This probably won’t come as news to you:
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” has been chosen to give the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration next month. Warren supported California’s Proposition 8, comparing homosexuality to incest and child molestation, and claiming that allowing gay marriage violates freedom of speech and religion.
Obama defends the choice of Warren, saying that it’s all part of bringing together different view points and uniting the country. Further he argues that Warren has done much to add poverty and social justice to evangelical priorities. But in 2004, Warren released a list of five questions for Christians to consider while voting, calling them non-negotiable issues. Here are the questions:
1. What does each candidate believe about abortion and protecting the lives of unborn children?
2. What does each candidate believe about using unborn babies for stem-cell harvesting?
3. What does each candidate believe about homosexual “marriage”?
4. What does each candidate believe about human cloning?
5. What does each candidate believe about euthanasia — the killing of elderly and invalids?
So where are poverty and AIDS relief on that list?
As for Obama’s desires to talk to people with different views, what’s the point of talking to someone with a list of non-negotiables? The term implies that’s the nothing to talk about, by definition there can be no compromise.
Gays were thrilled to hear Obama mention gay Americans in his victory speech at Grant Park, but as Joe Solmonese put it this is a “genuine blow to LGBT Americans.” You can read the HRC president’s entire letter here.