Barack Obama defends his decision to include Rick Warren in the Inauguration:
"During the course of the entire inaugural festivities, there are going to be a wide range of viewpoints that are presented," Obama said. "And that's how it should be, because that's what America is about. Part of the magic of this country is that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated."
Some people you just can't please. I'm sure Obama actually wanted Warren to give the invocation, but now must reference "diversity??"
From the letter sent to the President-Elect:
Rev. Warren cannot name a single theological issue that he and vehemently, anti-gay theologian James Dobson disagree on. Rev. Warren is not a moderate pastor who is trying to bring all sides together. Instead, Rev. Warren has often played the role of general in the cultural war waged against LGBT Americans, many of whom also share a strong tradition of religion and faith.
We have been moved by your calls to religious leaders to own up to the homophobia and racism that has stood in the way of combating HIV and AIDS in this country. And that you have publicly called on religious leaders to open their hearts to their LGBT family members, neighbors and friends.
Sounds more like the LGBT community has a problem with religion in general and Christianity in particular. Is there a prominent national Christian leader that supports gay marriage. That pretty much eliminates every Orthodox, Catholic, Southern Baptist, Black Southern Baptist, and any other Evangelical Christian group. On top of that, is there any religion that supports the homosexual agenda. The only group that may meet the LGBT criteria would be mainline protestants such as the Episcopalians. But that would defeat the whole point of unity.
Expect the ACLU to protest invocations and benedictions at national events soon...