Originally Posted by Matt Algren
I think your premise is flawed. Every opinion is not worthy of respect. We don't bring the KKK to the table to talk about race relations. We don't bring anti-Semites to the table to talk about Judaism. We don't bring sexist mofos to talk about gender equality.
Likewise, we shouldn't be asked to sit across the table from anti-gay bigots, people who run ex-gay programs, and people who compare us to pedophiles. We (gay or not) shouldn't be expected to recognize their views as worthy of respect.
That's a different argument though, from an emotional standpoint the Rick Warren's might be the equivilant of the KKK. However, from the physical standpoint they are not.
The opinion portion of who Rick Warren is, will never be against the law. No matter how wrong it may be.
At this point in time, according to our current laws, he is just another citizen who has done nothing wrong. Therefore treating him like he is evil (even though you may feel that he is) would be wrong and a form of discrimination in the eyes of the public.
If we want to see real change, sometimes we're going to have to work with people that we do not like. Luckily, that does not even include Rick, he's only speaking. But when it comes to ending a war, improving education, and getting health care, opinions about equal marriage rights are not relevant. If Obama seeks the opinion of a Rick Warren when it comes to dealing with human rights, then we have a reason to be seriously upset. We have to choose our battles or we're not ever going to accomplish anything.