We need to mark these weeks well and remember what’s going on. It’s entirely possible that we may look back and realize this is when our society as we have known it changed in fundamental ways.
Not because of the economy or the future of the Big Three auto makers. Not because of the completion of Pres.-elect Obama’s proposed cabinet. Not because of some movies being released with Oscar buzz.
We need to remember these weeks because we are witnessing a major shift in the tactics and visibility of the radical gay-rights movement in our country. The palpable anger over the passing of California’s Proposition 8 (in which voters rescinded the rights of homosexuals to be legally wed) spilled over into street riots and more. The vitriol directed at the coalition who supported the proposition –social conservatives, evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics and Mormons – has been directed not just at those in California, but across the nation.
And now comes the furor over the naming of Pastor Rick Warren (who supported Prop 8 and has also been at the forefront of evangelical response to the global AIDS crisis) to pray at the upcoming inauguration. The furor (here) is coming from the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender) community, who feel that Obama owes them better for their political support in his campaign. Apparently, the fact that the prayer at the end of the ceremony is by a pastor who supports gay rights isn’t enough. (Maybe the appointment of an openly gay military chief will help)
Here’s the key moment to notice. The more radical elements of the gay-rights movement are not the least bit interested in merely having a voice in the diverse conversation in our society, as guaranteed by the Constitution. They want to actively silence / quash opposing viewpoints—especially those that question the validity of their moral choices. Even a mere nod to diversity (the inclusion of Pastor Warren is not an agreement with his positions on gay rights nor a promise that this viewpoint will ever be seriously considered in policy discussions) has been met with furious rhetoric, deep anger and “line in the sand” ultimatums. Sexual politics has taken a dramatic step
Where will this lead? Who knows? But I suspect things may never be the same. So…watch and pray.