President-elect Barack Obama has made his choice for who will give the invocation on Inaugural Day. This has sparked a fire in the gay/lesbian community. See photos, a video, and a biography of Rich Warren below.

Sticking to his theme of inclusion, Obama wants people with a variety of views all around him, including inaugural day. You have to hand it to him for sticking to his words. He has said, “We have to disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold common as Americans.�?

Pastor Warren’s support for Proposition 8, banning gay marriage in California, has caused gays and lesbians to be infuriated. Now, they are appalled that Obama would choose such a fellow. It has become clear that the gay/lesbian activists (perhaps not the community itself) are anti-inclusion. They want any conversation about their rights thrown out the window. It is mind boggling, because if they want their rights upheld, we need to be having a conversation about it.

Rick Warren Biography

Rick Warren was born on January 28, 1954 in San Jose, California, so his age is 54. His father, Jimmy, was a Baptist Minister. His mother, Dot, was a librarian. He graduated from Ukiah High School in 1972.

Warren attended the California Baptist University in Riverside, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. Then he received his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1979) in Fort Worth, Texas. Finally, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

In 1980, he founded the Saddleback Church, which has grown to be the 4th largest church in the United States. He has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s top 25 leaders. He holds socially conservative, and economically liberal views.

More photos and a video of Rick Warren are below.

Rick Warren Video

Go here to see more about Saddleback and Rick Warren.

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