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Megachurch pastor Rick Warren will deliver inaugural invocation
CentreDaily.com ^ | 12/17/08 | Alejandra Molina

Posted on 12/17/2008 3:04:56 PM PST by Callahan

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Pastor Rick Warren is set to deliver the invocation for President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, Saddleback Church officials confirmed Wednesday.

Kristin Cole, a spokeswoman for Warren, said church officials were waiting on Obama's team to make the announcement.

Just this past August, Obama and John McCain were guests at the two-hour Saddleback Church Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion where Warren questioned them about issues that ranged from abortion and same-sex marriage to the nature of good and evil.

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TOPICS: Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: bho2008; bhoinauguration; inauguration; obama; plasticchristianity; prop8; rickwarren; saddleback; warren
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There is already one version of this story posted on FR and most Freepers are trashing Warren for agreeing to appear with pro-abort Obama. Meanwhile the DUers are absolutely flipping out over this, mostly due to Warren's prominence in the Prop 8 fight -- some of the harshest Obama criticism I've seen in the moonbat swamp the gay/atheist contingent. Ol' Barry is playing it down the middle to start, or at least attempting to give that appearance.
1 posted on 12/17/2008 3:04:56 PM PST by Callahan
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To: Callahan

Rick Warren is all about Rick Warren


2 posted on 12/17/2008 3:06:43 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Mr. Obama, are you aware that Sarah Palin took on her own party’s establishment in Alaska a)
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To: Callahan

I like Rick Warren, but there’s no way I would watch that evil bastard get inaugurated. He will NEVER be my president.


3 posted on 12/17/2008 3:07:14 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: Callahan
Warren is one of a group of prominent ministers who were praying for both candidates up until the election and have continued a prayer chain for Obama since the election.

I'd rather have people praying for Obama than complaining about him.

4 posted on 12/17/2008 3:07:49 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Everything Obama does is "appropriate", therefore, nothing he does is "inappropriate".)
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To: Callahan

Good political move for Obama to placate conservatives, but just shows you what and idiot Rick Warren is. He is there to provide cover for this rot.


5 posted on 12/17/2008 3:07:57 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Really! It's time; NOW)
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To: DLfromthedesert

Now we know how the DUers felt for the last eight years. LOL


6 posted on 12/17/2008 3:13:54 PM PST by nobama08
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To: Callahan

YES, Billy Graham and Warren brands are majority liberal. NO surprise here.


7 posted on 12/17/2008 3:15:42 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: dirtymac

I don’t know much about Rick Warren but I know Billy Graham counseled Clinton. How did you feel about that? At least Nobama didn’t ask Wright (I refuse to call him Rev.).


8 posted on 12/17/2008 3:16:15 PM PST by nobama08
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To: Callahan

Does Warren really believe that Obama has a mandate from God ????


9 posted on 12/17/2008 3:19:41 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Callahan

So, what?

Rick Warren will be at Obama’s inauguration along with Chief Justice Roberts, President Bush and Dick Cheney.

No Big Deal.


10 posted on 12/17/2008 3:20:11 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: al baby

completely correct


11 posted on 12/17/2008 3:27:13 PM PST by ldish (God save the USA)
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To: Callahan

A new picture in the encyclopedia under the entry for “useful idiot”.


12 posted on 12/17/2008 3:27:57 PM PST by AJFavish (www.allanfavish.com)
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To: dirtymac
Good political move for Obama to placate conservatives, but just shows you what and idiot Rick Warren is. He is there to provide cover for this rot.

We all understand. It's this fool that doesn't get it.

13 posted on 12/17/2008 3:30:51 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: Digger

Of course Warren gets it. It’s all about $$$$$.


14 posted on 12/17/2008 3:31:41 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: trumandogz
at Obama’s inauguration along with Chief Justice Roberts, President Bush and Dick Cheney.

Um...those three kind of have to be there.

15 posted on 12/17/2008 3:43:03 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81

Nope, none of the people I listed have to be there, it is just customary.


16 posted on 12/17/2008 3:44:44 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz
Nope, none of the people I listed have to be there, it is just customary.

You're right. But man, it would look pretty bad if they weren't.

17 posted on 12/17/2008 3:46:19 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: trumandogz

The Chief Justice, President, and Vice President are government officials. Warren is a preacher. There is a huge difference. Obama supports infanticide. A man of God can meet with such a fellow, but in no way should he help out the man politically, and that’s exactly what he’s doing by accepting Obama’s invitation. Warren is too smart to not know the political reasons that Obama selected him, so I see nothing wrong with saying that this was a bad moral decision on Warren’s part.


18 posted on 12/17/2008 3:46:52 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: buccaneer81

I would not put it past Cheney to not show-up.


19 posted on 12/17/2008 3:49:02 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: buccaneer81

Men of the State and men who claim to be preaching the Word shoudl have different standards. There is no reason that Warren has to be THE one to speak. There are plenty of leftist idiots who call themselves religious who would be willing to give the invocation.


20 posted on 12/17/2008 3:49:35 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: Tennessee Nana
Where did you see that Warren believes that Obama has a mandate from God?
21 posted on 12/17/2008 3:56:34 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: NinoFan

One could take the long term view. If Obama speaks only with clergy who support his positions, how will he ever hear the other side? If Warren and other pro-life clergy refuse to speak to him because of his views, how do they have any hope of persuading him to see the issue from another perspective?

As I recall, it was a minister who regularly picketed at an abortion clinic who befriended and eventually converted Norma McCorvey (the original Roe) to a pro-life position. Had he refused to speak with her because of her historical role, she might still be a lost soul on the issue of life.

It is the mission of the men of God, the men of Christ, to preach to all God’s children, not just those who agree with them.


22 posted on 12/17/2008 3:59:53 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Speaking WITH is one thing. Giving an invocation where the entire reason you were selected was the “evil” man’s political benefit is another.


23 posted on 12/17/2008 4:04:29 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: Callahan

Awwww shucks, no Rev. Jeremiah Wright?


24 posted on 12/17/2008 4:05:41 PM PST by tpanther (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing---Edmund Burke)
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To: trumandogz

I’m actually picturing Cheney having a laugh poking at Biden and watching him steam.


25 posted on 12/17/2008 4:08:32 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: trumandogz

Will Obama swear in on the Bible or on the Quran?


26 posted on 12/17/2008 4:12:31 PM PST by oldtimer
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To: Callahan

“THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE”


27 posted on 12/17/2008 4:16:48 PM PST by orchestra
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To: Tennessee Nana
...."Does Warren really believe that Obama has a mandate from God ????"......

You do if you believe the Bible. We get the leaders we deserve from God. The Bible's OT teaches that the Jews got good leaders when they followed God and bad leaders, when they strayed. They even were destroyed and enslaved when it was called for.

Can you really blame God if a nuke hits America with starvation and economic ruin? We've murdered 40,000,000 of his children, recognized sodomy as a legal act, and pretty much outlawed the Living God of the Universe from all American locals and activities.

People seem to believe that if you sin, a lightning bolt comes from heaven to take you out immediately. It is more like a cancer that takes years and even decades to kill you. Make no mistake, God doesn't forget and you will reap what you sow.

If a nuke hits American soil, would we immediately think we have fallen from God's Grace, or think it was just a bad break? We were attacked in NYC and many found meaning in the Word of God,........for a few months. Now,... not so much. Lukewarmers, aren't especially liked by God. We voted,.... we made the choice,.... now comes the reaping of what we have sown. That is the way God works.

28 posted on 12/17/2008 4:25:06 PM PST by chuckles
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To: chuckles

PERFECTLY stated.


29 posted on 12/17/2008 4:33:25 PM PST by dixiedarlindownsouth (For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son)
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To: TexasNative2000
I'd rather have people praying for Obama than complaining about him

Those two things aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. I don't care if people do either of those things. What I am focused on is fighting Obama and his policies. Warren is cavorting with an enemy of this country and lending him support. Its disgusting.

30 posted on 12/17/2008 4:33:39 PM PST by plain talk
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To: chuckles
PS.

If Warren wanted to make a major contribution to God, he would refuse to give the oath, and make it very public as to why. He should say an oath to a liar means nothing. He would stir a minor earthquake and could use the 15 minutes of fame to further the Kingdom.

Making Obama answer for his misguided beliefs would be interesting to watch and a teachable moment for many Americans. Just ignoring it and allowing the patina of God's acceptance of Obama's beliefs is a huge slap at God's Divine Appointment offered to Warren. God may have arranged for Obama to be president, but he also arranged for Warren,( probably the most accepted religious figure in America today now that Graham is so sick), a stage to declare the Word of God. As usual, God needs a prophet and gets a wimp. Prophets were usually stoned to death because they wouldn't water down the Word of God.

31 posted on 12/17/2008 4:34:38 PM PST by chuckles
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To: Tennessee Nana

Read your Bible. Governments are put in place by God. To think that this is not according to God’s plan is to lack faith. The Devil ultimately serves God, no?


32 posted on 12/17/2008 4:35:02 PM PST by Dubya Bee
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To: al baby

Glad to see this won’t conflict with his appearance at the Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/convention/


33 posted on 12/17/2008 4:35:02 PM PST by slumber1
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To: TexasNative2000

A similar statement I’ve seen, is that “I hope to see Obama do well, because I want to see the country do well”. As do I.

That said, the person saying it doesn’t expect much. Neither do I.


34 posted on 12/17/2008 4:37:22 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: Callahan
The invocation is just customary. It is not required by law in any way.

Something about praying to be seen by men?

35 posted on 12/17/2008 4:58:00 PM PST by Salman
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To: chuckles

You have taken my comment out of context...

Go back and read it again...

Meanwhile...

..for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45


36 posted on 12/17/2008 5:03:17 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Dubya Bee

Welcome n00b...

Read more threads before you bash fellow FReepers...


37 posted on 12/17/2008 5:04:49 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: NinoFan

Typically, the clergyman with the highest profile in the country is chosen to give an inaugural invocation. Today that happens to be Rick Warren. It has nothing to do with any ‘political benefit’ to Obama. It has everything to do with asking for God’s blessing on this country as we peacefully transfer power from one Administration to another. That process is much bigger and more important than any one man.

Would you have Warren or anyone else NOT want God’s blessing on the new Administration? I don’t wish Obama success, but I sure do wish God’s blessing on this country that will be in his and his Administration’s hands.


38 posted on 12/17/2008 5:06:12 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Tennessee Nana
OK, I re read the post. It still sounds as if you don't think Obama isn't a tool of God. As as preacher, Warren should understand that. Warren should also understand the weight of the position he has been elevated to and do God's Will for him. If you've never missed a Divine Appointment, you just can't know the devastation Warren will endure because of it. I have, and paid the price for it for a long time. It was a teachable moment for me.

Pharaoh was used by God even though he was a representation of the Devil on Earth. God used evil to do good, as He always does.

If the US is destroyed for their sin, then it will be according to God's Will and for His children's benefit.

39 posted on 12/17/2008 5:23:16 PM PST by chuckles
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To: TexasNative2000

I pray every day that the United States be protected from Obama’s evil.... does that count?


40 posted on 12/17/2008 6:05:32 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: nobama08

“Billy Graham counseled Clinton” before or after Monica?


41 posted on 12/17/2008 6:07:25 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: DLfromthedesert

Both


42 posted on 12/17/2008 6:20:49 PM PST by nobama08
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To: nobama08

Hmmm the counseling did a lot of good, yes?


43 posted on 12/17/2008 6:22:22 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: DLfromthedesert

Well, I don’t know what the counseling consisted of. Maybe he said “go and sin no more”. Who knows?


44 posted on 12/17/2008 6:39:35 PM PST by nobama08
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To: nobama08

At least not in the Oval Office. LOL


45 posted on 12/17/2008 6:43:44 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: Callahan
I am not sure if Rick Warren is even a Christian?
I personally believe that Warren voted for Obama. Obama is a Non Christian, and I will not be watching one second of his evil inauguration.

The term “Pro choice Christian” is a oxymoron

46 posted on 12/17/2008 7:12:31 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (TINA FEY WISHES SHE LOOKED LIKE SARAH PALIN. FEY IS HOMELY, SARAH IS KNOCKOUT DROP DEAD GORGEOUS)
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To: NinoFan

Rick Warren is a piece of crap!


47 posted on 12/17/2008 7:15:55 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (TINA FEY WISHES SHE LOOKED LIKE SARAH PALIN. FEY IS HOMELY, SARAH IS KNOCKOUT DROP DEAD GORGEOUS)
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To: nobama08

Oh yes, the shoe’s on the other foot now, and i’ll be verbally kicking that marxist every opportunity i get.


48 posted on 12/17/2008 7:16:17 PM PST by Canedawg ("The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it")
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To: oldtimer

Will Obama swear in on the Bible or on the Quran?......................................

Will Warren read from the Bible or the Quran? is the better question


49 posted on 12/17/2008 7:17:27 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (TINA FEY WISHES SHE LOOKED LIKE SARAH PALIN. FEY IS HOMELY, SARAH IS KNOCKOUT DROP DEAD GORGEOUS)
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To: Callahan

Oh, that’s just perfect- a match made in Communist heaven. Is the 5th Dimension going to sing about the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius, or maybe they can drag in the twitching corpses of Pete Seeger and Country Joe McDonald, he of the country village of Berkeley, California.


50 posted on 12/17/2008 7:18:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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