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Rick Warren Obama Invocation

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Beyond Rick Warren

Hilary Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary Rosen

The power of gay people is not in our numbers, it's in the number of people we touch. It is hard work to convince people that when it comes to equal rights, we are all in this together.

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?

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 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...

I Voted (Twice) for Obama, and Apparently I Lost

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Warren's selection is a thumb in the eye of every lesbian and gay citizen, and an insult to kind and decent Americans who believed that Obama's presidency was the beginning of a new era.

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.

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 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 and Change.gov: 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.