December 23, 2008

Thank you, Melissa Etheridge...

Melissa Etheridge posted something really wonderful up at Huffington Post about us all coming together around Obama. Plus, she says that Rick Warren takes back a lot of the nasty things he said about gays and lesbians...

I told my manager to reach out to Pastor Warren and say "In the spirit of unity I would like to talk to him." They gave him my phone number. On the day of the conference I received a call from Pastor Rick, and before I could say anything, he told me what a fan he was. He had most of my albums from the very first one. What? This didn't sound like a gay hater, much less a preacher. He explained in very thoughtful words that as a Christian he believed in equal rights for everyone. He believed every loving relationship should have equal protection. He struggled with proposition 8 because he didn't want to see marriage redefined as anything other than between a man and a woman. He said he regretted his choice of words in his video message to his congregation about proposition 8 when he mentioned pedophiles and those who commit incest. He said that in no way, is that how he thought about gays. He invited me to his church, I invited him to my home to meet my wife and kids. He told me of his wife's struggle with breast cancer just a year before mine.

Fine, Melissa... just as soon as he decides to say this publicly and apologize, I'll be more than happy to let bygones be bygones.

So, Mel, just call up your good friend the Rev and let him know we're all good if he'll just apologize for comparing me to a goddamn pedophile. I don't need it one on one, how about YouTube? It certainly worked well enough for him when he was preaching lies and hatred.

Posted by mcblogger at December 23, 2008 02:28 PM

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