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On the Rick Warren Invitation

December 18, 2008

You can admire President-Elect Obama on many things. His eloquence is extraordinary. His charm and charisma refreshes the stale halls of the White House. His earnestness is something that is needed–especially in terms of the dark times ahead. Resoluteness and intelligence marks his leadership ability especially when trying to deal with chaos and unrest as a result of the economy and the conflict overseas.

But the most remarkable thing about Mr. Obama is his capacity to forgive and extend a hand to those who do not agree with him. You’ve seen this aspect when he had met with his former opponent in the 2008 election, Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ). It was also apparent when Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) showed up at the governor’s conference held recently in Philadelphia.

And now, one will see it again with the future American leader’s choice in picking Reverend Rick Warren to give the Invocation at the Inauguration. The pastor is a rising star in the Christian Evangelical world.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m highly supportive of Mr. Obama’s efforts to get our country together. This is despite the fact I’ve disagreed with some of his choices for his Cabinet such as Hillary Clinton, Larry Summers,Tom Vilsack, Janet Napolitano (D-AZ), Timothy F. Geithner, Tom Daschle, and Ray LaHood (R-Ill). The keeping on of Bush Crony Robert Gates did not strike my fancy as well.

But, for the sake of all decency, Mr. Warren being given a position of honor at the Inauguration is a slap in the face and a travesty to all that is right and justified in this society. The spiritual leader’s views of the GLBTQ community is quite derogatory and hateful. His pro-life stance is appalling and antiquated. Furthermore, his position on Prop. 8 distastefully shows his narrow-minded and rather boorish views in regards to extending humanity and decency to all sectors of society.

Mr. Obama publicly stated his reasons why out of all the progressive clergy in America he could have chosen, he settled with Mr. Warren. As a result, the President-Elect demonstrated his capacity to reconcile with the very people who have slandered him and his beliefs. It is, in essence, turning the other cheek.

If it were only that simple in this complex world.

No matter how enlightened, powerful and astute that some in the MSM perceive this invitation on one of the most important days in American culture and history, it is still a decision that is rather controversial and troublesome. With his ideas and actions, Mr. Warren attacks true equality and freedom in a thriving democracy. That is why this choice cannot be respected.

The President-Elect could have invited the spiritual leader to do anything in a variety of capacities other than appear on this noteworthy event in January. But to put the pastor of the California megachurch on the national stage is to give wider recognition of his negative views. Although America has prided itself on freedom of thought, there are times the basic civility and respect for human-kind outweighs the promotion of a closed-minded individual who hides behind his religion.

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