Thursday, January 8, 2009
It is not at all clear to many observers why President Elect O'bama picked Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural prayer. (The level of expression on the subject does provide proof positive that high-level politicians live in a very contention-ridden atmosphere.) There has been evangelical support for Warren's appointment . It is quite unlikely that O'bama supports much of the social postioning that Warren stands for. For example, Warren has been recommending abstinence rather than condoms to Africans in their fight against AIDS. Warren is repletely on record in opposition to gays rights and abortion, two opinion positions that are the opposite of O'Bama's. The Doser's position is unchanged: if Warren sticks to business (invoking God's blessing on the event, requesting wisdom to be given O'bama in his administration of this very tricky patch etc. etc.) it ought to be OK. But, if Warren gets over into his ultra-conservative opinion areas it will not be OK.