Frederick Clarkson rightly dubs it "rancid baloney" when people claim that Rick Warren of Saddleback Church is a moderate. Clarkson notes that:
Rick Warren has not (sic) inherent right to speak at the inaugural and Obama and his team are under no inherent obligation to pick him, or to have anyone do an invocation at all.
Honoring Warren with his prominent position at the inaugural goes to the substance of Obama and other [Democrats' involvement] with the man and with his international empire. Its the prominent tip of an important iceberg. This has been a matter of some considerable political debate over the past few years, and may very well have a lot to do with policy in the near future.
I believe that Obama et al are making a serious error in their alliance with Rick Warren. The justifications given do not hold water.... [F]or years [Obama has] been cultivating this powerful, Austrian school-informed builder of an international religious empire; who has big sway with governments in Africa and Asia. Some of those same governements are into the brutal represssion and perseuction of gay people. What kind of programs do you suppose Rick Warren, who some people say is "great" on combatting HIV/AIDS, can help develop when he is all about driving gay people underground in Africa? Economics? Health care? Civil Rights?
On January 20, turn your back on Rick Warren's extremism. And tell the President-elect that such extremism is not "change we can believe in;" it is instead, unfortunately, less like change and more like what we've had for the last eight years.