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Gay rights advocates are criticizing President-elect Barack Obama's choice of a popular evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, saying it shows disrespect for a constituency that strongly supported his campaign.

Pastor Rick Warren, a best-selling author and leader of a Southern California megachurch, is one of a new breed of evangelicals who stress the need for action on social issues such as reducing poverty and protecting the environment, alongside traditional theological themes. But the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights organization, said Warren's opposition to gay marriage is a sign of intolerance.

"We feel a deep level of disrespect when one of the architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination," the group said in a letter to Obama, asking him to reconsider.

Obama's selection of Warren is seen as a signal to religious conservatives that the president-elect will listen to their views. During the campaign, Warren interviewed Obama and Republican John McCain in a widely watched television program that focused on religious concerns.

Gay rights advocates say they are troubled by Warren's support for a California ballot initiative banning gay marriage, approved by voters last month. "By inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table," the letter said.
 

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What happened to the Rev Wright ..? What a slap in the face that would be to the American public who voted for the Kenyan ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
 

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Surprise, surprise! Imagine, a campaign promise or behavior that changes when the election is over. I did not vote for Obama and don't have strong feelings about gay rights, but this is a good example of the hypocritical behavior of our politicians. Some fun, eh?
 

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Chicago politics is a good training ground for a backstabber.

Can't wait till the homies realize thy were bamboozled.

HM
 

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And maybe others:

""Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) is on its way to being classified a PCS post. What that means is that you will no longer "deployed" to Iraq, you will be stationed there, just like Germany or Italy or Korea.

They wouldn't go to the effort of doing that if there were any doubts that we would be leaving precipitously. Barry ain't changing dick."

The site from which the comment came: http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2008/12/the-christmas-g.htm"
 

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Hey WPT, Be careful what you wish for Bill!! LOL Shoot well and often while we can. Bob YAC from Mesa. Have a very Merry Christmas.
 

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This may endear them to him again,,,,SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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