Rick Warren to give inaugural invocation
>(CNN) — 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.Supposedly, Rick Warren's church has programs that do help poor people. However, when you flip that coin, I'm sure the preacher wouldn't mind if Intelligent Design was taught in schools either, and please don't get started on his anti-gay bigotry or his ass-backwards position on AIDS (Abstinence Good, Condoms Bad). I hate altruism that comes with strings attached. Obviously, President Obama's invitation to Warren is a shameless concession to the right wing religious crowd, and it disgusts me.
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."
But Warren has long sought to broaden the focus of the evangelical agenda to include issues like the reduction of global poverty, human rights abuses, and the AIDS epidemic.
Honestly, I don't understand why a politician's religion matters to so many people.
After all, besides being ridiculously irrelevant, it's a simplistic and unreliable barometer of judging a person's character. As Mark Twain said, "Faith is when you believe in something that you know ain't so". Facts are trustworthy constructs to build a philosophy upon. Faith is a soap bubble that bursts when you ask it a question.
I've met more than one bible-quoting hypocrite in my time, and I think it's foolish to take anyone at face value, especially if they're asking you for money. Lies blessed with holy water doesn't make it true. It's worse when fundamentalist nutjobs use religious dogma as blunt instruments to hurt people with. Proposition 8 is a cruel example of how meaningless the "Love Thy Neighbor" bromide is when, in God's eyes, some neighbors are more equal than others. What's love got to do with it?
My faith is my business, and I don't shove it down anyone's throat. All I ask is that people of faith show me the same courtesy because I'm tired of the false prophets who knock loudly on my door and never go away.
Why can't they stay in church where they belong?