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Norm Kent, Publisher of National Gay News: "Obama is being divisive. He is 'swift boating' us"
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The Presidents First Mistake:
Tell Ric Warren to Preach Somewhere Else
By Norm Kent
Norm Kent is the publisher of National Gay News and is a criminal defense and constitutional rights lawyer.

It is my obligation as the publisher of a national gay newspaper ( ) to weigh in on the President-Elects selection of Pastor Ric Warren to deliver an invocation at his inauguration. This is change we cant believe in.

As a spokesperson for the gay community, I want to make it clear that I find it offensive.
Mr. Obama is not being inclusive and post-partisan. He is being divisive. He is swift boating us. After Jeremiah Wright, you have to wonder about his selections for Divine Guidance.

Mr. Obama thinks he can move the needle and bring us all together in a unified effort for a common purpose. He sees an America where I can walk hand in hand with my partner down the aisle, and Reverend Pat Robertson will marry us. I think maybe our President Elect has a little too much of Harvard in him. I agree with Congressman Barney Frank. Some of these people will never be our friends. We are just always going to agree to disagree. If we can do so respectfully, that is great. But I dont have to invite as the best man to my wedding a pastor who would not marry me to my partner.

My message to Mr. Obama is that there is going to be no honeymoon either. The gay community in America has multiple voices and you can expect them to be heard. As this one instance with Pastor Warren shows, we wont be quiet. Our voices want more than lip service. We seek action. The President Elect has an obligation to fulfill his commitment to support gay rights by initiating acts consonant with the same, from moving the equal rights non-discrimination legislation through Congress, to an executive order eliminating arbitrary exclusions of homosexuals from the armed forces of the United States of America.

To those of you who are already apologists for an invocation from a pastor, whose politics has been one of exclusion, shame on you. There are too many other men and women the President could have picked. He chose not to, and Rick Warren should not be on the inaugural platform any more than the President elect should have invited him.

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  -Norm Kent, Publisher of National Gay News: "Obama is being divisive. He is 'swift boating' us" Better Believe It  Dec-26-08 04:34 PM   #0 
  - Swiftboating?  Hanse   Dec-26-08 04:42 PM   #1 
  - Stop the madness. n/t  ProSense   Dec-26-08 04:44 PM   #2 
  - You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.  ogneopasno   Dec-26-08 04:53 PM   #3 
  - "As a spokesperson for the gay community?"  ObamaVision   Dec-26-08 04:56 PM   #4 
  - "to support gay rights by initiating acts consonant with the same"  matcom   Dec-26-08 04:56 PM   #5 
  - Obama started "acting" on November 5. And Kent is right.  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:00 PM   #8 
     - Kent is an idiot  matcom   Dec-26-08 05:10 PM   #12 
        - matcom, if you don't realize that Obama started shaping policy on 11/5,  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:21 PM   #13 
           - shaping policy how?  matcom   Dec-26-08 05:22 PM   #14 
              - Yup. I just don't understand how life works.  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:24 PM   #15 
                 - Well you are lucky  NWHarkness   Dec-26-08 05:32 PM   #20 
                    - how can I explain HER life to her?  matcom   Dec-26-08 05:36 PM   #22 
                    - That you have to resort to insults instead of to the record of Obama's  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:40 PM   #24 
                    - The article you posted is just one big, dumb insult.  Hanse   Dec-26-08 05:45 PM   #26 
                       - I haven't posted any article but if you need help  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 06:03 PM   #27 
                       - The article was posted by someone else.  sheeptramp   Dec-26-08 06:40 PM   #30 
                    - It must be a contagious disease n/t  NWHarkness   Dec-26-08 07:26 PM   #32 
                    - Right! A common hobby of people who can't find their foot.  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:41 PM   # 
  - This warren decision suddenly made him a swiftboater? OMG! n/t  firedupdem   Dec-26-08 04:58 PM   #6 
  - And he's right. I hope every other demographic of about the same size  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:00 PM   #7 
  - The word "swiftboating" has officially lost all meaning  WildEyedLiberal   Dec-26-08 05:02 PM   #9 
  - True, Warren is the one who "swiftboated' Gays when he compared them to pedophiles  dflprincess   Dec-26-08 05:41 PM   #25 
  - I'm very sorry a lot Americans don't have all their rights. But a lot of others are starving  tularetom   Dec-26-08 05:02 PM   #10 
  - The inability to form legal families contributes to poverty  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:29 PM   #16 
  - You do know that there are gay people who are poor or homeless right?  NWHarkness   Dec-26-08 05:34 PM   #21 
     - Of course I know that. And I'll bet if you asked them their first priority  tularetom   Dec-26-08 06:39 PM   #29 
        - I give up, you win  NWHarkness   Dec-26-08 07:25 PM   #31 
  - This is stretching the meaning of Swiftboating beyond all recognition. n/t  pnwmom   Dec-26-08 05:05 PM   #11 
  - No, it's the very same triangulating bs.  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:29 PM   #17 
     - I think the author meant to say...  Hanse   Dec-26-08 05:31 PM   #18 
        - ...  matcom   Dec-26-08 05:32 PM   #19 
        - You're not implying that Obama just said shit on the stump, are you?  sfexpat2000   Dec-26-08 05:37 PM   #23 
  - recommend #9  xchrom   Dec-26-08 06:27 PM   #28 
  - It's like a gameshow at this point: "Who Wants to Be A Gay Spokesman?!"  Prism   Dec-26-08 07:50 PM   #33 

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