Rick Warren…A Tool for Obama – Tilly

Rick Warren has accepted an invitation from Barack Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration on January 20.  Gay-rights groups have criticized Obama for the choice.  They oppose anyone who disagrees with their views to even be allowed to pray at Obama’s inauguration. The outcry by these gay rights groups once again shows how ridiculously unwilling they are to work with anyone who has a different view than they do.  But gay rights groups should not be angry with Obama for inviting Warren to give the prayer.  It is clear where this administration will stand when it comes to gay rights.  Having an anti-gay rights preacher give a small prayer does not change Obama’s positions.

Obama’s invitation is a clear political move to undercut the evangelical support of the Republican Party. Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration only helps Obama and his pro-gay rights policies.  Gay rights groups should be thrilled an anti-gay marriage pastor is so willing to give the opening prayer.  Obama is using Warren.  And this is only the beginning. Throughout the next four years there will be a concentrated effort by Obama to reach evangelicals.  Without the evangelical vote, Republicans cannot win.  They have consistently represented one third of the Republican vote in the past several presidential elections.  When Democrats win, gay rights groups win.  They should not be angry with Obama.  If he is successful, Democrats will win more elections.

If anyone should be angry, it is evangelicals.  They should be criticizing Rick Warren for being so willing to participate.  By doing this, Warren is allowing Obama to use him.  Warren has a massive following and Obama hopes to persuade some of his following to move away from the Republican Party.  Warren must be more aware of what is actually going on.  And other evangelical leaders should be leery in the coming years when Obama invites them to participate in different administration events.  Obama does intend to become more open minded on issues evangelicals find important.  He simply wants to undermine the evangelical base of the Republican Party.

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