I understand the idea behind keeping your friends close and your enemies closer, but I'm still stunned that the president-elect has invited Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. How the hell did my man Barack, who has been pretty much pitch-perfect on every single slightly sensitive or semi-controversial issue to land in his lap over the last two years, get this one so badly wrong?
A lot of other people have weighed in on this matter far more eloquently than I ever could, but the most succinct remarks came from Bishop V. Gene Robinson.
“I’m all for Rick Warren being at the table,” Bishop Robinson said, “but we’re not talking about a discussion, we’re talking about putting someone up front and center at what will be the most watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.”
Here's some particularly relevant debate on CNN:
Finally, the Statement of Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director, Family Equality Council:
"Election Night was incredibly difficult for the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans who voted for President-elect Obama. On the one hand we celebrated the first black president and the most pro-equality president we've ever seen. At the same time we watched Arkansas, Arizona, California and Florida buck the trend of expanding equality for Americans by passing anti-LGBT propositions on marriage and foster care and adoption.
President-elect Obama ran on a promise of unity and change. Inviting a person who has likened same-sex relationships to incest in an effort to strip away rights from LGBT people does nothing for unity or change. It has been hard enough for LGBT parents to explain to their children why people work day-in and day-out to hurt their families. Now we have to explain to them that the President we've celebrated understands so little about our community that he expects us to accept 'unity' as a justification for recognizing a person who has degraded our families in this way?
On Inauguration Day, the millions of LGBT parents, children and family members in this country want to welcome our new President with open arms. Silence on this issue is not an option; the dignity of our families is at stake. We fully expect the President-elect to recognize his error and send the message that all are truly equal under an Obama administration. Replace Rick Warren today."