Some Americans Hot Like Fire Over Obama Inaugural Choice

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Barack Obama’s choice of pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration next month is not sitting well with people:

Prominent liberal groups and gay rights proponents criticized President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday for choosing evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration next month. President-elect Barack Obama has chosen pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

Warren, one of the most influential religious leaders in the nation, has championed issues such as a reduction of global poverty, human rights abuses and the AIDS epidemic.

But the founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, has also adhered to socially conservative stances — including his opposition to gay marriage and abortion rights that puts him at odds with many in the Democratic Party, especially the party’s most liberal wing.

“[It’s] shrewd politics, but if anyone is under any illusion that Obama is interested in advancing gay equality, they should probably sober up now,” Andrew Sullivan wrote on the Atlantic Web site Wednesday.

People for the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert told CNN she is “deeply disappointed” with the choice of Warren and said the powerful platform at the inauguration should instead have been given to someone who has “consistent mainstream American values.”

One thing is for sure, you can’t please everybody and that is especially true when it comes to politics. What do Bossipers think about Obama’s choice of extra-conservative pastor, Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration?




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  • Hughey Tynes

    Joel Osteen would have been a safer choice. He has no opinions, and therefore doesn’t offend anyone.

  • Tou Che

    Excellent choice

  • Balls Deep

    Bad Choice.. not sure why he went this route?

  • JJ

    Goodness gracious, Obama is surely feeling Jay’s quote on a song, “Can I live!”

  • Texas

    He would have been better off chosing TD Jakes

  • darealwifey

    I read Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” and thought it was great. In fact, I have been meaning to read it again, so I think I will do that soon.

    Rick Warren is more “mainstream” than they are making him out to be. Most true Christians adhere to the basic tenets of the Bible, which means that any pastor that subscribes to TRADITIONAL Christianity is not going to condone/promote homosexuality or abortion. That’s just a fact that people are going to have to deal with.

    Having said that, people are free to live as they want and disagree with Christianity, but we can all respectfully disagree. Rick Warren is just giving an invocation. He is not setting policy.

  • Vito

    He can’t please everyone…do you Mr. President.

    I don’t have a problem with the guy.

  • Nia

    Don’t really give a damn, as long as at the end of the day on 1/20/09, Barack Obama is officially President of the United States.

  • Bobbizzie

    This is a good choice—-Rick Warren is a great pastor —– btw, PURPPLE—-have some respect for others —-people always want to be 10 ft tall while behind the keyboard but get scared when confronted face to face. Be a man–not a coward.

  • Tou Che

    In Obama’s words…”we don’t live in a red America or a blue America, we live in the United States of America.” Think about his campaign he has the ability to inspire and to bring people together. I will be ever so happy when the time comes that we, as American, stop thinking in black and white. Get over it!

  • Brightchick

    I think it’s a good pick. There is a very large segment of the Democratic Party (not to mention all the Republicans that voted for Obama) that DOES NOT support gay marriage. Obama said pretty clearly in one of his debates that he does not support same sex marriage–civil unions, yes or maybe, I don’t remember. So it’s not surprise that he’s not pushing for something he doesn’t believe in. I think people need to very quickly figure out the difference between marriage and civil unions, and work toward what is possible. As a Christian and Democrat, I’m encouraged by his selection. I would also support civil unions between same sex couples, even though I don’t like it. I think people have the right to protect their money, benefits and property as they see fit.

  • brettingsworth

    Joel Osteen is just as conservative as Rick Warren, he simply has a different approach. I think Obama’s choice was great…what’s the issue? You can’t please everyone….

  • NO ID

    Interesting the controversy over this. He is a traditional Christian just like Rev. Lowery who is also participating. How about acknowledging Lowery’s contributions to the civil rights movement and how symbolic his involvement is? Or that Elizabeth Banks is going to compose a poem and yes, she’s a sistah. So it appears that Obama is keeping is word of being inclusive while still keeping his own heritage in mind. Rock on, O!

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