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Rick Warren to deliver Obama invocation - gay community furious

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Yesterday on CNN, Anderson Cooper hosted a combative debate on the topic. Hilary Rosen, Washington Editor at Large for the Huffington Post, said the selection was an "outrageous mistake".

"From what I gather, every gay person who paid attention to this today felt like we were kicked in the stomach," she said. "This is outrageous that you would pick such a divisive figure to speak out at a blessed, prayerful moment on a day that is bringing the country together."

CNN contributor Roland Martin doesn't see the controversy, noting that there will be two preachers speaking at the inauguration - one who "is for gay rights and one is not for gay rights."

"Look, Obama believes in marriage between a man and a woman," Martin said. "Is that controversial?"

"Look, you'll have two people speaking [on inauguration day]," he continued. "Rick Warren who is against gay marriage giving the invocation and and the Reverend Joe Lowery who is for gay marriage giving the benediction."

The two sparred for a few moments before the show turned into a newsroom version of the Jerry Springer show (video below).

Doesn't matter

So are all conservatives jumping for joy with the pick?

Well, not Donald Douglas, anyway. Douglas, who describes himself as an associate professor of political science and runs a blog called "American Power," says the Warren pick doesn't mean anything in the long run.

"In the end, Obama will satisfy the radical gay rights constituency by pushing all the big homosexual demands, eventually caving on gay marriage as well; in turn, getting chummy with folks like Warren won't help much on the conservative side, especially as Obama's administration proceeds to dismantle the right's substantial achievements on the pro-life agenda over the past three decades," he writes.

Makes sense

But David Brody over at the Christian Broadcasting Network,doesn't seem as alarmed as Douglas. the Warren pick, he says,  "makes a whole lot of sense."

"Even though Warren and Obama disagree on the life issue, they do see eye to eye on many social justice issues," writes Brody. "This move is also classic Obama because it is a signal to religious conservatives that he’s willing to bring in both sides to the faith discussion in this country. Obama has never shied away from that."

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