December 18th, 2008
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  1. Daisy, Houston

    I say invite the Rick Warrens of the world to leave the comfort of their sanctuaries and be amongst the rest of society they seem to shun. If they don't get out of their stifling environments, how else can they change?

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Rhonda Shouse

    If there are Democratic interest groups that just wanted a "yes" man in the office of President, then did they really want something different than President Bush? It doesn't seem so...they just wanted a "yes" man for their beliefs...not a President to unite the nation after 8 years of division.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Jessica

    Why is it that the 'tolerance' desired by homosexuals/liberals doesn't extend the other way? In true open-mindedness, we all have the right to believe what we believe, hence the term...'free country'. Simply believing that marriage should be between a man and a woman does not imply hatred/intolerance towards gays/lesbians.

    Let the minister pray for Obama as the President of the United States of America, a world superpower in these dangerous times...he's going to need it!

    Carry your open-mindedness to a higher level of intellect which would at the least allow a simple prayer to proceed peacefully...after all, it is a Christian nation, or at least was when it started...look on your coins ...:)

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Jessica E.

    As a lesbian, I can understand the arguments and "outrage" at this choice, but honestly feel it's in the wrong context. The pastor is giving a five minute invocation, not becoming part of Obama's policy team. Chill out, people.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Dan-Massachusetts

    As, an openly married gay man from MA. I am outrage that their is no change. It is the same old politics that has been preached. What ever happened to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. Oh, that was only for straight America!

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Debbie, Appleton Maine

    Whoa, wait a minute. Rick Warren lives an extremely moderate lifestyle. He lives in a ranch house and gives most of his money away. He walks the talk. Maybe you should do your homework before you shoot someone down.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Jennifer

    Anderson...it is really simple...Barack could have had it both ways by chosing Jim Wallis of Sojourner's...he is an evangelical with a large following and further...he is ALL about social justice, inclusion, caring about poverty and disenfranchisement...he could have had a preacher who cared about all of the things that he does...he sold us in the GLBT community out...I am glad that my support of Hillary never waivered, because I feared that he was full of empty promises...

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  8. AlanB

    I hope Warren is getting a good look at the damage his opinions and doctines do, most harmrfully to gay youth and gay families.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Fay - CA

    While I do think Caroline Kennedy has some fine qualities, her situation is no different than Palin's – it's important that she makes her opinions clear and that she gives reporters as much access to her as possible.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Vernon Jones

    I'm gay, I supported Obama - and I don't support same-sex marriage. But I believe that selecting Warren was a dumb thing to do. Anything who believes they can reason with religious zealots (of ANY religion) just doesn't get it! There is no way I can support Obama any longer - either financially or otherwise.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Shealyn Richardson

    I think there is far more bigger things to worry about it is not all about gay rights.People are loosing their jobs homes and their life savings so what he is just giving a prayer if you don't like it then don't go this is not the time to be fighting each other over such a stupid issue.Obama is all for gay rights the man has a mind of his own he does not have the same views as Pastor Warren get over it and stop thinking that everything is about you

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Laurie

    Hopefully, the gentleman that was just speaking about Caroline Kennedy will learn that her name is not Carolyn and will pronounce it properly the next time he refers to her.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Ed

    I am in a 20 year loving same sex relationship. We are kind are a kind and generous couple. Warren has stated that relationships like mine are similiar to incest and pedophilia. Do you know how hurtful that is? Why are gay and lesbians the only minority group which is still permissible to bash?

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Dennis St. John

    Rick Warren offends me as a Christian, for far too many reasons to list here. Suffice it to say, he is a fraud. The bigger question is, why do we even have a religious invocation at the inauguration? What happened to separation of church and state?

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Yvonne in Georgia

    Caroline Kennedy is a lawyer. Isn't that the only qualification to be a Senator, a Washington law maker? She's more than qualified.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    All my respect for Coroline Kennedy.She survive so much tragedey,but i am not sure she is able to do this job,i did not heared about her more as she is the daughter of President JFK,she did not have one political new idear,

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Lance Ferris, LCSW

    Mr. Obama's choice of Rick Warren is revoltingly humiliating and dehumanizing; it clearly sets the president elects tone for "Hope" & "Change". The question I am left wondering now is - for whom is the promise for?

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Rick Rogers

    Obama is right. Including mainline Christians in his administration and innauguration is exactly what he stands for: inclusivity. Or does that only apply to those of secular, liberal persuasions–meaning everyone but those with sincere Christian beliefs??

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Web

    I am a heterosexual moderate Democrat and I was shocked to hear about Rick Warren. David, one of my favorite commentators, misses the point. The "reaching our" strategy, including evangelicals, is a great thing. There are many ways to do that, but an inauguration is not one of them; it is a celebration of the election of new President and his focus should be on the moral high ground and where he wants to lead us and why? "Reaching out" is important in governance. Choice of invocation speaker is an important symbol that should be based on much more than that.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Great point Anderson. Caroline Kennedy is a big question mark. Most are thinking she will be a political clone of her father, but who really knows. She has yet to express views on any subject, other than to say she's written a few books.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Johnathan, NYC

    RE: Rick Warren

    So much for tolerance and inclusion. I guess that only pertains to those who share your own views? Gays and Lesbians are only hurting themselves by pushing this ludicrous issue.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Loretta Johnson

    Mr. President Elect,

    I have great respect for your decision about Pastor Rick Warren.

    Already you are being berated...Boy does a President have to have a very thick skin.

    Quite frankly I am getting bored with the comments from a small minority of the country who seem to think it can only be THEIR way ALL the time.

    You just can not win...even if it had been a Gay African-American clergyperson you asked.


    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Rev. Pam Hoffman

    The leftist outrage over the invitation to Rick Warren is only indicative of the fact that the Left is as bigoted as it claims the Right to be. In fact, the Left seems to view the president elect as their president alone. Rick Warren's views on homosexuality reflect the views of millions of biblical Christians who believe it to be an immoral lifestyle and who draw their authority for that view from the Bible. On what does the pro-gay movement base it's views? Nothing but the sand of subjective opinion.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Will Powers

    Is it still a slow news day? The Caroline Kennedy story is local news, not really interesting to people in Colorado where we will have a vacant Senate seat, too. Or New Mexico and AZ where Govs are going to be replaced. It is a local story. Just because CNN moved to NY don't take on the attitude that rest of the country cares about NY politics. We don't, any more than New Yorkers care about anything that happens west of the Hudson River.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  25. maggie g

    I have family members and friends who are gay/lesbians and support their views yet I do not disagree with President -Elect Obama plans for the inauguration. I feel that David expressed by views as to why his choice should be acceptable to the people regardless of their sexual preference and views.

    Hillary is usually more open minded to situations and I am surprise at her response.
    I dont anticipate that Rick Warren will be using this opportunity to try to convert anyone or change any persons minds. He is just participating in the program.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Eric Pierre

    Let's agree that people are born gay... what would happen to children adopted by gay couples??? What if they were not born gay??? THe psychological effect. Is anyone talking about that? Hilary do you have something to say?
    Eric Pierre from Chicago.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Emma

    Come on! The far left is just as radical as the far right! Neither of them can have everything they want. Give Obama a chane to try to and reach out to all people.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Marie

    Ditto about the graphics..they are very distracting, take up way too much space and... there is no flow. They look out of place on the screen...

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Helen Vining

    I appreciate a spirit of tolerance and inclusiveness from President elect Obama, but I have a hard time seeing Rick warren as a symbol for that. I however, respect that maybe one day, this choice may make some difference in the way government can become inclusive and not so political.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, WA)

    WoW!!! I am surprised Al Franken won by 89 vote!!! Excellent!!! Congrats to Al Franken…..

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Brent Batiste

    This "outrage" is really so sad to me. Those who are having a hard time with Obama's decision for Warren to lead an invocation need to reflect a little more on their own cry for tolerance. They seem so tolerant on so much, until they are faced with someone or something they disagree with.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Andrew-Austin, Texas

    The decision to have Rick Warren lead the invocation prayer is a major blow to the LGBT constituency. It seems yet again that Gay rights will be tabled in this election.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Barbara Hanson

    As a fifth generation native New Yorker, I would most definitely prefer a New Yorker to replace Ms. Clinton. I think Andrew Cuomo is the way to go.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Deb, Maryland

    This discussion about Rick Warren is a perfect illustration of why someone like me, who opposes abortion and would prefer the phrase "civil union" to "marriage" for gay couples, still voted for Barack Obama. I don't have to agree with someone on everything to respect his ability to lead (or grant his right to pray in public.)

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Michael R

    Barack Obama made the right choice by choosing Rick Warren. He's not perfect but he's a good man. There is a lot more going on in the world than this single issue. It's not that this issue is not important but why is it more important than his work on AIDS or his fight against poverty? Injustice is injustice – deal with it and move on!

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I oppose Warren's preachings and his views, but I do believe if he wants to offer a prayer to someone, like millions of other people do for others, then he should be able to.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Katie Brenneman

    I find it rather harsh to pick on President Elect Obama for his choice to incorporate someone that has different views in his inauguration ceremony. This nation was created by people who has different opinions. The criticism strikes me as being along the lines of criticizing a child because the are friends with someone who doesn't like the same musical groups when we should simply celebrate the fact that they can get along with different kinds of people. Extreme example yes, but why must we blow this so out of proportion?

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  38. mykell

    you dont have to agree wit "Warren", frankly i dont like his style of preaching, but he is entitled to his beliefs, and a great deal of americans share those beleifs... Hillary Rossen makes it sound like he's a killer...

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Aaron

    Rick Warren did not offer the protesters at Saddleback water and donuts... I was there. Big lie, not surprising from this man who spews nothing but lies about Gays and Lesbians.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  40. Debbie, Appleton Maine

    Rick Warren loves gays, he just doesn't think people of the same sex should be allowed to legally marry. Have some respect for someone with convictions.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Ty

    It is really strange though that democrats absolutely despise using the word "God" or "Religion," yet it's ok to have it during an innauguration.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  42. bob berlon

    If we're going to get upset over an insignificant choice (not every utterance of Obama need be earth-shattering), how in good conscience will we come together to resolve the real issues?

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Ken in NC

    David is right about Caroline Kennedy. The Congress does need to have it's confidence rebuilt and I think she and others can do it

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  44. Ryan Guptill

    Good evening Anderson,
    I think that Lesbian and Gay issues are seperate then racial issues. To lump all minorities together is unfair to minorities. Rick Warren is an upstanding citzen that excersises he right of freedom speech. While he may be controversial figure in sanfransisco california, well so is Bill Clinton in Salt lake City Utah!

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  45. joseph mcmahon

    as an older gay man, i believe that president-elect obama has made a very sad choice for the deliverer of the inaugural prayer, especially knowing how ron warren has characterized same gender marriages as on par with incest and knowing how hard so many younger lgbt folks worked for and put their hope in him..........

    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Kristen-University Park, PA

    I'm not in NY but I really don't know what Caroline Kennedy would bring as a Senator besides her name.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  47. Paul OConnor

    When is the right day to come together?
    It will always be the "wrong day", the wrong time to reach out.

    In the past the right day to reach out just never came.
    The night he was elected was "the time to party".
    The inauguration day is the day he starts to govern and lead America.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Sabrina - Everett, WA

    I am very pleased with Pres. Elect Obama’s choice of Rick Warren for the Invocation. The Pres. Elect is a Christian. And while it is his desire for equality for all people his core belief should not be kicked to the curb or dismissed because someone else has no desire to follow his Christian core belief. President Obama will serve “we the people” very well. Let us serve him by allowing this gracious exercise of his faith.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Sheila

    I am still trying to figure out why people speak of gays and lesbians as if they were a race of people. They were just compared to African-Americans, Hispanics, ect. I don't understand....

    December 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  50. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I'm not sure that there will ever be a complete separation of church and state. Because when it all comes down to it America was founded on religious principles and people came here to escape religious persecution and with that at our core I don't think that we will ever see a complete separation of church and state.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
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