December 18, 2008
“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.