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Rick Warren Invocation

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.

Fighting Back in the Age of Obama

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

This isn't necessarily another angry take on Rick Warren. This is about fighting back in the age of Obama.

Some Sinful Links at Rick Warren's Updated Website

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Derrick

While Saddleback Church removed several entries from its website, a not-so-gay-friendly manifesto is back up. This wasn't a removal of homophobia, but revisionism for PR purposes.

Warren-Endorsed Nigerian Archbishop Backed Anti-Gay Laws Worse Than Pre-WWII Third Reich's

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

In 2006, Rick Warren publicly lionized (literally) Peter Akinola three months after the Archbishop had endorsed legislation more draconian than comparable anti-gay statutes passed prior to World War II under the Third Reich.

How to Keep the Hearts of Bigots Warm Through the Winter

Harvey Fierstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Fierstein

Obama can call the placing of a hate monger like Rick Warren on the world dais political healing or inclusiveness or any other nicety he'd like, but I call it pandering to the lowest instinct of the worst kind of politics.

Rick Warren is NOT Change We Can Believe In

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

People don't like to use the word, but "bigot" seems to fit the way Rick Warren operates. When it comes to religion, it's his way or the highway.

Victory? You betcha!

Michael Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rogers

Remember, it's not about swaying our hard-lined opponents, it's about talking to those in the middle. That is done with composure and, more importantly, respect.

Gay Marriage, Part 2

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

The gay marriage issue has intruded so profoundly on gay politics that I am told I should protest the inauguration of Obama, because he invited a minister to say a prayer whose main priorities are climate change, poverty, and AIDS.

Should Progressives Engage Agents of Intolerance?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there is a rational argument against gay marriage, I have yet to see it. And this is why Obama's invitation to Warren might just work. A major limitation to progressive thinking is our over-reliance on rational debate.

A Response to Melissa Etheridge

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

I am willing to agree that Rev. Warren is a good guy who said some bad things. I, like you, do trust that communication and cooperation will lead to increased tolerance and progress. I can't forgive Obama, though.

Dump Rick Warren - Letter to President-elect Obama

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

Rick Warren is a bigot, plain and simple. He has a long history of saying mean and hateful things to so many Americans with whom he does not agree.

As Long As We're Talking About Rick Warren, Did You Know Rush Limbaugh Is A Drug Addict?

Stephen Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Elliott

I'm not defending Rick Warren. But if the worst thing that happens during the Obama presidency is that he lets a hate-mongering idiot speak at his inauguration I'll be ecstatic.

Obama's Pastor Warren Pick; A Bridge Too Far

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Obama's version of the game has always been bridge building. He's completely serious about reaching out, transcending red and blue, and etc. But this is a bridge too far.

The Choice Is Ours Now

Melissa Etheridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Etheridge

I received a call from Rick Warren, and before I could say anything, he told me what a fan he was. He had most of my albums from the very first one. What? This didn't sound like a gay hater.

Rick Warren Announcement Is Slap In The Face To GLBTQ Army

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Foval

Mr. Obama, by choosing Rick Warren, you have sent a shiver up the spine of every GLBTQ American who believed that you might actually be the voice and actor of real change.

Is Rick Warren a Vampire?

Leah McElrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah McElrath

The best way to understand Warren's remark about supposedly loving "gays" is to look at his own church's policy statement about lesbian and gay people.

Rick Warren's Secret Weapon: Killer Marketing Instincts

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Patricia Martin

Barack Obama traded in quite a lot of brand equity as a fair-minded progressive in exchange for a piece of Warren's market share, with its vast army of followers.

The Unwarranted Talk About Warren

Lynda Resnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynda Resnick

With the magnitude of the recent media attention, you'd think Rick Warren had been chosen for a Cabinet post, rather than a small segment of a one-day affair.

Obama Floats Through Teapot Tempests

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Why does Obama have Rick Warren delivering the invocation? Politics, naturally. It's a way to keep slicing off some of what has traditionally been a Republican vote.

Why Gay Marriage is the Wrong Issue

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

How is it that queers became the odd ones out at such a momentous turning point in history? By pushing an agenda of stupid issues like gay marriage.

Why Pastor Rick Warren Was the Wright Move

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

As it stands, we've got a president-elect who is putting Rev. Jeremiah Wright behind him for good so he can deliver on some campaign promises. Stay tuned... And keep the faith.

Rick Warren: What Was Obama Thinking?

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

We can dialogue with them from now until the Rapture, but many evangelicals' ideas will still be anathema to most of those who elected Barack Obama.

Rick Warren and the Power of Prayer

Renita Weems | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Renita Weems

Sure, Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren for the inaugural prayer proves nothing more probably than that Obama is a consummate politician. Obama wil...

7 Days: Green Jobs, Caroline Kennedy and Rick Warren

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Is Obama's choice of Rick Warren another example of the president-elect giving conservatives the visual while later giving progressives the policy?