Friday, December 19, 2008

Rep. Barney Frank On Rick Warren Giving the Invocation

No extra commentary necessary for Rep. Barney Frank's statement. He clearly understands why Rick Warren shouldn't have been asked to give the invocation at the upcoming inauguration.
"I am very disappointed by President-elect Barack Obama's decision to honor Reverend Rick Warren with a prominent role in his inauguration.

Religious leaders obviously have every right to speak out in opposition to anti-discrimination measures, even in the degrading terms that Rev. Warren has used with regard to same-sex marriage. But that does not confer upon them the right to a place of honor in the inauguration ceremony of a president whose stated commitment to LGBT rights won him the strong support of the great majority of those who support that cause.

"It is irrelevant that Rev. Warren invited Senator Obama to address his congregation, since he extended an equal invitation to Senator McCain. Furthermore, the President-Elect has not simply invited Rev. Warren to give a speech as part of a series in which various views are presented. The selection of a member of the clergy to occupy this uniquely elevated position has always been considered a mark of respect and approval by those who are being inaugurated."


  1. As a straight woman I am extremely offended at the invitation of Rick Warren to speak at the inauguration. I was looking forward to going and taking part int he historic moment, but having to listen to such a hateful person pontificate to the huddled masses will be too much for me to stand. I will stay home and maybe watch it on TV and change the channel when Warren speaks. This is a painful thing that Obama has done -- just ground it in our faces that he does not care about 10-20 percent of the population and people who worked so hard to get him elected. The fact that Obama seems oblivious or just plain uninterested in knowing the pain he's caused makes this truly a Bush League move.

  2. Having grown up in Boston being represented by Barney Frank the Fire-Breathing Liberal, it's remarkable to see him evolve into the even more effective and powerful Barney Frank the Elder Statesman.