From today's New York Times blog:
This Father’s Day, one of most popular pastors in America will open his megachurch to homosexual dads, an event that would usually signal an extreme weather alert from old guard Republican evangelical leaders.
But by welcoming gay fathers into his Southern California flock, Rick Warren, author of the “The Purpose Driven Life,” is not just living up to the highest standards of Christian fellowship, he’s turning the page on a particularly embarrassing part of our politics.
The rest of the post deals with the perpetually fraught problem of the relationship of religion to politics in teh United States, reviewing the mutual abuse religious and political leaders have subjected one another to over the past thirty years.
While Warren might not be endorsing any candidates or issuing political jeremiads, the fact that one of the largest megachurches in the United States is openly welcoming gay dads to church on Father's Day has tremendous political implications. Most crucially, it means that the ability of the Republican party to mobilize conservative Christians around issues of hate is finally dying an appropriately ignominious death.
As to the broader question of religion and politics, I suspect it will continue to be deeply divisive for a long time to come, if for no other reason than what it means to "mix" religion and politics is a very open discussion.
But, it is a discussion for another day. For now, lets just be glad that the glacier has inched a little bit farther forward on the road of progress.