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Gay Congressman Says Obama Made A Mistake on Pastor

December 22, 2008

The team admired for its careful decision making and control is still getting heat for last week’s announcement….  Maybe they should have said a prayer before this one….

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President-elect Barack Obama shouldn’t have selected Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation because the evangelical pastor has made offensive comments about gays, said Representative Barney Frank.

“Giving that kind of mark of approval and honor to someone who has frankly spoken in ways I and many others have found personally very offensive, I thought that was a mistake for the president-elect to do,” said Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, today on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Associated Press and CNN

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, ...
Barney Frank

Frank, who is openly gay, made the comments after Obama stood by his selection of Warren for the Jan. 20 inauguration. Obama, speaking at a Dec. 18 news conference, said he doesn’t share Warren’s views on gay rights and wants to create an atmosphere “where we can disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.”

Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life”and founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, has drawn criticism from gay rights groups for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Warren didn’t return a message left on his voice mail at the church. He has defended himself by saying he loves “gays and straights,” according to the Associated Press.

Related:
Obama’s Other Choices After Rick Warren for Prayer

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

 Speaking at Obama’s Swearing-In: Pro-Life, Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/21/rep-frank-oppo
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Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel ... 
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in this September 26, 2008 file photo. U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Warren, who opposes gay marriage, as a speaker at his inauguration, creating a commotion over what inclusiveness will mean for his administration.REUTERS/Chip East/Files

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Gay Leaders Furious with Obama Over Rick Warren

December 18, 2008

Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that – in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California – is looking for a fight.

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amas-rick-warren-inauguration-pick-sparks-gay-fury/

Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government role in fighting poverty, and backed away from other evangelicals’ staunch support for economic conservatism. But it’s his support for the California constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that drew the most heated criticism from Democrats Wednesday.

Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote Obama Wednesday. “[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination.”

By Ben Smith, Nia-Malika Henderson
Politico

The rapid, angry reaction from a range of gay activists comes as the gay rights movement looks for an opportunity to flex its political muscle. Last summer gay groups complained, but were rebuffed by Obama, when an “ex-gay” singer led Obama’s rallies in South Carolina. And many were shocked last month when voters approved the California ban.

“There is a lot of energy and there’s a lot of anger and I think people are wanting to direct it somewhere,” Solomonese told Politico.

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In this Aug. 16, 2008 file photo, then Democratic presidential ...
In this Aug. 16, 2008 file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, joins Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, for a discussion on moral issues. Aretha Franklin will sing, Warren will pray and more than 11,000 U.S. troops will be watching over the ceremonies in case of a terrorist attack during President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Speaking at Obama’s Swearing-In: Pro-Life, Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren

December 18, 2008
Prop. 8 supporter Rick Warren of Saddleback Church will give the inaugural invocation, a choice that angers gay rights activists.
Paloma Esquivel
The Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2008
Nationally known author and pastor Rick Warren has accepted an offer to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural swearing-in ceremony, drawing fury from gay rights activists and opponents of Proposition 8.

Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, accepted the invitation to participate in the ceremony within the last few days, said Kristin Cole, a spokeswoman for the 20,000-member, four-campus mega-church. According to a program released by the Joint Inaugural Committee, Warren will give the invocation immediately after opening remarks by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California).
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Earlier this year, as the debate over same-sex marriage raged in California, Warren publicly endorsed Proposition 8, which amends the state Constitution to declare that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Since the proposition passed in November, hundreds of protesters have gathered near his Orange County church to condemn the stance.

Related:
Obama To Gays: Pastor Rick Warren Will Help Us All “Come Together”

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

Gay Leaders Furious with Obama Over Rick Warren

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-na
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Obama, inauguration, Paston Rick Warren 
Above: Barack Obama with pastor rick Warren.  Photo:  Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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From the Body File:
(Christian Broadcasting Network)

Pro-Lifer Rick Warren At Obama Swearing-In, Will Speak

Pro-life pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation at President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. It makes a whole lot of sense. Even though Warren and Obama disagree on the life issue, they do see eye to eye on many social justice issues. This move is also classic Obama because it is a signal to religious conservatives that he’s willing to bring in both sides to the faith discussion in this country. Obama has never shied away from that.

The benediction will be led by Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. The Civil Rights leader seems to be the perfect pick on such an historic day in this nation’s history. …

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Rick Warren: There’s a purpose behind our problems

December 5, 2008

Rick Warren, founder and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is one of America’s most influential authors and religious leaders. In August, he moderated a discussion on key issues between presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

CNN

Rick Warren says no matter what problem you have, there's a purpose behind it.

Rick Warren says no matter what problem you have, there’s a purpose behind it.

His latest book is “The Purpose of Christmas.” He was interviewed by Kiran Chetry on “American Morning” on Friday. Here is an edited version of the exchange:

Chetry: We always say we don’t want Christmas to be commercialized. It seems that at the end of the year, we end up in the same position, worried about buying presents, worried about spending money, worried about holiday cards, and how do you get back to the real meaning?

Rick Warren: A lot of people are really hurting because of the economy and because of the fears about what’s going to happen, and really those same problems are the problems that Mary and Joseph went through. Housing, no room at the inn, travel, economic unrest, things like that.

So I wrote this book really to focus us on what is the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a book of hope, and the big idea behind it is that no matter what problem you’re going through, there’s a purpose behind it. God has a purpose, and that purpose can help you make it through even the stressful times when we decide to write a note to everybody, buy a gift for everybody, redecorate our house, have five or six meals and go to eight or nine parties.

Chetry: Exactly, because that’s usually what ends up happening, and sometimes  the spirit….

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tmas/index.html