When President-Elect Obama was getting heat over his relationship with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, he decided that the best thing to do was to formally disassociate himself from Wright.
The controversy began with the revelation of Wright’s statement “God damn America” made during a sermon Wright had preached years earlier. (When I listened to the whole sermon and heard that phrase in its context, I actually thought it was a very powerful statement that highlighted the past and ongoing discrimination against and mistreatment of blacks in America.)
Later, at a press conference in Washington, Wright reiterated two of his controversial views: (1) that the American government might have created AIDS as a way of wiping out minorities, and (2) that Louis Farrakhan, the head of Nation of Islam, was one of the most important voices of the 20th century. He also stated that Obama’s then recent speech in Philadelphia on racial relations was merely political in intention.
Hearing those things, Obama decided to formally severe his relationship with his former pastor.
So, now we have a man, Rick Warren, who has compared gay marriage to incest and pedophilia, compared women who get abortions to Nazis, compared the pro-life movement to Holocaust denial, being asked to invoke the blessing of God on Obama at the upcoming inauguration.
Rick Warren recently gave a 22 minute video address to his congregation about his views and it is worth watching for what it reveals about this man and his beliefs (you can find it at http://www.saddlebackfamily.com/blogs/newsandviews/index.html).
Rachel Maddow, commentator on MSNBC, has a great disection of Warren’s views and his most recent video post to his congregation. I encourage you to watch it below. It’s only 9 minutes long.
It’s time for Obama to sever his connection to Warren and un-invite him to the inauguration.