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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.

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.

Too Big To Fail

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

We gay people keep saying we're just like straight people. We are not. We are much more tolerant. We have been putting up with tiresome phobia for long enough. What are they afraid of?

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Time Mag Columnist: Obama Is "Very Rational-Sounding Sort Of Bigot"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a Time magazine column, John Cloud writes that gay people should not be surprised that Barack Obama picked Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at...

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.