Gay community furious at Warren pick for Inauguration invocation

Jimmy Orr at the Christian Science Monitor’s Vote Blog shares the LGBT community’s reaction to President-elect Barack Obama’s choosing Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inaugural address. “By inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table,” writes Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert states, “[Warren] has recently compared marriage by loving and committed same-sex couples to incest and pedophilia. He has repeated the Religious Right’s big lie that supporters of equality for gay Americans are out to silence pastors. He has called Christians who advance a social gospel Marxists.” Read the rest of the posts here.

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  1. Submitted by Forbes Forbes on 12/18/2008 - 06:06 pm.

    Dear Sen. Obama: Your decision to have Pastor Warren do the invocation at your inauguration may be some kind of gesture to “reach out” to our citizens on the extreme right but that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. We’re talking about the Lunatic Right, the folks who have brought us religous, ethnic and sexual dicrimination, the war on science, greed-based economic catastrophe, and the abandonment of the Constitution. This will not unite the nation; nothing short of agreeing completely with these peoples’ lunatic dogma will appease them. This is a time to call on America to rededicate itself to real freedom and opportuniy for all, not to tacitly endorse discrimination and hatred.

    I find it particularly troubling that a man of color who has become the standard-bearer of the most-discrimnated-against people in this nation can make such an inexcusable decision. My question to you is: who else are you willing to throw under the “Unity Bus”? Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists? Or maybe me or my friends or neighbors, or maybe even my children? And I’m serious when I mention my children, because one of my daughters is transgendered, and at constant and very real risk of unspeakable violence because of who she is (and I don’t mean because she is a brilliant young scientist and teacher, or that she’s a great parent, or that she’s an all-around fine human being). Please tell me you took advice from somebody you trusted and you didn’t know. Say SOMETHING-AND IT BETTER BE GOOD! Dumping on those who brung you is probably
    not a real good way to attain your avowed goals–or was that just what you had to say to get elected?

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/19/2008 - 09:49 am.

    Warren simply expressed the opinions that one would hear from the overwhelming majority of religious leaders on the subject of immorality and sin.

    They are, by the way, the same opinions held by the majority of Americans.

    One wonders if the writers experienced the slightest discomfort when describing the desire of the homosexual lobby to silence religious leaders as “a big lie”, while penning a story relating their outrage over allowing a religious leader the opportunity to deliver a religious invocation and their demands that he be silenced.

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