Rick Warren???

December 18, 2008

Steve Benen is not pleased about Obama’s choice of right-wing megachurch evangelist Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration:

“When Obama advances a progressive agenda on social issues, as he’s certain to do, Warren will continue to speak out on the other side — only now, he’ll do so with the added authority that comes with being the president’s hand-chosen pastor for the inauguration’s invocation. Warren’s status will soar, and his criticism of Obama’s policies — or Democrats’ in general — will resonate that much louder.”

I have to say, I’m not too comfortable with this, either. Nor is the Human Rights Campaign:

“Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said Obama’s selection represents a ‘genuine blow’ to the gay community.

‘By inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table,’ Solmnese writes.

‘In this case, we feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination,’ he adds.”

I understand the political realities here, and that Obama feels compelled to reach out to ‘moderate’ Christianists, but this doesn’t seem like the smartest way to do it.


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