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Obama Defends Decision to Invite Rick Warren to Pray at the Inauguration

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Barack Obama’s comments on the Rick Warren controversy:

“I am fierce advocate for equality for gay and — well, let me start by talking about my own views. I think it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It is something I have been consistent on and something I intend to continue to be consistent on during my presidency. What I’ve also said is that it is important for America to come together even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues.And I would note that a couple of years ago I was invited to Rick Warren’s church to speak, despite his awareness that I held views entirely contrary to his when it came to gay and lesbian rights, when it came to issues like abortion. Nevertheless, I had an opportunity to speak, and that dialog, I think, is a part of what my campaign’s been all about, that we’re never going to agree on every single issue. What we have to do is create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans. So Rick Warren has been invited to speak, Dr. Joseph Lowery — who has deeply contrasting views to Rick Warren about a whole host of issues — is also speaking.”

The Rick Warren interview here.



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Annapurna Moffatt

posted December 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm


I think his choice is both good and bad: bad because of the gay-rights thing (I’m in favour of gay marriage), but also good because of the differences between Rick and the President-Elect, and the differences between conservatives and liberals in general.
Thing is, you can’t please everyone and President-Elect Obama isn’t perfect: he’s human, just like the rest of us.



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posted December 19, 2008 at 11:40 am


“I am fierce advocate for equality for gay[s]”
If that were true, you’d be standing up for the equal right to marry the person of one’s mutual choice.
This is as much of a lie as Mr. Warren’s uncharitable, false comparisons of our marriages to incest, polygamy and pedophilia.
Why are gay American citizens denied the equal right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Why are gay American citizens cut out of the ‘promise’ of liberty and justice for all? Equal means equal and all means all.



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