we have to do is to be able to create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable.”
“That’s part of the magic of this country,” said Mr. Obama, “is that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated.”
Brian Knowlton, Obama Defends Warren Choice, New York Times, December 18, 2008
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