President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday.
Warren, the prominent evangelical and founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, will deliver the ceremony’s invocation. The minister hosted a presidential forum at his church last summer that challenged both Obama and Arizona Sen. John McCain on a host of faith-related issues. Warren did not endorse either presidential candidate.
His public support for California’s Proposition 8 — the measure that successfully passed and called for outlawing gay marriage in the state — sparked the ire of many gay rights proponents, who seized on a comment in an October newsletter to his congregation: "This is not a political issue — it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about." CNN Political Ticker
Believe me, Obama is just as much of a gay hater and homophobe as Warren. Why do I say that? Because he is a jock. I am a 74 year heterosexual male and all of my life I have listened to jocks use the most vile, degrading and hateful speech when referring to anyone they presume as being gay. Locker room banter is comprised of three topics; the game, women, and hateful homosexual references. Obama’s basketball locker room probably also includes politics, but I have no doubt of the others. Obama’s public persona has been to be politically polite to the LGBT community, after all they also contribute to his campaign, but he hardly has been considered a strong defender of them. I seriously doubt his administration will have a strong record of supporting the rights and liberties of LGBT Americans.
I guess I should be happy that McCain / Palin were not elected. They would probably have chosen Fred Phelps pastor of Westboro Baptist Church and proprietor of the infamous "God Hates Fags" Web site.