Monday, January 19, 2009

One More Day Until Obama Is President

Happy MLK Day! I'm so thankful for heros like Martin Luther King, Jr., who have the bravery and conviction to stand up for what is right.

It's only one more day until Obama will become the new U.S. President! I'm looking forward to the Inauguration celebration, which will include controversial speaker Rick Warren. I was pleased to see Melissa Etheridge and her lesbian partner defend the Christian speaker.

Rick Warren is someone I really admire. His response to AIDS/HIV worldwide makes me proud to be a Christian and I wish this whole gay controversy wasn't blackening his name. He has been very careful when it comes to the gay issue, much too careful for staunch conservatives. He wants his focus to be on evangelism and poverty, so to tie him to this I think is petty. His big issues for years have been peace, poverty, and AIDs. It's a shame that's so ignored now. He has never been anti-gay. It's shocking to see the anti-Christian response from SOME gay community, however. That is 100% unfair. I appreciated Etheridge's fairness and open-mindedness. Warren is a public figure who represents many in America, probably including Obama's more moderate Christianity. I'm not surprised he was chosen for the speech, only surprised by the nasty backlash. I appreciate people like Warren, Etheridge, and Ellen, who all care deeply about human issues, peace, and personhood. Work together!

I'm looking forward to the progress Obama will bring!

Human Rights Watch is expecting some advances in human rights on behalf of President Barack Obama too. According to US News & World Report, the Human Rights Watch 564-page World Report 2009 concluded, "If the incoming Obama administration wants to shift from the 'abusive policies' of its predecessor, it must put human rights at the heart of its policy."

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