Thursday, December 18, 2008

Obama chooses Rick Warren to lead inaugural invocation

That would be Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church, backer of California's Propostion 8 and comparer of committed, adult same-sex relationships to child abuse.

"Can you imagine if [Obama] had a man of God* doing the invocation who had deliberately said that Jews are not going to be saved and therefore should be excluded from what’s going on in America? People would be up in arms." -- Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign

Just to be clear, I defend Warren's right to believe that Jews, queers, Muslims and various sorts of Christians are not going to be saved. What I object to is the conclusion that any of these individuals should be denied the right to legal protections that are permitted to "saved" American citizens. And I believe that anyone who promotes the use of religion-based litmus tests in determining the civil rights of individuals should not be invited to the government pulpit nee lectern.

(Whether religious invocations are appropriate at state ceremonies is a question for another day, but you can probably guess my answer.)

*I was tempted to insert a [sic] after "man of God," but refrained.

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