Some Americans Hot Like Fire Over Obama Inaugural Choice

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

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!

  • Detroiter4Life

    Mr. President do yo thang……somebody somewhere will always have something to say. If you start listening to any and everybody you’ll always be a Nobody! Let the man Breath……

  • persona

    I think I’m close to being over the euphoria of Obama. Problem isn’t even Rick Warren, it’s the fact that EVERYTIME a democrat wins they don’t act like a democrat. Instead they lean towards the middle trying to make everyone happy… And I’m find with compromise but when the left PICKS YOU because you’re supposed to be LIBERAL and all you worry about is “fitting in” that sucks. I mean, come on… Bush came to office and he didn’t give a phuck. He was popular for a LONG time, phucking everything up and people still loved him and voted him in twice. We can’t even get a real democrat to ride for the left? WHATEVER!

  • persona

    “we don’t live in a red America or a blue America, we live in the United States of America.”

    He made that statement to bring people together, which is great. That still does not mean that BLUE American didn’t win you the white house. You ahve to be everyone’s president, but never forget who took you to where you need. Those people are voting and the MAJORITY stated they wanted a more liberal and INCLUSIVE America.

  • Marc B's Honey...Mrs. Real Talk

    I feel that president-elect Barack Obama is doing the right thing. How can you truly be a Christian and say that it is alright for people to unite with other people of the same sex. This is a total defiance of the Word of God. Yes, God does love everybody, but he does not love everything that we do. The Bible clearly states that same-sex relationships are an abomination to God…that’s that on that-no ands, ifs, or buts about it!!! And besides, I don’t feel like a person should be defined by the political party-that’s just simply ludicrous. I can not honestly say that I am conservative about all issues. I also can not honestly say that I am liberal about issues. There are going to be some issues that a person is conservative about and other issues that a person is liberal about. Politics are going too damn far with this liberal and conservative mess. For this reason, I consider myself “Independant”. I honestly feel that people are going to do all that they can to slander this man, but I am a firm believer that whatever God has for you is for you, and if it is God’s will for Obama to remain in office, then he will remain in office…Next!!!

  • Marc B's Honey...Mrs. Real Talk

    @ Texas…
    TD Jakes is against gay marriages and abortion rights as well…
    Trust me, he has come to my church plenty of times
    And like I said in my previous post…any “true” Christian is going to be against these things as well. Yes, we must love everybody, but we must not condone anything that goes against the Word of God…

  • Marc B's Honey...Mrs. Real Talk

    @ dareal wifey…

    I am truly feelin’ your message…Preach on

  • Triple T

    I don’t like the way some people compare the discrimination of race and gays.

    Come on now. People have a hard time trying to understand gay people life because the anatomy of a man and woman’s body is made for each other.

    It takes people a while or never to understand how gay people live.

    Now discriminating because someone is black is just a jealousy thing for some reason.

    Discriminating against gays is not right, but it’s much more than just a skin color.

  • Soulwriter

    Why not TD Jakes? Just wondering….

  • jenn

    it’s a prayer.

    get over it.

    rick warren is not going to sit on Obama’s cabinet and set domestic policy. he’s giving ONE prayer.

  • d

    Sigh!!!!I am sure there are many preachers out there who would not offend. A simple preacher from a small town church would have been nice, nostalgic even. You know my thoughts on mega churches and preachers. And I grew up C.O.G.I.C. Sigh, then again so many of the groups that will be offended were Hiliaryocrats – No sure how to lean on this, but my feeling are leaning towards an insensitive move. IF the preacher he chose said that the people in Katrina deserve what happened to them (as so many this guys counterparts have said) then would he be a good choice? My thing is you cant please everyone – but you shouldn’t offend another group to do so. Remember that one day you could be in that group. Sigh

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