Rick Warren Saddling-Up to Pray at Inaugural

by Ryan on December 18, 2008

in Culture,Election 2008,Politics

From time to time Obama will try to mess with the political scene to grow his base.  He knows that part of this will entail treading on conservative grounds once in a while — remember that The One is going to probably ask for some crazy “executive powers” in order to meet the “economic crisis” so it’s good for him to smooth over some of the plebs now and again. 

So, I think Obama is acting politically wise in his selection of the Saddleback Church’s Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama’s Inauguration.  Remember this gem from the campaign:

Still above your pay-grade, Barry? Just checking.

Yet, this casting call doesn’t sit well with the gay community — Rick Warren deeply supported California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California (until the courts impose their dictates any time now).  Warren is all about traditional marriage.  So is America, by the way — the people have yet to vote directly in favor of gay marriage in any state. 

So, by picking Warren for the invocation, Obama assuages the ire of some social conservatives while only having to alienate one group stuck voting for Democrats no matter what the Dems do to them legally or (in this case) symbolically.

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Chris December 19, 2008 at 12:38 pm

THis is the only time during an Obama Administration we will see or hear from Rick Warren. It’s pure window-dressing and I’m pretty darn sure that Obama won’t take his calls once he’s president.


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