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Alan Cumming: Barack Obama Wrong To Ask Rick Warren

Alan Cumming: Barack Obama Wrong To Ask Rick Warren

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Orange County mega-pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing, which has dismayed many Hollywood liberals. Actor Alan Cumming has taken to HuffPo to voice his opinion:

“In many ways Rick Warren is like a lot of people we know — friends’ dads or people we meet on planes that are pleasant but occasionally offer an opinion that gives you a startling glimpse into the darkness of their souls. Comparing same-sex relationships with incest and pedophilia is a case in point…

“I, like the majority of Americans, feel that gay people are unfairly discriminated against, and it is time they were afforded equal rights. I have heard the president-elect espouse these same opinions many times, and unlike some friends I have talked to over the last few days, I have no fears that he has altered these opinions in any way or that the invitation to Mr. Warren compromises them and his desire to see them enacted into law.

Obama is very clearly showing his promise to be everyone’s president — from little, lefty queers like me to big, right-wing religious bigots like Rick Warren. (And he is a bigot. Go look it up in the dictionary.)

“And that, finally, is what is so upsetting and insulting about the idea that Rick Warren will be standing on the podium on this great day of celebration for a new America: because this whole thing is not about gay rights or policy or differences of opinion. It is about human decency and respect. Let’s face it, a generation ago Rick Warren would have made Barack Obama sit at the back of the bus, and now it’s the gays who are back there and we feel kind of lonely.”

Read Alan Cumming‘s full entry at HuffingtonPost.com.

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# 1

Is this guy for real, he has taken to Jared to voice his opinion, as if anyone besides him cares about it …. I’m shocked that the New York Times didn’t give him a opinion column to vent his irrelevant thoughts on Obama invocation speaker…. and what really amazes me is that gays think they elected Obama and that they have a right to dictate to him who and what he should be doing… if every gay person had not voted in the election Obama would have still won. Gays confuse their over representation in entertainment and the media with their numbers in the wider public. And would Anderson Cooper just come out already ….

# 2
Born Free and Equal @ 12/20/2008 at 10:06 am

It’s NOT about “a right to dictate to him who and what he should be doing”.
It’s about promoting Rick Warren who is AGAINST equal rights for all Americans.
Gays should not be second class citizens.

# 3

What a ******. A generation ago Rick Warren would have made Barack Obama sit at the back of the bus??? Why does he think he can say something so outlandish about the man? Geez, being gay is NOT the same as being black. This guy is a moron! He also somehow thinks he can speak for the majority of Americans…the majority do NOT think gay people are discriminated against, and the majority do NOT support gay marriage! Talk about trying to bully people into his way of thinking…

# 4

Born Free and Equal…Rick Warren is not against equal rights for all Americans, though perhaps he is against special rights for gays. You guys are not a majority…gay people love to use the word “intolerant” but I’ve never seen or heard of such an intolerant group in my 50 years. If people don’t jump on your bandwagon, you crucify. Ease up! It’s EQUAL rights for mankind, not special rights.

# 5

I, like so many of my gay friends, gave a lot of money to Obama’s campaign. We worked tirelessly to get him elected. Now Obama decides to invite Rick Warren, who equates gays to rapists and child molesters; and who excludes gays from being members of his church to do the invocation? How many of Warren’s followers do you think gave as much to the campaign as gays did? How many of Warren’s followers worked as hard to get Obama elected as gays did? Warren is to gays what a Grand Wizard of the KKK is to African Americans. Obama has made it perfectly clear with this invitation how he feels about the gay community.

Do you think Obama would have had as much of a landslide if it wasn’t for the gay community? I don’t think so. I hope for his sake that all the evangelicals he is pandering to move over to his camp come reelection time; gays will be voting for a third party candidate from now on. It’s been made perfectly clear that the Democrats don’t want us. Good luck to Obama with his presidency. I don’t support him any longer. I, like so many fell utterly betrayed.

# 6

I voted for Obama and don’t like the idea of Rick Warren. However, how can you ever solve your differences if you NEVER talk to your opponents, the people that disagree with you? If you surround yourself with individuals that only share you same POV then you yourself are simply IGNORANT. Obama is going to try is best to make the country tolerant, but, everyone needs to understand that means all groups (White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, Disabled, Military, Muslim, Jews, Gays, Neo Christians- and the works) are going to be upset/angry about some decisions.

JMO

-S

# 7

I suggest Mr. Cumming look up the word “bigot”. I did and it surely fits Mr. Cumming.

# 8

I’m sorry, but I think Gay/Lesbian people are too sensitive! I have heard Rick Warren’s view on gays and I don’t think he’s a bigot, at all. There’s nothing wrong with him when he stands for what the Holy Bible says. What do homosexuals stand for when they call him a “bigot” and “divisive”…which I think is an utter lie! Rick Warren lives out his faith in a way that helps so many poor, and people with AIDS througout the world…just like Jesus Christ did and still doing through people like Rick! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH Obama’s PICK of Pastor Rick Warren! For that, I will continue to pray for God’s grace and mercy upon our nation because WE are ALL sinners and in need of Jesus Christ’s saving grace.

# 9

Joy, you rock, and are VERY articulate and eloquent. Thank you for showing the love of Christ.

oh god ! this makes me sick… I dont get Obama ! i hope it’s not like it is said otherwise i ll get very desapointed !

well let’s see what’s coming next !

Ahem. Isn’t Alan Cummings SCOTTISH?

And didn’t he only very recently consider the US to be worthy of citizenship? Perhaps he has changed his mind now.

some ppl are soo scary ! straight ppl always come up here and spread their superiority ! gay ppl didnt chose/vote for anythg concerning straight laws or rights , so dont come up here to say thxs for showing the love of Christ …

i feel betrayed too ! it’s all about gay ppl and gay point of you and gay rights… wich is not the case for some among you

You misunderstand in your anger. What Joy was saying is that Christ loved everyone, wanted to help everyone, be there for everyone, regardless of who we are. He still does. His heart is compassion. But that doesn’t mean He applauds everything we do. He wants what’s best for us, and like a loving parent, has set guidelines for us in His word. You can choose to live by them or not, but it doesn’t mean that those of us who do are bigoted or hate. I think it’s sad you have such hatred for those who esteem God’s Word – which hasn’t changed, by the way. He still wants what’s best for us.

CAPTAINJACK @ 12/20/2008 at 11:15 am

It’s a pandering chice, obviously. I bet a lot of people who claimed to be Obama supporters and are now damning him for it are the same who thought Obama’s onnectiond to Bill Ayres and Jeremiah Wright were superfluous non-issues.

Rick Warren’s books are great. Go Rick!

Good Grief! Obama isn’t a GAY president, he will be President to all. Believe it or not there are more people who think that gays should not be legally allowed to marry than those who think they should. If gays want to live the life, who’s stopping them. They have legal contracts, civil union contracts or whatever they are called that they could write up.

If Gay people are going to take EVERYTHING personally, they’re going to sound just like Peta, like yapping white noise. Pick your battles people. This one is not it. This guy is not going to write policy for Obama, he’s just giving a prayer. .

The final truth of the matter is I don’t care if he gives the prayer at the inauguration. He doesn’t represent me, whatever his beliefs are. This is a country of free speech and that means even if you don’t agree with someone. But when people are trying to make their own point, they seem to forget that. To make such a fuss about this is your choice, but allow that there are differing opinions which are just are valid as yours.

is this cummings guy an American?

I think it’s great that Obama has chosen Rick Warren. Would Cumming prefer he had Jeremiah Wright do it?

Also, I’m personally and deeply insulted that Cumming would dare to compare homosexuals in 2008 to African Americans during segregation. Really? Last time I checked the only “injustice” you’re “suffering” is wanting your civil unions called “marriage”, how exactly is that comparative to the extreme injustices suffered by African Americans during segregation?

I also love that Cumming’s entire statement is about gay rights and how he feels discriminated against, then he tries to change his game at the end and make it about human decency. I find it incredibly indecent that he accused someone he doesn’t know personally (and I would be willing to bet knows VERY little about at all) of being the sort who would’ve promoted segregation and forced African Americans to sit at the back of the bus.

“Born Free and Equal…Rick Warren is not against equal rights for all Americans, though perhaps he is against special rights for gays.”
Right to marry and have a family is NOT a special right.
Gays just want to be treated as straights.
That’s all.

This is not a gay issue and everyone who are for human rights are not for special gay rights. It’s a reality and more of a moral standard for many. Rick Warren hasn’t said nothing than any other bible based faith preacher hasn’t said or thought if the truth be told because it’s in black and white and it can’t be changed no matter how someone may want it to…He’s praying not delivering a speech on condemnation. Good grief…The man is not stupid and Barack isn’t his flunky so get over it…There’s more loons out on the loose than a few…

I voted for Obama and I understand why he picked Mr. Warren, he wants to open his tent to include the religious right. But it saddened me and I have to agree with Mr. Cummings. Mr. Warren may do a lot of good work, but he is also ignorant and misguided. In this country it is illegal to discriminate based on race, creed and religion but it does not protect people of different sexual orientation. Like Jon Stewart said when he had Mike Huccabee on his show, people choose their religion but they can’t choose being gay or lesbian. And why do many religious people forget we are ALL made in God’s image? When people say that gays are “too sensitive” I wonder how they would feel if they were denied the rights that everyone else takes for granted. Not that long ago women couldn’t vote, blacks sat at the back of the bus, people of different races couldn’t marry. How does gays wanting the same rights that all other American’s enjoy “special rights”.? The majority has no right to discriminate against a minority. It is time for ALL the people in this country to have equal rights.

Sara, do you ever get tired of your ignorance?

I continue to be shocked that this is even an issue. Who cares who Obama picked to deliver the invocation??? And I agree, homosexuals and thier supporters are overly sensitive about issues such as these. Obama is going to be the President of the United States, let him choose who will give the prayer at his inauguration for Pete’s sake!!

Y’all white folks and gays need to stop comparing the gay marriage thing to the black civil rights movement. There’s no comparison. Maybe I missed it in my history class where they taught us about gays being lynched or having to use separate restrooms or drink from separate water fountains or go to separate schools or live in different neighborhoods than straights – the way blacks were treated.

If it were a generation ago, or two, blacks would still be sitting in the back of the bus, if it were up to gays. I live in DC and most white gays I know can’t even stand blacks.

On the other hand, I can see why you’re upset. Barack would never have a member of the Klan or a racist group speak, because it would offend blacks – and blacks are really the only group that Barack Obama will not dare offend. The rest of you – gays, feminists – he couldn’t care less, so get used to it. He’ll call on you again when he runs for reelection.

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