With the crushing defeats at the ballot box for our community this past November, the one bright spot, the glimmer of hope, that I held on to was Obama's election. While I may not always have agreed with all his stances (marriage equality) or actions (Donnie McClurkin), I always thought that somewhere deep down, he was different- that he somehow "got it."
But with the announcement that mega-hater Rick Warren will be "blessing" Obama and the nation on inauguration day, I am starting to see that change is a long way off for our community.
While the nicely packaged talking points from the Obama camp have said they are "building bridges" by having Warren speak, what they are truly doing is building walls. They are strengthening the existing hatred for our community by giving Warren the biggest audience he has ever had- the entire world will be watching on that historic day.
This is not the time for playing politics because this choice has a very real impact.
This isn't just about Warren's deplorable stance on marriage equality and Prop 8. Many people of faith might share his same views and they are free to have them. This isn't even about him using his pulpit as a place to preach politics and actively campaign against our community.
This is about his very personal and bigoted attacks on who we are as human beings. Comparing LGBT people to pedophiles and our relationships to incest, stirring the atmosphere of hatred under his guise of "religious leader", makes him equal to all the hate-filled, divisive people that have come before him and twisted religion to further hatred for a group of people. Giving him a spot of honor at a moment of national history gives him credence and makes his views more acceptable.
What Obama and his team need to realize is that this is not about politics. While many may view this a political disagreement, it is not. This is personal. This is about our very lives. It is about the dignity, the very existence of our community as Americans and as human beings.
There will be time later for "building bridges" and finding consensus with people. This moment in history is not it. This symbolic support of Warren and his views tells the world exactly where we stand as a country, and how far down the list we stand as a community.
So while I had high hopes for change, it seems what we get at a time when the entire world will be watching and taking cues, is more of the same.
And because of it, my heart hardens a little more.