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Obama Picked Pastor Rick Warren Why? Not The “Wright” Choice for Obama….

December 19, 2008

I guess Obama only knows two pastors and both of them are extremist jerks….Or this is just Obama’s second “Pastor Disaster”?

Is Rick Warren really supposed to invoke the name of God upon the Barack Obama inauguration in January?  Or is he there to erase the stain of another pastor: Jeremiah Wright?

One has to wonder….

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. performed Barack Obama's wedding ceremony and held a largely ceremonial role on a campaign committee.
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. performed Barack Obama’s wedding ceremony and held a role on an Obama for President campaign committee. (Photo by E. Jason Wambsgans — Chicago Tribune)

Many Americans have probably wondered what Obama was thinking while he was a parishoner in  Jeremiah Wright’s church for some 20 years and while Wright gave obnoxious sermons saying things like “God damn America.”

Now Americans are asking why in heck did Barack Obama pick Rick Warren for the inauguration?  He only knows two pastors?

No, as with all politicians, reasons are likely a lot murkier.  And a careful reading of the President-elect’s books might make one see a murky view toward religion, faith than God.  It is left up to the readers’ interpretation, largely.

Is Rick Wrren the “Wright” choice for Obama?  For America?

No.  But perhaps Team Obama picked Rick Warren hoping for some gain and unconcerned about what might be lost.

Rick Warren is a political, not a heavenly, appointment.

Rick Warren is an extreme right conservative.  Just as Jeremiah is….well, you decide.

If this is mainstream: put on your lifekacket.

I guess Obama only knows two pastors and both of them are extremist jerks….Go figure.

A new ad from Republicans in Pennsylvania highlights Barack Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 

Gays were still up in arms days after learning that Obama had asked anti-gay Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration.

But the real question remaining is why in heck did Obama choose Rick Warren in the first place?  Obama seem flummoxed into providing a really lame answer Thursday.

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From the Los Angeles Times

In commenting on the nation’s problems, Obama also called for “a restoration of a sense of responsibility, that all of us have responsibilities to operate honorably,” as well as of the principle of “advocating not just for ourselves, but what’s good for the country . . . operating not just out of greed, but operating out of a sense for the common good.”

He struck a similar note when asked about his choice of Rick Warren — pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and author of the best-selling “The Purpose Driven Life” — to give the invocation at his inauguration.

Gay rights protest Obama’s selection of Warren, in part because Warren supported Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to declare that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In a statement Thursday, Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, called Obama’s choice “extremely disappointing and hurtful,” and said he would decline an invitation to attend the inauguration.

Asked about the selection of Warren, which became known Wednesday, Obama called on Americans to “come together even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues.”

“We’re not going to agree on every single issue, but what we have to do is be able to create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold in common,” Obama said. He noted that civil rights activist Joseph Lowery would also speak at the inauguration.

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel ... 
Rick Warren.  Confused?

In a written statement Thursday, Warren commended Obama “for his courage to willingly take enormous heat from his base by inviting someone like me, with whom he doesn’t agree on every issue, to offer the invocation.”

Warren continued: “Hopefully individuals passionately expressing opinions from the left and the right will recognize that both of us have shown a commitment to model civility in America.”

Obama opposed Proposition 8 even though he, like Warren, opposes same-sex marriages. Aides said earlier this year that Obama believes state constitutional amendments such as Proposition 8 can threaten the legality of same-sex civil unions, which Obama supports.

Obama said that he had been invited to speak at Warren’s church in recent years despite the pastor’s “awareness that I have views that were entirely contrary to his when it came to gay and lesbian rights, when it came to issues about abortion.”

“That dialogue is what my campaign was all about,” Obama said. “The magic of this country is that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated. And so that’s the spirit in which we have put together what I think will be a terrific inauguration.”

Related:
Barack Obama and Rick Warren: Odder Than a Three Dollar Bill

Obama Had Choices Other Than Rick Warren, The Gay Hater

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/
nation/la-na-obama19-2008dec19,0,7442457.story

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Obama’s Former Pastor, Rev Wright Preaches, Blasts Media

December 8, 2008

Pundits questioned his patriotism based on sound bites, including one where he shouted “God damn America!”

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For the first time since his retirement last spring, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. returned to the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ this morning with two goals: glorifying God and vilifying the media.

In honor of Trinity’s 47th anniversary, Wright preached Sunday worship services in place of Rev. Otis Moss III, who was attending his father’s farewell from the pulpit of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland.

“Any preacher who dares to point out the simple ugly facts found in every field imaginable is demonized as volatile, controversial, incendiary, inflammatory, anti-American and radical,” Wright said, taking time out to note the thousands of Japanese civilians who died 67 years to the day when American warplane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. (Actually, Dec. 7 marks the day when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.)

By Manya A. Brachear
The Chicago Tribune

Citing the revelation to Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God, Wright said Mary’s disbelief was similar to the doubts some faithful shared about the future of Trinity after Wright’s retirement and the possibility of a black man being elected president.

Supporters say that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is misunderstood.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Said “God damn America”
during church sermon. Obama was a member of
the church and contributed money for some 20 years….

“Our legitimate questions tend to be asked from the vantage point of limited horizons,” said Wright during the 7:30 a.m. service. “Mary had a limited horizon. She couldn’t see how it was possible.”

“In almost every instance where I have encountered this phenomenon, what I have discovered is that the limited horizons are caused by the tendency to look for a person to provide you with answers for your legitimate questions,” Wright continued. “I really should say our legitimate questions, not your legitimate questions, because God knows I’ve got some questions myself.”

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 http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008
/12/reverend-jeremiah-wright-trinity-united-ba
ptist-church-chicago-obama.html