It had to happen sooner or later. For those who haven't heard, President-elect Barack Obama has picked Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. The problem? Check out Warren's views on Prop 8 and homosexuality:
Rick Warren:Oh I do. I just... For five thousand years, marriage has been defined by every single culture and every single religion - this is not a Christian issue. Buddhists, Muslims, the Jews, historically marriage is a man and a woman. And so I'm opposed to that. And the reason I supported Prop 8 really, was a free speech issue.
Because if it had.... First, the court overid the will of the people. But second, is, there were all kinds of threats that if you... that did not pass, then any pastor could be considered doing hate speech if he shared his views that he didn't think homosexuality was the most natural way for relationships. And that would be hate speech. To me, we should have freedom of speech. And you should be able to have freedom of speech to make your position, and I should be able to have freedom of speech to make my position. And can we do this in a civil way?
Here's another gem:
"The issue to me, I'm not opposed to that as much as I'm opposed to redefinition of a 5,000 year definition of marriage. I'm opposed to having a brother and sister being together and calling that marriage. I'm opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that marriage. I'm opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage."
Apparently Warren has no problem spreading misinformation about what marriage equality would do to pastors' freedom of speech. Which is absolutely nothing. Or comparing homosexuality to incest, pedophilia and polygamy. But of course this is the same man who feels atheists shouldn't be president.
This is not a good move for Obama. After running a campaign under a banner of inclusiveness and understanding, choosing Rick Warren comes off as an insult. How can you be a fierce advocate of LGBT rights but also invite a man who sees our sexuality and relationships as second rate? Who spreads lies about legislation that can make our lives easier? Oh well. The honeymoon had to end sometime. I guess it just ended a little earlier for LGBT folks.
Here's some video proof if the quotes don't convince you:
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