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Pastor Warren statement on Obama inaugural invocation invitation

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Statement by Dr. Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church
Regarding the Invitation from President-elect Obama to Deliver
the Inaugural Invocation
Lake Forest, Calif., Dec. 18, 2008

"I commend President-elect Obama for his courage to willingly take enormous heat from his base by inviting someone like me, with whom he doesn't agree on every issue, to offer the Invocation at his historic Inaugural ceremony.

Hopefully individuals passionately expressing opinions from the left and the right will recognize that both of us have shown a commitment to model civility in America.

The Bible admonishes us to pray for our leaders. I am honored by this opportunity to pray God's blessing on the office of the President and its current and future inhabitant, asking the Lord to provide wisdom to America's leaders during this critical time in our nation's history."
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In mark this historic occasion, I propose that church BELLS be rung throughout the nation for three minutes as soon as President Obama has taken his oath of office. This is our traditional way of ringing out the old and in with the new.

To mark this historic occasion, I propose that church BELLS be rung throughout the nation for three minutes as soon as President Obama has taken his oath of office. This is our traditional way of ringing out the old and in with the new.

I think this is wornderful!

Bells? How about we mark this historic occasion by writing ballot initiatives to deny civil rights to more Americans. Gays are not enough. Let's get initiatives on the ballot to ban stem cell research in every state. Let's equate people who believe in stem cell research with perverts. Let's, in short, embrace the influence of Rick Warren and heap more honors on him.

Bells on that day could signal the death warrant of gay civil rights. How about that?

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