Inauguration Team for Obama Stirs Prop 8 Fears After Choosing OC Pastor
A largely known Prop 8 proponent has been selected to do President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration invocation on January 20. Rick Warren of Lake Forest's Saddleback Church was chosen by the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which is causing the LGBT community to go a little nutsy on the blogosphere.
"As we've pointed out several times before, in 2004 Warren declared that marriage, reproductive choice, and stem cell research were "non-negotiable" issues for Christian voters," wrote a blogger at Right Wing Watch. "[He] has admitted that the main difference between himself and James Dobson is a matter of tone. He criticized Obama's answers at the Faith Forum he hosted before the election and vowed to continue to pressure him to change his views on the issue of reproductive choice."
"How on earth could he select fundie Rick Warren to do the invocation?" questioned Pam Spaulding, who understands the selection of Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery to deliver the benediction at the ceremony. Lowery is a revered veteran of the civil rights movement and was the co-founder, along with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Watch Warren below talk about Prop 8: