December 19, 2008

Rick Warren's Comparisons

The current hullabaloo over Pastor Rick Warren delivering the invocation at Obama's inauguration is -- unlike a lot of the hullabaloos of late -- warranted. In a recent interview with NBC's Ann Curry, Pastor Warren compared homosexuals with pedophiles. Such a comparison is outside the bounds of decency. The utterer of such a comparison has no business being accorded such a position of privilege at such a historic event. No ifs. No ands. No buts. End of story.

Someone who cannot make a moral distinction between homosexuality and pedophilia -- whatever they may think of homosexuality -- does not deserve a position of trust in our society. How can one who is supposed to lead us spiritually, but doesn't see that one of these is a consensual act between adults and the other is the sexual abuse of a child by an adult, provide effective spiritual leadership?

Barack Obama should revoke his invitation to Pastor Warren.