President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a pastor who opposes gay marriage as a speaker at his inauguration, creating a commotion over what inclusiveness will mean for his administration.
Obama chose Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor of the southern California megachurch Saddleback, to give the invocation when he takes office in January.
The president-elect on Thursday said that he held views "absolutely contrary" to Warren on gay rights and abortion and described himself as "a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans."
"During the course of the entire inaugural festivities, there are going to be a wide range of viewpoints that are presented. And that's how it should be, because that's what America is about. That's part of the magic of this country is that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated," he said.
"He selected someone who actively worked to eliminate the rights of me and millions of others," said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California and a leader in the fight against Prop 8, which is in effect while it is challenged in court.
The choice was "appalling" he added. "If that's Obama's idea of a new day, we are in a lot of trouble."
Ah, I guess Mr. Obama’s supporters felt that “change” meant “fall in line behind the liberal agenda.” The fact of the matter is no one’s rights were “eliminated” since marriage itself is not a “right.” Of course, that is a whole other discussion for another day.
On the flip side is Pastor Warren’s willingness to give the invocation. If he was anything like the caricatured Christians the left paints, Warren would have declined Obama’s invitation due to the President-elect’s radical left stances on moral issues. To me, Pastor Warren epitomizes a Christian individual by showing unconditional love and compassion for those who would mock God’s commandments.
So-called “liberals” could learn a thing or two about tolerance from a man of God like Rick Warren.