There has been a good deal of reaction to Obama‘s selection of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, much of it coming in the form of outspoken criticism from the gay left. They object on the grounds of Warren’s support of traditional marriage. Fortunately for Obama, they’ve got nowhere else to go, and he knows it.
As I noted in my last post, this is an absolutely brilliant move by Obama – and part of its brilliance is that the protest itself supposedly demonstrates Obama’s moderation relative to those objecting, and that he is willing to risk upsetting a key base of support by reaching across the spectrum to embrace a (very popular) evangelical leader.
Why is the left upset? While it might be understandably irksome, they surely must know that this is all political posturing by Obama. They must know – because Obama’s history shows this – that whatever he says, whoever he invites to his podium, Obama is emphatically with them on the issues.
It is the policies that an administration sets, not the preacher it selects for a ceremony, that matters in the end. Both sides would do well to keep this in mind when observing the Warren selection.
Post Script: Because Obama declares that he is not in favor of gay marriage, it’s worth noting that he has sided with homosexual advocacy groups consistently throughout his career. He supports civil unions, voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment and opposed the Defense of Marriage Act, which protected the right of states to establish and uphold their own traditional marriage laws.