Pro-Lifers Upset With Rick Warren Over Obama Invocation

December 20th, 2008 5:30 PM

There has been a wealth of media coverage regarding liberal outrage over Obama picking Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. However, the MSM has predictably ignored the other side of the story. Many Pro-life activists are upset with Rick Warren for accepting Obama's invitation.

David Brody of CBN News reports on this:

Liberals and gay activists aren’t happy with Barack Obama for choosing pro-life and prop 8 supporting pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama’s inaugural. But pro-life readers seem to be equally upset at Rick warren for agreeing to it.

The Brody File has been flooded with emails and most of them absolutely rip Pastor Warren for doing this. Below is but a very small sampling. I can’t reprint all of them but let me just say that pro-lifers are NOT happy with Warren at all.

Rick Warren is, after all, a pro-life leader and Barack Obama is a fervently pro-choice politician. But Brody doesn't like the attitudes causing the controversy surround the invocation:

While I understand the justifiable concern coming from pro-lifers and liberals, the bottom line is this: why can’t a pro-life pastor pray for a pro-choice candidate? Are politics and past prejudices clouding our judgment here? Warren isn’t up there to speak out against homosexuality or push the pro-life issue. Sometimes we all get caught up so much in demonizing the other side that we don’t see the forest from the trees.

Brody certainly has a point here. This is, after all is said and done, still a prayer. It has no significant political meaning and it ought not cause any controversies when rivals pray for each other. Thus, Brody's final point is something we should all try and remember:

Just because Rick warren supports proposition 8 doesn’t mean his prayer for Obama isn’t sincere. Just because Warren prays for Obama at his inauguration doesn’t mean he marginalizes the pro-life agenda.