The blogosphere is abuzz with the news that Rick Warren will deliver the inaugural invocation on January 20, 2009. Many bloggers are noting the fact that Warren and Obama disagree on a host of social issues. Others, particularly from the LBGT community, are condemning the decision based on Warren’s opposition to proposition 8 in California. Others are defending the choice. Salon reports that it was actually Congress, not Obama, who chose Warren to give the prayer.
One of the critiques of Graham has been that he has not always spoken truth to power, preferring instead to serve as a behind the scenes counselor to presidents and other national politicians. If indeed Warren is the new ministerial darling of U.S. presidents, it should be interesting to see how he handles this ceremonial role. Will he be a spiritual advisor to Obama? Will he challenge the administration to reconsider its views on abortion? What can we expect?