Thursday, December 18, 2008

Obama asks Evangelical to give Invocation at Inaugural

In yet another outreach to "values voters" and "social conservatives", President-elect Barack Obama has asked Pastor Rick Warren - pastor of Saddleback Church where the infamous "above my pay grade" response was given during the campaign - to give the invocation at the inauguration. This prayer at the start of the event asks God's blessing upon it and upon the man being sworn in as President of the United States.

According to reports, gay rights groups are furious over the perceived betrayal, especially in light of the referendum in California.

5 comments:

BH said...

Obama and Warren both believe in "civil unions". They have the SAME VIEW on gay marriage! Why all the fuss?

Nomad said...

Because the gay activists believe that Warren believes that gays are not "born that way" and that he would seek to change them. They believe Obama is "their man" and should oppose everyone who disagrees with them in any way. The California loss has left them wounded and angry, and not in a mood for compromise.

Sean said...

I think they suffer from activist-itis, which basically causes one to think that the cause for which they fight is the only thing anybody is concerned about. In this case Obama has shown otherwise and they're a bit upset about that.

Suricou Raven said...

The fuss centers around a few previous quotes by Warren, in which he stated that homosexuals are morally equivilent to pedophiles. Regardless of his precise political positions, I'm not surprised at his unpopularity because of that - who wouldn't be upset if you said they are morally equivilent to a pedophile?

shadwomom1 said...

Would they still be objecting to Billy Graham, who has done the invocation for generations? He is not exactly a gay activist. Of course, at this stage of his life he is not speaking out against the gay lifestyle, either. I'm sure no one is asking him the tough questions any longer, but we all know he would agree it was sin. (The lifestyle, not the inclination.)