Rick Warren As Invocation Speaker

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A-list blogger acknowledge that Barack Obama is Time's Person of the Year, and then imposes on him Wanker of the Day.


Because of Obama's decision to have Rick "A Purpose Driven Life" Warren give the inaugural invocation.

In fact many, particularly in the gay and lesbian community, are NOT happy about the selection of Warren.  For example:

This selection is clearly not about “change”—it’s about making a high profile decision to give the stage over to a known homophobe; choosing Rick Warren is tantamount to asking any of the professional anti-gay “Christian” set to stand up there. There is no excuse for this; given there are so many leaders of the faith community that are in alignment with equality for all.

True.  He's not the best choice.  But viewed in the proper light, this is really more of a slap in the face to the religious right — those of the James Dobson and Pat Robertson ilk.  Warren may not be progressive on gay rights, but he’s been out front on a number of issues of global justice.  He's at the forefront of getting rank-and-file evangelicals invested in "creation care" environmentalism and the fight against global HIV/AIDS.  He's far more moderate than the religious leaders we've come to know (and disdain) for the past few decades.

And it's not like Warren is going to be dictating social policy… on gays or other issues.  Obama clearly doesn't subscribe to Warren's views on gays:

Besides, it's just an inaugural invocation.  So I can't find myself generating the outrage that others seem to.

P.S.:  The Inauguration will also involve Reverend Joseph Lowery, who will be delivering the official benediction at the Inauguration. Reverend Lowery is a giant of the civil rights movement who boasts a proudly progressive record on LGBT issues. He has been a leader in the struggle for civil rights for all Americans, gay or straight.