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 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.
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.
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.
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.”