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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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  • sara

    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 ….

  • Born Free and Equal

    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.

  • bonzo

    What a retard. 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…

  • bonzo

    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.

  • mrclmind

    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.

  • S

    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

  • pwat

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

  • joy

    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.

  • http://deleted sayanything

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688870614&ref=profile qboy

    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 !

  • galloway

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688870614&ref=profile qboy

    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

  • T

    so wrong

  • http://deleted sayanything

    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

    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.

  • vidstr1

    Rick Warren’s books are great. Go Rick!

  • Jaye

    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.

  • Mary

    is this cummings guy an American?

  • Jonna

    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.

  • huh?

    “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.

  • lady t

    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…

  • Janeway

    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.

  • dsbnh

    Sara, do you ever get tired of your ignorance?

  • jm

    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!!

  • sillyme

    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.

  • gjc

    This dork is from Britian. I’m glad he’s proud to be gay, it makes the road better for our children and grandchildren. But there is NO comparison to prop 8 and the Black Civil Rights movement!

  • CHERIE

    So sad to see a lot of people saying gays and lesbians are being too sensitive. They have every right to speak out against a man who clearly discriminates. I bet these posters wouldn’t be singing the same tune if they were being discriminated against.

    I get that Warren has done good things, but the bottom line is that he refuses to see that gays and lesbians are equal. He can say that opinion is formed because of his religion, but it still doesn’t wash. Religions discriminate, and the whole gay and lesbian issue proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    People say we as a country have come so far as a people, and to a point we have. We have elected an African-American president, and decades ago that was an impossibility. But, it’s obvious that we have also taken 2 steps back in regards to homosexuality. And that is a shame.

  • bubbles

    Re: “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.”

    And we’ll say na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey GOODBYE!

    Let the right wing wackos vote for him next time.

  • tom

    Alan Cumming must be one of the most ignorant imbeciles I’ve ever heard. If he had done any research into Rick Warren, he would know that he is a man of integrity. He and his wife have set up an international organization to help those with AIDS, gone into 3rd World countries themselves and helped these victims when others are afraid to go near them.

    –What has Alan Cummings done? Just rant and rave because all he knows in his little peanut head is that Rick Warren is a Christian pastor. He is the true bigot. He goes on one word: ‘Christian’ and decides that they are all bigots when he probably doesn’t know one personally, has never stepped into a church, or read even a chapter of the Bible.

  • Cynthia

    Robert like many other gay people always place the blame game on minorities, especially black people. No, they were never hung like the blacks were, they never had to sit at the end of a bus either, nor did they never had to use a separate restroom either. Gay men use the same restrooms as straight men and blah, blah. What is it with gay people, why are they sooo touchy and sensitive? Everybody knows that deep down they feel guilty about their lifestyles, and they will do anything to keep their lifestyle alive for generations and generations to come. Unfortunately, gay people will forever exist with heterosexuals, yet they never stop pushing the envelope about gay marriage. It’s not right, why don’t they just except the fact that they can still have fun, in sptie of the fact that they will no longer be able to wed soon. Yes, there are many gay men in jail that has raped and killed innocent little boys, that are on death row and some put to death as we speak, because of their uncontrollable, sick lusts. Why should that bother you Mr. Cummings, do you have anything you want to get off your chest!!!?

  • ~m~

    Someone said earlier that being gay is not the same as being black.
    In many ways that is true but where he is trying to draw the connection is at the fact that both groups were (and still are depending on where you live) discriminated against for something that they don’t really have any control over. Some may argue that gay people do have control over it because they can chose not to be, but honnestly have you ever tried controlling who you love or telling yourself not to love someone? It’s not very easy. If you love someone it’s pretty impossible to tell your heart otherwise.

    On another note, what’s an invocation? I am not American and therefore don’t really know the process that goes with swearing in a president. Im asuming from the context in jj’s post its some sort of religious sermony thing or something?

  • me

    Rick Warren is a fantastic choice! Who cares what the idiot Brit thinks. The world has a lot of problems and all we hear about is gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay. Enough already, I am soooooooooooooooooo sick of it already. GET A LIFE.

  • serah

    You know what…we cant criticize anyones religous views EXCEPT christians?? Christians have a right to believe what they want. In todays world everything is so PC its sickening…we cant say merry christmas,Whites and christians are really the last groups of people you can say prejudice things against…and dont say that isnt true because it is! I hear it every day. Since liberals are supposed to be so open minded and accepting, why dont they accept the fact that christians can believe what they want about homosexuality…and stop trying to make everything thats not the norm the norm!! Stpo trying to make christians feel like they need to change..because if they are real christians they wont…no matter whta names you liberals want to throw at them. And having a religious view that homosexuality is wrong is not homophobia!!!! Its a freakin view people! Lay the fuck off!!! Oh yeah and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • over it!

    Yeah, Rick Warren compares being gay to incest and pedophilia… why? because many gay people are molested and raped as children and that’s all they know. Top notch celebs and other free minded people that are gay, are just perverted. They start out with the opposite sex, and when that’s not good enough, they look towards something that is different and that they can get more pleasure out of. sick right? like for those old men who are married to WOMEN yet still rape their son… it’s new and exciting.. but then they claim it’s real love, and they can’t control who they love. BS. i for one, have tried to be cordial about discussing homosexuality, but why? this is the truth… I dare anyone to show me a gay/or lesbian person that has not been with the opposite sex, or is gay as a result of sexual abuse!!

    Gay people are not evil, but their actions are ridiculous and perverted. Stop trying to say they are being opressed, when the truth is, they have more freedom that any other citizen. It’s just getting old, and I’m tired of hearing about gay people. It’s like get on with your life and stop thinking everyone is out to get you. What, are straight people stopping you from holding hands, holding your little rallies? No.

    AND never compare homosexuality ” opression” to what African Americans went through. If you are someone with common sense and a real education, you would never think this.

  • over it!

    PS: I applaud President Elect- Barak Obama for this… The prayers of our Christian community are working and this is just a sign of it. Keep it up fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • http://justjared.com Lisa

    Alan Cumming’s needs to shut the fuck up.

  • dianad1968

    #19

    Jonna,

    Gays are ALWAYS trying to equate the fact that they are not allowed to “marry” to the atrocities suffered by African Americans during the Civil Rights era.

  • http://www.thatshideous.com deka

    i dont think it’s big deal
    americans bitch too much
    it’s his friends. none of us agree all the time with our friends
    that doesnt me we shun them
    http://www.thatshideous.com

  • LadyS

    This born-and-bred American agrees with that “idiot Brit” 100%. You don’t make your message one of inclusion and then start your presidency with an invocation whose central message is one of excluding a good 5% of our country’s population. Clearly Obama’s not *so* much the voice of change that he’s above pandering to a class of people who use the hateful voices of ancient ramblings and power-hungry religious figures as an excuse to practice hate and deny an underrepresented minority its right to basic civil rights.

    P.S. Say what you will about the difference between blacks and gays, but history will find some of the views expressed on this board just as repulsive and incomprehensible as the mentality of people who thought blacks were a sub-class of humans.

  • andrea

    A lot of people are missing the point of Obama asking this guy to say a prayer. Obama is trying to reach out to all Americans!! NOT JUST THE GAY community!! I am all for gay marriage and all,but you guys are missing the big picture and are sounding just as angry and hateful as what you are trying to fight against. Did you ever think that Obama might have help this guy see a different point of view that what he already thinks about the gays? Hello Obama wants America to be one America, not just gay America,conservative America or liberal America. I’m surprised a lot of people don’t get it.

  • Halli

    I love how one gay person who is pissed at this is all of a sudden saying, “The Gay community won’t be voting for Obama anymore”.

    Oh REALLY??? Doubt it.

    You are only one person. You don’t speak for the ‘gay community’ and the ONLY PEOPLE angry at the is those on the FAR-LEFT.

    This to shall pass. Obama is the President for everyone and he is including another Pastor there who is not an Evangelical. That way he is trying to be as inclusive as possible. This was his message from the get go.

    I love how some people on the FAR-LEFT always get pissed and angry over superficial things like this 3 MINUTE PRAYER. Its not like Warren is being hired to be on the Obama Administration so chill out.

    Obama has been the most PRO-GAY President Elect ever and the most PRO-WOMAN, if you bothered to look at where he stands – you would know that.

    Third Party votes only give the Republicans more of a chance to win Office. Remember 2000, when those on the FAR-LEFT voted for NADER and GEORGE BUSH won by the slightest margins? Yeah, and you guys on the FAR-LEFT were the first once to cry about a Republican Whitehouse. Guess what? Your Third-Party vote helped get him elected.

    For those angry…. CHILL OUT. This isn’t a big deal. There has always been a Religious leader to open the Inauguration and not one of them has ever been Pro-Gay, so I don’t know what you expect. You should wait to see policy changed. Things that actually matter.

  • Halli

    Right on Andrea #40

    Obama said, “To those who did not vote for me. I will be your President too”

    His message was always about inclusion. Some of these people here do not realize that the hate they spew against Christians and other religious groups sounds just as hateful. You have to work TOGETHER f you want progress.

    And no. The gay-struggle is NOTHING compared to the black-struggle. I hate that people say that Gay is the new Black. Its so wrong to compare these two things. Blacks have struggled in America since day 1 and they will continue to struggle. In ever aspect of life.

  • Undecided

    Rick Warren doesn’t promote hate.

    Barack Obama is not going to solve the WORLDS problems over night…C’mon people you all voted for him….he is a good man…

    Maybe JUST maybe his experience with Barack with free up his thoughts on gays??

    Everyone has placed soooooooooo much pressure on Obama to save the world…well folks he is a human…..and this is A PROCESS….and we will never ever be the picture perfect world you want….

  • S

    The fact remains most Americans don’t support gay marriage, so why is having this Rev there a big deal when he represents the majority?

  • hmm

    I hate to echo what has already been said but Obama has committed himself to bridging the divides that separate us. The only way that you combat intolerance is to be open and inviting of the discussion; and I’m sorry but the reaction from the gay community is anything but reasonable. Obama intends to repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell and he is apparently close to appointing an openly gay man to be the Sec. of the Navy and the gay community is in an uproar about Rick Warren delivering a 90 second prayer? Keep focused on the big issues and stop worrying about the little things. I know this is an unpopular thought but people have the right to think and feel the way they want to about any issue including gay marriage and abortion. It is unfair to label anyone who disagrees as a bigot or a hate monger. It is clear that Obama intends to be the President of everyone and not just those he agrees with and he was explicit about that when he was running. And to the person who talked about Obama only caring about black people, have you seen his cabinet? It seems to me that he is picking a cabinet that represents everyone in America and not just those that look like him. And lastly, perhaps Mr. Cumming doesn’t know the history of black people in America and maybe he needs to educate himself because the sitting at the back of the bus should not be used in such a dismissive manner. Alan Cumming never had to sit at the back of the bus literally or figuratively and it says more about him that he would resort to such rhetoric than it does about Warren or Obama. The gay community is simply showing that they are as capable of bigotry and ignorance as those they criticize so forcefully.

  • groundcontrol

    I cannot believe that there are people here who do not undertsand that this is about cvil rights for all people. The LGBT community as well.

    Alan Cumming is absolutely right and his op ed piece on Huffington Post (not on JustJared) is a lot more diplomatic than I would be. There is no room at the inauguration to honor people with a prominent role who would deny others their civil rights. That is exactly what Warren wants to do. I don’t care what his “religion” says. He can keep that to himself.

    Though I am not particularly surprised by this considering Obama’s history and connections with the homophobic community, it is thoroughly painful that my friends in the LBGT community have to endure such a slap in the face.

    As for some of the posters here, I had no idea we had such blatant homophobes posting.

  • Fanny Steinburg

    Obama is NOT for GAYS…please. He just wants the GAY VOTES…duh??????

  • hmm

    You’re right Fanny, Obama is for everyone and not just for those who agree with him. That’s called tolerance, something that some of us dismiss too easily. And Groundcontrol, stop with the hyperbole. This is the United States of America and we allow for dissenting opinions. Perhaps Obama is leading by example and it’s just sad that so many of you don’t see this as an opportunity for dialogue. And the more you speak the more you resemble the agents of intolerance on the Right.

  • Halli

    Right on #48

    I agree.

  • mickey

    I agree with hmm. Also, it wasn’t just gay people that voted for Obama so to claim sole responsibility for his election is obnoxious. Obama explained why he chose Warren and it seems to me like he is very much about trying to bring all people together even those who disagree because in a country where there is supposed to be free speech, you will have many different opinions about things. The key is to learn to tolerate and learn about our differences and I think that what Obama is about. He isn’t the president for just the gay community.

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