Obama inauguration pastor choice: war or peace?
“It is important for America to come together, even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues,” the prez-elect said, defending his choice of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren — a same-sex marriage opponent. Obama said he personally would continue be a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans.
Equality California chief Geoff Kors said the decision amounted to choosing someone who ‘declared war on one minority community’.
Warren’s evangelical ministry is known more for its focus on social issues than many other evangelical pastors seen as strong political conservatives.
He calls his grand plan PEACE: Promote reconciliation, Equip leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, Educate the next generation.
So is it war or peace?
Obama says the expression of diverse views was the spirit of his campaign that he hopes to carry over to his administration, starting on Jan 20 with his inauguration, where others who disagree with Pastor Warren will also speak.
“And that’s how it should be, because that’s what America is about,” Obama told reporters. “That’s part of the magic of this country — that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Chip East (Pastor Rick Warren speaks at Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Sept. 26, 2008)