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Audio: Mel asks you to 'Go on believe her when she tells you nothing's wrong'

by Jeremy Hooper

Melissa Etheridge is still defending the Rick Warren fiasco, accepting the line about the ceremonial invite being a matter of political bridge-building. This snippet comes from the January 3rd edition of NPR's "All Things Considered" (other speaker is NPR's Guy Raz):

*FULL SEGMENT: Singer Etheridge Defends Obama's Choice Of Warren [NPR]

So he has an excuse for his incset/polygmay/pedophilia comments. And what about all the others, like when he stated that gays should never act upon their realities? What sort of excuse would earn him your pass on that one, Melissa? How far is a preacher allowed to go and still receive a purely ceremonial, non-policy-making invite to this supposedly pro-gay president's celebratory event? And the key question for us: Would a conservative president EVER have extended the same to a gay or even gay-inclusive preacher?

It's easier and more convenient to see this situation as no big deal, and to accept this invite as a peace offering towards the creation of a better world. And that would be true if we were talking about an inclusive policy forum on religious issues. But we are not talking about such an event -- we are talking about the new president's welcoming party. In this instance, it still feels much less like an olive branch and more like a thorny branch smacking us in our queer faces.

(H/t: Towle)

**EARLIER: Mel, we adore you. But... [G-A-Y]
Mel's wife, Tammy Lynn Michaels, also defends Warren [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

She's earnest for sure, but sadly misguided. When did she become our spokesperson?

Posted by: John Ozed | Jan 5, 2009 10:51:10 AM

Yea John, in a way I hate to criticize her because she's clearly so passionate and so desirous of doing the right thing. But in this instance, I find her way off the mark. And it's annoying, because she gets more attention than most of us could ever dream of.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 5, 2009 10:53:57 AM

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