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Rick Warren Obama 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.

Jaweed Kaleem

Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren: Obama Has 'Infringed' Upon Religious Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion

Saddleback Church founder and author Rick Warren, who once praised President Barack Obama's "courage" for inviting the conservative pastor to give the...

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.

Rick Warren Did Not Make Me a Believer

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

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.

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.

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.

Rick Warren's Church Sees Rounds Of Protests

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Gay rights supporters marched outside the church of evangelical pastor Rick Warren, protesting his selection as an inaugur...

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.

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...

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.

Waiting to Exhale: An Advocate Struggles with the Debate Over Warren

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Most of the public debate on Obama's selection of Rick Warren for the inauguration has centered on his vocal opposition to gay rights and to some exte...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.