Gay civil rights advocates and liberal activists were in an uproar today over news that evangelical pastor Rick Warren is to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration next month.Which has got a few of the dedicated followers of the Obama Cult in a tizz:
Warren, the author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, was an outspoken proponent of a ballot measure to rescind the right of California same-sex couples to wed, and has compared homosexuality to incest and paedophilia.
John Aravosis, the editor of AmericaBlog, a liberal website, wondered why Obama chose Warren out of all the preachers in the country.Well, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was out, for obvious reasons…
"When a Democrat wins the presidency, I would think we could find at least one preacher who isn't a raving homophobe to give the invocation," Aravosis said. "The Obama people know the loss on that prop 8 was a huge issue for the gay community. It is an incredibly raw issue, and then you go and pick one of the top guys behind it?"Ever been had, Johnnie boy….?
Besides, ‘raving homophobe’ isn’t exactly the right description anyway, as Warren isn’t objecting to civil unions, but to the attempt to highjack the language to force through ‘acceptibility’:
In an interview on Beliefnet.com after the election, Warren said he is opposed not to same-sex civil unions, but to "the redefinition of a 5,000-year definition of marriage".He’s got a point. It isn't marriage, and insisting on calling it marriage is, I suspect, more about sticking two fingers up to the 'straights' than anything else...
"I'm opposed to having a brother and sister be together and call that marriage," he continued. "I'm opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that a marriage. I'm opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage."
Asked by the interviewer if those are "equivalent to having gays getting married", Warren responded: "I do."