For those of you who follow such things, you know that evangelical pastor Rick Warren was asked by the Obama-folks to give the invocation at the president-elect's inauguration next month.
All hell's breaking lose, or so it seems.
For example, the Huffington Post is doing it's usual huffing and puffing. Calling the pastor "a rabid homophobe," the — uh — writer starts out by declaring his "utter euphoria" at Obama's election. That said, he stamps his literary feet, writing, for example:
My take on this is that President-elect Obama and his staff are being incredibly disrespectful to Progressives who were a major part of getting the Obama-Biden ticket elected and having Warren anywhere near the festivities on January 20th is just flat-out stupid politically.
Other pro-gay "marriage" groups and individuals are equally in a snit, evidentally. One has to wonder if these folks realize that their idol (with temporary, at least, feet of clay) has never endorsed homosexual "marriage" and in fact has come out against it...but then why let the facts get in the way.
On the other hand, many pro-life pro-marriage folks...
...are equally appalled at Warren's place in the inauguration of arguably the most rabid pro-abortion president in U.S. history. For example, Human Life International president Reverend Thomas J. Euteneuer has called for Pastor Warren to "reconsider" giving the invocation.
“We applaud Pastor Warren’s support of pro-life causes as well as his defense of traditional marriage,” said Father Euteneuer. “This is why we are concerned that his high-profile and explicitly Christian prayerful invocation at President-elect Obama’s inauguration may be perceived as an endorsement, even a blessing, of what will likely be the most anti-life administration in the history of this country.”
Here's what I think (and yes, I realize I'm your basic nobody but it is my blog after all):
I think—actually, I know because I looked the word up in the dictionary—that the invocation is a prayer. Duh.
And, as a pro-life, pro-family Roman Catholic lady, I find nothing at all wrong with a pro-life, pro-family pastor praying at the inauguration of, whether you like it or not, our next president, God willing.
Go for it, Pastor Warren! Now more than ever, this country needs prayer. And that includes president-elect Obama...and me and you, too.
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