OC’s Rick Warren Chosen for Inaugural Invocation

Unless you’ve been hiding under your warm blankets, you know that Obama has chosen the Christian conservative uber-pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

Even though I disagree with Pastor Warren on many things, including his position on stem-cell research, I am not hugely outraged.

I’m thinking this is a very strategic move on Obama’s part, and he seems to be a person who is focused on inclusivity rather than exclusivity. You can never win people over to your side unless you engage them in dialogue, and this could be a good start.

Go here for Chal Pivik’s take on the matter at LA Metblogs.

4 Comments so far

  1. frazgo on December 18th, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

    Looks like pandering to me. Then again I suspect politicians and question authority in general.

  2. Jeff Donaldson (fejsez) on December 18th, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

    As I stated on my personal blog in July: "Obama is a breath of fresh air. He inspires people when he talks. He moves people. People need to see he is not the messiah, he is human. He is also a politician."While I understand the outrage by some, I can understand why this decision was made. Warren did play a role in getting him elected, as did the LGBT community. And while uber-conservative, who else was in the running? Reverend Wright? This was a good political move. Also, in the article frazgo linked in the LA Metblogs article comments, the campaign says there will be "…’wide range of viewpoints’ will be presented during the inaugural ceremonies." I am sure some of these viewpoints will not make conservatives happy, but will talk to the LGBT community.

  3. Jon (oc_jon) on December 18th, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    Warren, regardless of his political involvements, is an asshat. Just sayin’.

  4. rargirl on December 28th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    I find this revolting and acidic. This type of thing is the foundation of my distaste for politics in general.

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