Hope Train derailed: Homophobe Pastor Rick Warren to give invocation at inauguration

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President-Elect Obama has unfortunately chosen Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church to give the invocation at the inauguration in January.

Pastor Warren is a rare gem of a human being/Christian. He has compared abortion to the Jewish Holocaust, equated gay marriage to incest and pedophilia, and previously cut a video in support of Proposition 8. See below:

I struggle desperately not to be a one issue voter, but like so many in the LGBT community, I am deeply disappointed by this choice, and at the expense of all the positives I have witnessed in the presidential transition thus far.

In what can only be called a calculated effort to reach across the aisle and placate the religious right, Obama has succeeded only in alienating some of his most fervent supporters, who have remained steadfast despite missing the “Hope Train” when Proposition 8 passed last month. Frankly, my wallet is still aching from all the contributions we made to the Obama campaign as well.

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time Obama has stepped in it. I gave Obama the benefit of the doubt the first time around, but don’t know if I can now. Not since Prop 8.

I’m sure many will argue that Barack Obama personally doesn’t support gay marriage in the first place, but nor does he think it’s appropriate to write discrimination into law. Constitutions enable rights, not redact them.

If it’s any consolation, there are some on the right who aren’t too happy with Pastor Warren either. Let them give him as much grief as we give Obama.

I’m reminded of a line from the Song “Down to Earth” by Peter Gabriel as I write this.

Do you feel you were tricked, by the future you picked?

The answer’s not yes. At least not yet.

Battlestar Galactica characters come out of the closet?

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POTENTIAL SPOILER: Rumor has it that Lt. Felix Gaeta will finally come out of the closet with Lt. Hoshi on new Battlestar Galactica webisodes airing Friday Dec. 11 through January, running up to the series 4.5 premiere on January 16, 2009.

Played by Alessandro Juliani, Lt. Gaeta has long been considered by gay fans of the show the most likely character to be gay. While not the first LGBT character in the series, let’s hope he fairs better than Admiral Cain of the Pegasus who was a lesbian, had an affair with a Cylon, and was later shot in the head (and not because she was a lesbian, or had an affair … she was just really mean).

The awkward scene below from season one is perhaps the first of many clues that Gaeta may bat for the other team. After re-watching the clip, I wonder if Baltar has a wide stance?

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As not to be totally trite, the following scenes are from one of last season’s most moving episodes, where Lt. Gaeta sings a sad lament after one of his legs has been amputated.

For more information on the webisodes visit the official Battlestar Galactica site.
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Rewriting Bush’s legacy? Olbermann provides a reality check

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The L.A. Times obtained an internal White House memo today which provided talking points to Bush Cabinet members. The memo paints a rather rosy and unsurprisingly revisionist slant on the Bush legacy. On tonight’s Countdown Keith Olbermann put together a succinct “reality check” for those of us who may have forgotten some of the events of the past 8 years.

Not because of bad memory… but because there were so damn many…

What’s next? Ban Left-Handed Marriage of Course!

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First the gays! And now the left-handers! Will traditional marriage ever be safe?