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Rick Warren Defends Obama’s Choice

December 21, 2008

Rick Warren, one of the nation’s most influential evangelical pastors, is defending President-elect Barack Obama‘s invitation that he give the invocation at the upcoming inauguration.

In a keynote speech that Warren delivered at the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s annual convention in Long Beach Saturday night, the pastor says he faced a lot of criticism for inviting Obama to his church three years ago.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of the best-selling Christian book of 2004, ’The Purpose-Driven Life,’ poses Jan. 10, 2005, at his church in Lake Forest, Calif. Warren says he wrote the book to save souls but even he was surprised when a man who shot his way out of an Atlanta courthouse in early March found God in his words and surrendered. Associated Press.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California

Warren says the two men don’t agree on everything but people with differences can work together to solve the world’s problems.

Obama’s choice of Warren sparked an outcry from gay rights and other liberal groups, who say choosing such an outspoken opponent of gay marriage is tantamount to endorsing bigotry.

–Associated Press