A Rick Warren Holiday Reader

12.21.2008

By Out.com Editors

While we're normally busy dedicating ourselves to bringing you the best in entertainment, fashion, and style for the modern gay man, sometimes we can't help but direct our attention to affairs of a decidedly more political nature.

With President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration less than a month away, gays have been tracking his appointment of high-level government officials, his commitment to LGBT issues like dismantling "don't ask, don't tell" and legalizing marriage, and envisioning the exciting prospect of an America finally led by a gay-friendly President.

So, now that Obama has chosen Reverend Rick Warren -- an outspoken opponent of gay marriage among other noxious attributes -- to lead the inaugural invocation on January 20, many people, including actor Alan Cumming, writer Christopher Hitchens, Salon.com news editor Joan Walsh, and journalist Michelle Goldberg, are suddenly wondering what else this disconcerting choice means we can expect from our soon-to-be President.

To make it easier to understand exactly who Reverend Rick Warren is, what he believes, and how members of the gay community are responding to his unexpected invitation from Obama, click the links below. And keep one eye glued on our sister site, Advocate.com, for all the latest info on Reverend Warren's participation in the upcoming inauguration -- and perhaps -- the new administration.


> A profile of Reverend Rick Warren from the Observer UK

> Alan Cumming's blog post

> Michelle Goldberg's ReligionDispatches.com column

> Christopher Hitchens' Slate.com column

> Frank Rich's New York Times' Op-Ed

> Joan Walsh's Salon.com column

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