CA Minister to lead Obama’s inaugural prayer is a Prop 8 supporter

CNN is reporting that the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has chosen Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation at Obama’s swearing in ceremony in January. Warren was an outspoken supporter of Prop 8 and has also been openly critical of Obama’s stance in favor of reproductive choice.

In a newsletter sent in October by the Lake Forest CA-based church, Warren said of Prop 8, “This is not a political issue — it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about.”

Warren hosted a “presidential forum” at his church last summer attended by both Obama and Senator John McCain and challenged each candidate on “faith-related issues.”  Ultimately, Warren did not endorse either candidate.

Obama said (albeit quietly and not more than a few times) that he opposed amending California’s state constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage, and he enjoyed enormous support from the gay community in terms of fund-raising as well as turning out gay voters. Although CNN is saying Warren was chosen by the CCIC, that Obama has obviously signed off on this is a bitter disappointment. Choosing a divisive figure to lead the invocation at his own inauguration encourages more of the same: bigotry masquerading as “religion.”

Et tu, Barack?

3 thoughts on “CA Minister to lead Obama’s inaugural prayer is a Prop 8 supporter”

  1. Dude, I coulda told you so, he’s a politician like the rest and played his audience well. Right now he has his own agenda and Prop 8 sadly has to take a back seat to wooing the religious middle to gain broader support in the middle and whittle down the divide in this country.

    I don’t believe for one minute that any pol will step in on Prop 8 and rock the boat with future elections. Right now the Dems can’t afford to lose their slim majority and the GOP won’t do shit to lose their filibuster power. This is a civil rights issue that needs to be determined once and for all in the courts. On that note I’ve contributed again to the No cause and the litigation.

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