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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?