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Rick Warren Invocation

Obama, Inaugural Prayers And The Evangelicals Who Don't Love Him

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

On the day when the National Cathedral has announced that gay people can be married in its sanctuary, it seems discordant to invite someone to pray who is on the record as condemning gay people to hell.

The Wind Is Out of My Sails

Mario Ruiz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Ruiz

It's of no interest to me whether Rick Warren appears as an empathetic or warmhearted man. What matters is what comes out of his mouth. What he preaches, what he and his church stand for.

Tomlin: Classically Funny, Always OUTspoken

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Lily Tomlin does not wear the "comic legend" moniker easily; probably because she doesn't have time to reflect on four decades as a strong, out female in the male dominated world of stand-up comedy.

Out of Many, One: A Collective Moment of Goose Bumps That Will Empower a Nation

Steven Stamstad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Stamstad

No matter whom we met, on the National Mall, in museum or Metro lines, every one was flying above the clouds because of our new president and the new promise and possibility for our country.

Rick Warren Did Not Make Me a Believer

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Why the pronoun-switch midstream from "me" to "us"? Who is this "us"? You and other Christians? It sounded like you meant all of us, Rick Warren.

How Rick Warren's Invocation Made a U.S. Army Officer "Hate Himself"

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

One decorated officer, a man who repeatedly risks his life, could not muster the courage to resist the pressure of his "serious and committed born again Christian" commanding officer to applaud Rick Warren.

A Prayer for Most Americans

C. Brian Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Brian Smith

If our new president is truly devoted to change, he will separate, once and for all, the sloppy, congealed mess that is Church and State. He will allow us to shed unsolicited religious ideology which suffocates us like a dirty, wet t-shirt.

Obama Shifts Spiritual Dialogue to Focus on Possibilities

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzette Standring

Both Gene Robinson and Rick Warren symbolize universal aspirations: that of equality and acceptance, and that of faith-based service to the poor, the sick and the disenfranchised.

UPDATED: Bishop Robinson's Prayer to be Included in Clips Shown on the Mall prior to Swearing In Ceremony

Leah McElrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah McElrath

The omission of the prayer delivered by openly-gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson from the HBO broadcast of the pre-inaugural concert is creating a new controversy surrounding the inauguration.

Who Says America Doesn't Have a Prayer?

Larry Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Ross

Through this visible Inaugural platform, President-elect Obama and Dr. Rick Warren have opportunity together to move beyond sectarian interest to national interest.

On Inaugural Preacher Picks, Activists and Bloggers Are Caught in Their Own Web

John Lumea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Lumea

Warren was formally announced on 17 December. When did Obama formally invite him? Do we know? When did Obama start considering Warren for the inauguration? Do we know? I suspect not.

Rick Warren Lauds Obama Choice Of Openly-Gay Pastor For Inaugural Prayer

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Pastor Rick Warren, demonstrating his recently discovered and ever-increasing political savvy, has issued a statement lauding President-elect Obama's ...

Take Your Hand Off My Bible

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leora Tanenbaum

Most of us have a presidential fantasy. Some of us long to transform the health care system. Some imagine the possibilities in humanitarian aid. Oth...

Zelizer's Book Corner: Frank Lambert's Religion in American Politics

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Frank Lambert's Religion in American Politics is a perfect starting point for understanding just how deep the tradition of liberal religious activism runs.

How Questioning The President Went From an Argument to a Conversation

Jason Notte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Notte

After nearly a decade, it's nice to see that Americans can petition their president again.

Black in an Obama World

Kiesha Ramey-Presner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kiesha Ramey-Presner

I am ecstatic about the election and proud of Obama, but he is everyone's President, not just mine -- and I am entitled to the same rights as everyone else to hold opinion of him.

E-Samizdat works!

Dave Belden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dave Belden

If an MLK led a Selma march today and the media ignored it, as they have ignored so many anti-war and anti-torture protests these last years, would it...

Gay Christian Editor Pens Open Letter To Rick Warren

Queerty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Pastor Rick, How are things going for you since being selected by Obama to be his hotline to God at the inauguration? We couldn't help but notice tha...

A Response to Melissa Etheridge

Cathy Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cathy Brooks

Yes, Rick Warren presents himself as a reasonable, thoughtful and even mostly accepting man. That's precisely the problem.

A Solution for Obama

Sam Ciraulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Ciraulo

For Inauguration Day, I propose an alternative that both respects the choice of the President-Elect of Warren and affirms the dignity of those Gay and Lesbian Americans who have stood with him.

OMG! Rick Warren! BFD!

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It is so small, in such a long day of pageantry, on the first day of some long years of the fight ahead. In terms of the fish-frying before us, Rick Warren is a scallop, and Moby Dick is circling us.

Gays and Rick Warren Could Come Together?

Sandip Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandip Roy

When it comes to showing magnanimity, big-tent inclusiveness, suck-it-up-for-the-good-of-the-country -ness, why is it the gays who always get to be the sacrificial lamb?

Rick Warren and Respect

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Selecting Rick Warren for the inaugural invocation is a Sister Souljah moment for Barack Obama. It's not his first, but it's the saddest, the most hurtful.

What Would Obama Do If Obama Was Mad At Obama About Rick Warren?

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Obama would move on -- he'd refuse to be distracted. He'd brush the dirt off his shoulder and immediately return his focus to winning.

When "Disagreement" Becomes Murder

Mikko Alanne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mikko Alanne

In America, violence against gays, lesbians, and transgendered people most often begins in hateful and intolerant words spoken in right-wing churches like Rick Warren's Saddleback.