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Wrapping Up the Prayer…

Rick Warren, leading nearly two million people for the prayer prior to President Elect Barack Obama’s inaguration,  just uttered a very controversial word…”Amen.”

Warren, ‘Orange County mega-pastor and bestselling author’, (as described by The LA Times), was an interesting choice for this job.  Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage, was strongly supported by Warren, having compared “same-sex nuptials to approving polygamy and pedophilia.”

Democratic political consultant Chad Griffin, (the Person of the Year for ‘Advocate’, America’s leading gay publication) thinks that Obama’s choice of Warren to lead the prayer was possibly a statement about his feelings toward the gay and lesbian community, saying “it’s up to Warren to let Obama off the hook and withdraw.”

“Rick Warren needs to realize that he is further dividing us at a time when the country needs to come together,” Griffin said. “I think he needs to gracefully step aside.” 

What did you think as Rick Warren completed his prayer? Do you find it ironic that we had an open prayer at the President’s inaguration, yet couldn’t have a Christmas tree in the Capital Building?

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