Let the record now reflect that Barack Obama has angered the liberals before the conservatives. Because he picked pro-life conservative Mega Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, the liberals are reaching for their heart medication and the Peto-Bismol.
They can't handle it. It's driving them crazy.
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Wait until you get a load of this letter below sent from The Human Rights Campaign to the President-Elect.
The Brody File is showing it to you in its entireity:
Dear President-elect Obama,
Let me get right to the point. Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans. Our loss in California over the passage of Proposition 8 which stripped loving, committed same-sex couples of their given legal right to marry is the greatest loss our community has faced in 40 years. And by inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table.
Rick Warren has not sat on the sidelines in the fight for basic equality and fairness. In fact, Rev. Warren spoke out vocally in support of Prop 8 in California saying, "there is no need to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2 percent of our population ... This is not a political issue -- it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about." Furthermore, he continues to misrepresent marriage equality as silencing his religious views. This was a lie during the battle over Proposition 8, and it's a lie today.
Rev. Warren cannot name a single theological issue that he and vehemently, anti-gay theologian James Dobson disagree on. Rev. Warren is not a moderate pastor who is trying to bring all sides together. Instead, Rev. Warren has often played the role of general in the cultural war waged against LGBT Americans, many of whom also share a strong tradition of religion and faith.
We have been moved by your calls to religious leaders to own up to the homophobia and racism that has stood in the way of combating HIV and AIDS in this country. And that you have publicly called on religious leaders to open their hearts to their LGBT family members, neighbors and friends.
But in this case, we feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination. Only when Rev. Warren and others support basic legislative protections for LGBT Americans can we believe their claim that they are not four-square against our rights and dignity. In that light, we urge you to reconsider this announcement.
Human Rights Campaign
I can understand why the liberals are not happy. Can you imagine President Bush going with a prominent pro-choice pastor for his inauguration? Umm, no. And, I also understand that to put Warren in such a prominent role feels very much like a slap in the face.
But look, Obama has preached (no pun intended) all along that he wants to reach across ideological lines. He said he was tired of the same old "us vs. them" mentality in DC and beyond. Well, picking Warren does the trick. I think the pick says alot about Obama and how he's trying to make good on his promise to not be the same old type of politician.
Look at it this way liberals. It could have been worse for you. He could have picked James Dobson to deliver the invocation and Alan Keyes for the benediction. Well, maybe not.