National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to selection of Rick Warren to give invocation at inauguration | National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Statement by the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel
National Religious Leadership Roundtable
“As a Christian pastor and a lesbian, I am deeply troubled by President-elect Obama’s choice of Pastor Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration. Pastor Warren was one of the leaders in smearing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the recent Proposition 8 campaign in California. His words and actions have solidified the impression that Christian equals bigot when it comes to the LGBT community. And his leadership was one of the factors in Prop. 8’s passage.
“But Pastor Warren and the Saddleback Church, whose membership counts in the 20,000 mark, have also taken a leadership role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. And through this work they are coming to know many LGBT persons and our real lives — as opposed to the lies they have painted us with.
“My prayer is that Pastor Warren allow himself to repent of his hatred and harm to the LGBT community. If he is going to purport to acknowledge God’s presence at the inauguration, he must recognize the power and blessing in all our lives — especially LGBT people.”