This week's letter of the week comes from local activist Michael Funke who calls out president elect Obama for selecting anti-gay evangelical pastor Rick Warren to perform the invocation at his inauguration later this month. Thanks for the letter, Michael. You can pick up your prize, an Old Mill pint glass and a cool beverage to fill it, at our offices, 704 NW Georgia.
President-elect Barack Obama has thrown gay and lesbian supporters under the bus by inviting Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren to provide the invocation at his inauguration. I support Obama. But, I strongly disagree with the selection of Warren and have joined thousands of other supporters in registering my opposition at www.change.gov.
When Obama selected Warren to do the invocation, the Saddleback Church website included the following statement: "someone unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted as a member at Saddleback Church."
Since Warren was selected, the church has erased that statement from the website.
Warren attempted to clarify his position in a video message to Saddleback members last week, when he accused those who oppose his participation in the inauguration - including Obama supporters - of being "Christophobes."
In other words, those of us who oppose Warren's condemnation of gays and lesbians have an irrational fear, contempt and hatred for Christ and Christianity. It's not about Warren's views; it's about Obama supporters who hate Christianity.
Warren insults Obama and his supporters, and proves his bigotry, with this comment. He makes the case for those of us who oppose his participation in Obama's inauguration. This is not the change I voted for. Selecting a bigot to do the invocation is not bipartisanship. Warren doesn't just represent a different social view. He represents hate.
Obama says he is a "fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans." He can prove it by telling Warren to stay home. Obama also told us that change begins with us. Make some change: go to www.change.gov, scroll down to the bottom, click on "contact" on the left side, and tell Obama you want him to change his mind and un-invite Rick Warren.
Michael Funke, Bend