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Obama’s Thought Police Bust the Rev
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By Rob Meltzer
Jan. 11, 2013 11:10 a.m.



Here we go again. The Bamaman picked a well-respected Southern pastor, Louie Giglio, to give a benediction at the inauguration and, just like with Rick Warren in 2008, it turns out that the good pastor made some comments that offended the gay community, a community quite sensitive to the truth. In Giglio’s case, he mostly repeated what the bible said about homosexuality, while welcoming gays to his church. Typical hate the sin, love the sinner stuff that has been the backbone of most churches for centuries. Giglio also told his congregants about the aggressive gay agenda, which is essentially the same stuff that I heard from Queer Nation and Act Up when I was living in San Francisco.  But this time, instead of standing up for the right of free speech and freedom of thought, Obamaman sent out Addie Whisenant, his hatchet women in chief, and slashed Giglios head off. The pastor has now withdrawn so that he won’t be an embarrassment to the administration, as if this administration could feel any shame whatsoever. Clearly, Giglio is being punished for Obama’s decision not to can Warren four years ago.



But that’s not the problem. Four years ago, the Bamamites claimed youth and inexperience in their failure to vet Warren. Actually, all they would have had to do is read a newspaper to know what Warren stood for. When I raised the issue four years ago, I attacked this point–that Obama and his people seemed to leap without looking, and four of our faithful on this blog responded by saying that given time the Obamavolk would learn this. And yet, they haven’t. In the last week, Obama has done six things that look impetuous and foolish. He has named two potential cabinet appointees, Brennan and Hegel, certain to draw Congressional ire. He has put his inauguration up for sale to the highest bidders who want access. He has backed down on three major campaign promises-gitmo, tax cuts and diversity in his cabinet. And, finally, he picked a fight with Congress over guns during the heat of battle, notwithstanding that this wasn’t something and isn’t something that concerns Americans as the one issue that political capital should be spent on. Mr. President, its the economy stupid.



Last week, when I was pointing out the various ways this president is showing that he learned nothing, I cut out a sentence in which I hypothesized that the last remaining act he could do to prove he learned nothing was to pick a controversial minister to give a blessing. But then I realized that he certainly wasn’t going to do that again. Well, it seems that he not only hasn’t learned to be impetuous, but he hasn’t even learned the most basic lesson. I would think at the planning of the inauguration meeting, someone would joke about vetting the rev, and everyone would giggle. How did that not happen?



Doing it once was foolish. Doing it twice looks like policy. And this time he has no one to blame but himself.

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