Is he serious? Rick “politicians have to believe in God” Warren? Rick “cone of silence” Warren? Rick “Prop 8 is great” Warren? Rick “take out the evildoers” Warren? Rick “Dobson-lite” Warren? That’s the kinder, gentler hatemonger who the President-elect The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (see update below edit: and second update) has selected to give the Inaugural Invocation?
I’m with Libby Spencer:
If there was ever a time to reach out to the side of the fence that didn’t oppose him tooth and nail all the way to the White House, this is it. I would suggest people might want to leave a suggestion at change.gov and ask him to rethink this choice. Frankly, I don’t know who to suggest as an alternative, but there has to be someone more neutral than Warren.
Thunderbird is go, kiddies — remember, keep it civil (edit: and make sure to read the update below before crafting a response).
Update: Mike Madden at The War Room reports that Obama wasn’t [edit: solely–see Update 2] responsible for Warren’s selection:
[T]he decision to get involved with Saddleback was actually not Obama’s. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, run by the House and Senate, put together the program for the swearing-in ceremony. Congress, not Obama, invited Warren… .
Still, I’m sure the Committee could be convinced to reconsider their decision, were Obama to sic Rahmbo on them. So keep those suggestions coming.
The program participants were invited by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and chosen by the Chairman, the Presidential-elect and the Vice President-elect.
So whether or not Warren was directly selected by Obama, the President-elect obviously had a big say regarding Warren’s inclusion in the program. Wonderful. BarbinMD is exactly right:
What a spit in the eye to the GBLT community in particular, and to anyone who supports equality, dignity and justice under the law.
Todd Beeton @ MyDD has more info on who else to contact regarding the decision to include Warren in the inauguration ceremony:
If you’d like to register your displeasure with the pick, calling Dianne Feinstein’s office might be a good place to start. As the Chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Feinstein announced the line-up — including Warren — today, calling it “superb.”
LA: (310) 914-7300
SF: (415) 393-0707
DC: (202) 224-3841
Click here to contact Feinstein via email. Again, keep it civil. Rather difficult, I realize, when one sees the following brand of shiny happy hatred being rewarded by a nominal ally:
(h/t Todd for the Warren Prop 8 vid, by way of Teddy Partridge)