Rick Warren selection at Inaugural Ceremonies

This in from Marisa about this homophobic choice to give the invocation…come on…can’t they find someone…ANYONE else? Here’s what you can do to make your voice heard. The LGBT community has been a huge support for the Obama campaign and we don’t deserve a slap in the face like this. -Val

By now, I am sure you all have heard that yesterday afternoon, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced the schedule for the Obama-Biden Inaugural Ceremony on January 20. As you will see from the schedule at the bottom, it includes Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. In just 12 hours, this has caused an explosion among LGBT leaders and bloggers. People are starting to fire off e-mails & blogs complaining about the choice of such a prominent transphobic/homophobic bigot in such a ceremony, especially when Obama received such incredible support from the LGBT community.

Salon.com is reporting that the decision was not made by Obama, but rather by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) chaired the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and made the announcement:

http://www.sacbee.com/latest/story/1480834.html?

Here is the website for Feinstein’s Senate office. Unfortunately, the system was altered a couple of years ago so only residents can e-mail directly. That does not stop us from calling or faxing complaints:

http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/

Another contact is Emmett Belivau, the ED/CEO of the Inaugural Committee:
202-203-1715 or emmett@pic2009.org

Parag Mehta is Obama’s LGBT liaison in the transition team: parag.mehta@ptt.gov
And I was just on a conference call on TUESDAY with Parag!

One blogger posted additional email addresses for people to write:

http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2008/12/17/7428

Regardless of who you supported in the election, it is a real insult to the LGBT community to give such a prominent role to such a bigot.

Marisa

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2 responses to “Rick Warren selection at Inaugural Ceremonies

  1. here is my email to the ceo of the inaugural committee…

    hello,
    I would just like to let you know that I think selecting Rick Warren is very divisive and will serve the opposite of the goal of bringing people together. There are many in the religious world that could carry out his duties on inauguration day and not totally inflame the lgbt community. This man is not a man that supports the equality of all Americans and for that reason alone I feel he should not be there to welcome in the new President.

    Please reconsider this choice. I understand that President-Elect Obama wants to bring the different factions together but this is not how to do it. I am angry because to me as a lesbian American, I have worked tirelessly to help elect the new President because he has promised change, including for me and my fellow LGBT citizens, a place at the table. Rick Warren, as exhibited by his past actions, will be working tirelessly throughout Obama’s term or terms to make sure that never happens.

    “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming-”WOW, what a ride!!!” – unknown

    valerie reynolds
    http://www.avalonfarmcast.com
    http://avalonfarmblog.wordpress.com

  2. cc to http://www.change.gov

    THANK YOU
    Thank you for your message to President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden. The American people are sending Barack Obama to the White House to bring real change to Washington. Real change begins by building an open and transparent government and seeking input from all Americans.

    The response to Change.gov has matched the enthusiasm that powered the Obama campaign. Thousands of Americans have already written to the President-elect and Vice President-elect and the number continues to grow. We are working to process all of these messages as soon as possible, and we thank you for your participation.

    Sincerely,

    Obama-Biden Transition Team

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