Friday, December 19, 2008

Obama to gay protesters: Rick Warren's my inauguration pastor pick

Top of the Ticket | LA Times | Posted by Andrew Malcolm on December 18, 2008

Dueling public statements were released moments ago almost simultaneously on the growing controversy over President-elect Barack Obama's invitation to a conservative California pastor to give the invocation at his inauguration Jan. 20.

Just a few hours ago, The Ticket chronicled Obama's firm stand behind his invitation to Dr. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. Who'd have expected a few weeks ago that the liberal left would be attacking and threatening the Democratic president-elect while a conservative pastor of an Orange County mega-church would be praising him for courage.

Now, a few minutes ago the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center issued a statement under the name of chief of staff Darrel Cummings calling on the president-elect to disinvite Warren, who supported Prop. 8 on the Nov. 4 ballot, which passed and bans same-sex marriage.

Cummings' statement said:

"If President-elect Obama does not disinvite Rick Warren, then he is defining what inclusion in America will mean under his administration. It will mean that the practice of bigotry is acceptable, and that as president — in the name of 'inclusion' — he will provide a place and platform for that bigotry to be expressed and grow.

"Apparently we are welcome into the big tent of hope, but if we choose to enter, we should do so knowing we are in hostile, yet 'balanced' territory.”

read Warren's statement and the rest

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