Pastor Jeffress on Rick Warren

Posted on 19 Dec 2008 at 3:01pm


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Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Dallas, appeared on CBS’ The Early Show this morning to talk about President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama’s inauguration. For those who don’t have time to watch the video, here’s part of what Jeffress said:

“To me, it’s just unbelievable to think that because Rick Warren believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, somehow that characterizes him as a hate-monger and makes him unfit to pray at the inauguration. I mean, this sounds like Bizarro World to me.”

UPDATE: To balance Jeffress’ comments, here’s another local perspective from Mike McKay, executive director of the Resource Center of Dallas:

“As the executive director of one of the largest GLBT community centers in the U.S., it is surprising, outrageous and disrespectful that President-elect Obama’s selected Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the Presidential inauguration next month. Given Warren’s divisive and homophobic history and statements, it is like inviting and highlighting the grand wizard of the KKK at this historic event. On the heels of  the Proposition 8 vote in California, it is insulting to the scores of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender voters who backed the President-elect’s candidacy and has the potential to hurt his support in this key constituency.”

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