By choosing the Reverend Rick Warren to offer the invocation during his Swearing In Ceremony as the 44th President of the United States of America, President-Elect Barack Obama has set an example that many leaders of the Democratic Party should follow.
Reverend Rick Warren is the Evangelical Pastor of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. He is also an opponent of homosexual marriage and the author of the best selling book, "A Life with a Purpose".
President-Elect Obama has been receiving ongoing complaints by leaders of the homosexual community who are furious after finding out that Reverend Warren has been selected, and are asking for Barack Obama to disinvite Reverend Warren. He won't. This is a great example by Barack Obama, and should be taken seriously by the leaders of the Democratic Party.
Obama has sent a message to the world that "Yes We Can" has a Democratic Party where everyone should be included. It has been the belief that the Democratic Party is owned exclusively by certain groups, and if you do not believe in or follow the ideology of these groups and their agendas, then you will be a registered outcast. You will never be invited to official Party activities. You will not get their support, and they call you names and do everything possible to push you out of the Democratic Party.
To some people, if you oppose homosexual marriage and abortion, you are not a Democrat and you are certainly not be invited to deliver an inaugural invocation. To those people, it does not matter how hard you fight to protect human services by creating job opportunities for your community, bringing low income housing to the poor, fighting against the closing of health services, protecting the immigrants, and opposing the Governor of the State of New York and the Mayor of the City of New York for cutting needed services when they try to balance their budgets on the backs of the poor and less fortunate families and senior citizens.
By rejecting the call to dis-invite Reverend Warren and by welcoming him to deliver the inauguration ceremony's invocation in Washington, DC, Barack Obama has sent a message of inclusion … that we should be welcome all the time, not only to be used when they want our votes, support and participation in coalitions to benefit others.
The time has come for a change. The Democratic Party should not be a party of only two issues : abortion and homosexual marriage. Everybody should be accepted : Orthodox Jews, Evangelical Christians, Catholics, Muslims, and those with religious beliefs that oppose abortion and homosexual marriage. YES WE CAN!
Thank you, President-Elect Obama for setting the example.