Pastor Rick Warren to give inaugural invocation for Obama

President elect Barack Obama has chosen Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to deliver his inaugural invocation.  Pastor Rick Warren is not your typical Pastor.  His Saddleback Church is a hugely successful Ministry with thousands of members and he is a best selling author.  Pastor Rick warren is also Pro-Life and Anti Gay-Marriage.

Quickly, Obama supporters have expressed great disappointment at this choice of speaker and claim it will put something of a damper on the inuagration.  Commentators at have stated:

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote to Obama Wednesday. “[W]e 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.”

The rapid, angry reaction from a range of gay activists comes as the gay rights movement looks for an opportunity to flex its political muscle. Last summer gay groups complained, but were rebuffed by Obama, when an “ex-gay” singer led Obama’s rallies in South Carolina. And many were shocked last month when voters approved the California ban.

In other words – there is a progressive in the White House and therefore nobody right of center should expect to be acknowledged in any way.  Personally, I congratualte Obama for a brave choice and being willing to have someone that believes in God give the invocation.  (Hey, maybe Obama is a Christian afterall!)

Read more at…

About Vote3rdpartynow

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    Do I personally detest Rick Warren? Yeah, just like I do every other anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-intellectual homophobic preacher.

    I dislike the man on a visceral level… he strikes me as a smarmy used-car salesman (just like most televangelists do).

    And while on an intellectual level I can appreciate our common ground on climate change and whatnot, it doesn’t give him a pass with me for what I feel are his other execrable beliefs.

    The impact will be profound, by this decision he is putting out there a sense that Warren’s point of view and alike is mainstream.

    Colossal mistake.  I don’t understand the choice and I’m not going to be a contortionist and twist things to say that he did this because of his background as a community organizer.  It is what it is.

    Let us juxtapose those comments with the definition of an invocation.

    Invocation: A prayer of entreaty. The act of calling upon a deity or God for aid, protection.  A form of prayer invoking God’s presence.

    So here is my point to all this – If Barack Obama wanted to have a person open his inauguration ceremony with a word of prayer to God, seeking guidance, aid and protection – why would he ask someone that held views opposite to the widely accepted understanding of Christian faith, which Obama proclaims?  What the GLBT commuity wants is for Obama to ask someone that holds few Christian values and understandings to pray to God for wisdom and council.  Seems a little ironic, nes pas?  So in the meantime they will attack and vilify Pastor Rick Warren over at BlueMassGroup (The blog of diversity and tolerance).

  • Whatsamatta with the racist Rev Wright??

    Oh yeah…..bus treadmarks on his back….

  • WhatWouldReaganDo

    What the folks over at BMG don’t understand is that they have it backwards–it’s not that Obama is “legitimitizing” Rick Warren. Obama including Warren doesn’t make Warren and his views “more mainstream.”

    It’s the other way around. Having Warren there gives the perception that Obama and his Christianity are within the mainstream, despite all other indications to the contrary.

    During the campaign, Obama made non-statements and centrist statements, and his liberal record told another story. This is the same sort of thing–appear with someone within the mainstream of Christianity in a highly public setting, to appease and confuse the average voter, even when your views are of black-power liberation theology and radical racist “Christian” thought that cannot truly be considered Christian.  

    Warren supports a traditional definition of marriage–endorsed by 30 out of 30 states given a choice on the matter. If that’s not mainstream, I don’t know what is.

    Obama’s farce here is sort of scary. I hope the average Christian voter isn’t fooled by his photo-ops with centrists–he’s still a radial left-winger.