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Rick Warren Invocation

A Generation Ago, Rick Warren Would Have Made Obama Sit at the Back of the Bus

Alan Cumming | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alan Cumming

Would Obama have been fine with saying his parents entered into a civil partnership? Maybe. But would he be fine with hearing that his parents' marriage was akin to a brother marrying his sister or a pedophile marrying a child?

Gay and Feeling Hurt by Obama's Warren Choice

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

I'm trying to be open to the "we must talk to those we don't agree with" idea. Still, this is the first event of his presidency, and gay people's feelings seem so easily sacrificed by Obama.

Mr. Obama Disagrees

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration is dreadful. His explanation is even worse. He shrinks Warren's statements about gay people down to a "disagreement," as if we're talking about ethanol subsidies.

Obama, Rick Warren and Me

Marc Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Gunther

The controversy over Obama's choice got me wondering: Is there any religious figure in America today who could give the invocation at an inaugural without making some people unhappy?

We Call on You Lord: Leaked Rick Warren Invocation

Linda Hirshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Hirshman

A copy of what seemed to be a draft of an inaugural invocation by Pastor Rick Warren arrived in my fax machine this morning. I've posted it here.

Obama Was Right To Pick Warren

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Progressives are too used to failing. Stop worrying about little battles, you just won a war. It's all about real results now, not words, and not symbols. It is time to think like winners.

The Rev. Rick Warren Controversy: A "Blessing" in Disguise?"

Gary Cohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Cohan

I have expressed my outrage at Rick Warren's elevation to the national stage. Yet, if the gay community has the courage to take a deep breath, there's another way of viewing this situation.

Choosing Pastor Warren: Callous or Cunning?

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

What if the Obama team is thinking more than just one move ahead on the chess board? What if they plan on actual actions to bring long overdue civil rights to the nation's last unprotected minority?

Rick Warren and The Internet Giveth ... and Taketh Away

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Daou

For online political operatives and observers this is a prime example of the truism that the medium can quickly flip from being an asset to a liability.

Why Is Anyone Surprised Obama Picked Warren?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

This choice illustrates the downside of inspirational figures and the accompanying bad habit of investing in Obama your own ideas, values, priorities and views just because he moves you.

On Civil Rights, Obama Must Lead, Not Tinker

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

Putting Rick Warren on the inauguration dais is tantamount to leaving civil rights leadership to someone else. This is a troubling sign for a president elected to be a new kind of leader.

When inclusion becomes relativism

Morgan Warners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morgan Warners

President-elect Barack Obama erred in asking Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. A spokeswoman for Obama implied that the move ...

Rick Warren Giving Obama's Invocation: Pro-Lifers Hate Idea Too

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Wednesday, the Huffington Post reported that gay people and progressives were not pleased when Barack Obama chose Rick Warren to deliver the invoca...

Is There Method to this Rick Warren Madness?

Lucia Brawley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lucia Brawley

Obama's campaign proved that reaching out to those with whom we differ achieves the advancement of the progressive agenda - incrementally, rather than all in one fell swoop.

Rick Warren?! What Is Team Obama Thinking?

Bob Geiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Geiger

Obama and his staff are being incredibly disrespectful to Progressives -- having Warren anywhere near the festivities is just flat-out stupid politically.

Rick Warren and the Bad Old Days: They Aren't Over Yet

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

I wish progressives would get half as mad about today's Health and Human Services decision to publish "its "conscience rights" rule as they are about Rick Warren.

On Rick Warren: What Are we Fighting For?

Jon Hoadley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Hoadley

The choice of Warren underscores the fact that no openly-LGBT person has been selected to take part in the Inaugural ceremony, or be named to any level of Obama's White House staff.

Not Another Word on Gay Marriage Until They Execute an Adulterer

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The Rick Warrens of the world pretend that the Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman. But the Bible is full of men taking on second wives, prostitutes and concubines. And all the while, God heartily approves.

Rick Warren and Gays

John Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Leo

Gay activists are giving Rick Warren the full treatment, accusing him of homophobia and hate speech and of comparing gay marriage to incest. None of this is true.

Rick Warren, Obama? Really?!?!

Leah McElrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah McElrath

The message for American gay men and lesbians in the choice of Rick Warren is that -- once again -- "everyone" means everyone but us.

Rick Warren: Another Damper on My Chance at Obama-mania

Isobel White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Isobel White

Obama could have chosen any clergy member in the nation to deliver his invocation. So why one who spoke out so publicly in support of Prop 8. Why re-open painful wounds?

Sam Stein

Rick Warren, Obama Invocation Choice, Causing First Real Rift With Progressives | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ever since Barack Obama was elected president, the media has been pining to write a story about liberal dissatisfaction with his transition efforts. B...

Leaked Obama Transcript Explains Rick Warren Decision

John Aravosis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Aravosis

The following conversation may, or may not, have occurred between President-elect Barack Obama and the chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Sen. Diane Feinstein.

Why Obama Picked Rick

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

For a good ten minutes, I puzzled over why Obama would select an anti-gay conservative preacher, Rick Warren, to give his invocation speech. Several reasons occurred to me.

Embrace What You Have In Common With Rick Warren

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

There's something bigger at play here and you can't say Obama didn't warn you. He talked about reaching out, about expanding our politics and that crazy bastard actually meant it.