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The Audacity Of Naivety

The announcement that Rick Warren will be delivering the invocation at the Obama inauguration is yet another sign that this new administration is going to be very interesting to watch. What possibly can be gained by giving such a stage to a bigot and flat-earther like Warren? I think I understand this whole “audacity of hope” thing and how you have to reach out to everyone in order to govern effectively — but this choice seems to go far beyond that. True progressives are outraged, and rightly so. Rick Warren makes Jeremiah Wright look mainstream.

There’s no doubt Obama is incredibly smart when it comes to politics, so I always find it hard to question his decisions. But I do have to wonder if maybe there is a streak of naivety here. And I have to believe he’s going to get burned by it sooner or later. Hopefully we all will survive that learning experience.