Hope Train derailed: Homophobe Pastor Rick Warren to give invocation at inauguration

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President-Elect Obama has unfortunately chosen Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church to give the invocation at the inauguration in January.

Pastor Warren is a rare gem of a human being/Christian. He has compared abortion to the Jewish Holocaust, equated gay marriage to incest and pedophilia, and previously cut a video in support of Proposition 8. See below:

I struggle desperately not to be a one issue voter, but like so many in the LGBT community, I am deeply disappointed by this choice, and at the expense of all the positives I have witnessed in the presidential transition thus far.

In what can only be called a calculated effort to reach across the aisle and placate the religious right, Obama has succeeded only in alienating some of his most fervent supporters, who have remained steadfast despite missing the “Hope Train” when Proposition 8 passed last month. Frankly, my wallet is still aching from all the contributions we made to the Obama campaign as well.

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time Obama has stepped in it. I gave Obama the benefit of the doubt the first time around, but don’t know if I can now. Not since Prop 8.

I’m sure many will argue that Barack Obama personally doesn’t support gay marriage in the first place, but nor does he think it’s appropriate to write discrimination into law. Constitutions enable rights, not redact them.

If it’s any consolation, there are some on the right who aren’t too happy with Pastor Warren either. Let them give him as much grief as we give Obama.

I’m reminded of a line from the Song “Down to Earth” by Peter Gabriel as I write this.

Do you feel you were tricked, by the future you picked?

The answer’s not yes. At least not yet.

Post by ILO on 12/17/08 at 5:33 pm
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3 Responses to “Hope Train derailed: Homophobe Pastor Rick Warren to give invocation at inauguration”

  1. Avonelle Says:

    Very well written my dear! I just could not watch the entire video, but I get the jist of what Mr. Warren is saying. I say he is free to hold onto his beliefs, I just don’t want them spewed out onto me! I especially don’t want LAWS passed that restrict ANY of our constitutional rights! Pah! Fye on YOU, Rick Warren!

  2. Mitch Says:

    Just saw this reported on Olbermann and was disheartened to say the least. If I were at the inauguration, I’d throw my shoes at both of these turkeys! Obama, you should definitely know better!!

  3. Chad Says:

    This invitation comes to me as a shock, to think that we were considering on going to the inauguration. So here are my queries, is the Obama team trying to please the religious right because of all this “baby killer” s**t. And was this man actually invited by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Events, chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California? Was he? If he was, I’m writing to Dianne Feinstein because she should know better.
    I know there are bigger issues than this but c’mon how much more insults do they really want to throw at the LGBT community, huh??

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