13 Jan Gary Bauer: Obama Caves
As you know, Pastor Rick Warren was invited by President-elect Barack Obama to give a prayer at his inauguration. Obama’s decision to invite Warren ignited a firestorm of hatred and invective from the intolerant, militant homosexual rights movement. Warren was called a Nazi and a bigot mainly because he supported the effort to maintain marriage in California as the union of one man and one woman.
Obama tells us that he is tough enough for the job of president, but evidently he wasn’t tough enough to resist the homosexual rights movement. Under withering attack, he has invited the openly homosexual bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, to pray at the inaugural opening ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial this Sunday. Robinson issued a statement expressing his “great honor to be there representing the Episcopal Church, the people of New Hampshire, and all of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”
Bishop Robinson claims to be representing the Episcopal Church, but his previous comments betray his true sympathies. He told the New York Times in December that when he first learned of Rick Warren’s invitation to pray at the inauguration, “it was like a slap in the face,” and he called officials on the Obama transition team to “share his dismay.” Here again we see the instinct of homosexual activists to silence the voices of men and women of faith. And exactly what faith is Robinson representing? In various interviews, Robinson has made it clear that he won’t be using the Bible in his prayer, going so far as to tell the New York Times that “he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was ‘horrified’ at how ‘specifically and aggressively Christian they were.’”
While Pastor Warren has done tremendous work ministering to AIDS victims in Africa, Robinson’s only claim to fame is his militancy on all issues “gay.” Bishop Robinson’s selfishness will likely lead to the breakup of one of the oldest Christian denominations. As my friend Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, noted, “President-elect Obama says he wants to unite Americans, and yet he chooses the most polarizing person in the Episcopal Church…”
It is worth mentioning here that several Episcopal churches in California recently lost a lawsuit over property against the national denomination. Upon learning this news, Pastor Rick Warren offered his help and issued a letter which read in part, “We stand in solidarity with … all orthodox, evangelical Anglicans. I offer the campus of Saddleback Church to any Anglican congregation who need a place to meet, or if you want to plant a new congregation in south Orange County.”
I’m sure the talking heads in Big Media will praise the president-elect for his “inclusiveness” – inviting the pastor who is against same-sex “marriage” and the man who says even open homosexuals can be ordained church leaders. But Mr. Obama will be unable to thread that needle for much longer. As president, he can operate on only one of those two worldviews, and at the end of the day, I guarantee you that the public policies he pursues will disappoint our friend Pastor Warren and bring glee to Bishop Robinson. For example, Robinson publicly endorsed Barack Obama prior to the New Hampshire primary, undoubtedly due to Obama’s statement calling the Defense of Marriage Act “an abhorrent law.” And in another historic “change,” the Lesbian and Gay Band Association will become the first homosexual organization ever to march in an inaugural parade. The Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves.