Over the last two days, I have spent a lot of time arguing in the comments sections on liberal blogs about Rick Warren giving the inaugural invocation. There are a lot of angry people out there, and I don't blame them since I agree with them them that marriage is a fundamental human right for all people, including gays and lesbians.
Regardless, I am in favor of the Rick Warren pick, given his work on economic and environmental issues.
It boils down to this: we are in an all-hands-on-deck situation regarding energy and the environoment. Scientists are seeing the icecaps melt faster than they feared possible. The onset of peak oil has led to wild price gyrations in the price of gas and played a larger than acknowledged role in the financial collapse. We need to get started solving this problem NOW, actually 10 years before now. I honestly get a little more freaked out everyday about the consequences of what we face.
If the show of unity between Rick Warren and Barack Obama can be the start of a partnership between green evangelicals and environomentalists, I am all for it. All Americans--liberals and conservatives--are going to have to put the social issues on the back burner for a little while and get to work on the important stuff. Human rights won't mean much if civilization itself takes a hit.