The choice of Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in California to deliver the invocation at the Obama Inaugural has become a mildly controversial step. Many gay men and lesbians consider it a slap in the face that Obama would choose a pastor who was a leader in the defeat of Proposition 8 in California, the propostion that made gay marriage illegal there.
What should be more disturbing to us and to every American is that Obama has chosen a pastor whose church discriminates against gays and lesbians in not allowing them as members of his church. From the church website (the typo is theirs):
“Because membership in a church is an outgrowth of accepting the Lordship and leadership of Jesus in one’s life, someone unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted at a member at Saddleback Church. That does not mean they cannot attend church – we hope they do! God’s Word has the power to change our lives.”
When we express our skepticism about change when considering Obama’s cabinet choices or about his support of the death penalty or about his opposition to gay marriage we’re told by less skeptical friends and pundits not to allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. There is nothing good about allowing someone who discriminates against any group to participate in the inauguration of any president particularly one who was elected on a platform of “change”.