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. Warren, the prominent evangelical and founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, will deliver the ceremony's invocation.
Right Wing Watch outlines many of the reasons why he should not have been asked to perform this function. I guess Obama doesn't mind that Warren sandbagged him at the Saddleback Forum, (cone of silence) and Warren still gets the nod. PFAW have issued a statement.
We've covered many of Warren's sins (Rick Warren is the new Jerry Falwell: 'The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers.') so why did Obama bring him on for this?
I've been very supportive of Obama so far, but I have to say that Obama's decision on this one is highly insulting.