We told you so
Daily Kos: Was there some reason the transition team couldn't find someone who wasn't a homophobe?.....What a spit in the eye to the GBLT community in particular, and to anyone who supports equality, dignity and justice under the law.
Americablog: Barack Obama just said to LGBT Americans that we're not part of that event. Thanks.....Maybe we're expendable now. Obama's brain trust has decided he needs new friends. So have fun with Rick Warren. If he's there on January 20th, I won't be. And, unlike Rick Warren, I actually worked hard to get Obama elected. It's weird and disturbing. I'd expect George Bush to have a homophobe on the stage. But Obama? That's not the kind of change I expected, and it's not change I can believe in.
The Impolitic: I've been willing to swallow a lot of distaste for some of Obama's choices in the transition phase, but this is really going too far.....I get that Obama wants to reach out to the opposition and all that, but this really is a slap in the face to all the sane Christians who supported him. Not to mention, the progressives and those in the gay and lesbian community.
Liardogfake: President-elect Obama chose eliminationist hate preacher Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama's Inaguration. With this choice, Obama sends three destructive messages. Number one: In Obama's America, equal rights and reproductive freedom aren't for everyone. Number two: President-elect Obama likes sharing the national stage with hate. Number three: While Obama enjoys his equality before the law, LGBT Americans can go to Hell. Literally. Gee. Is this change we can believe in? Does Obama's America include GLBT's, along with the fundamentalists who want to take away their rights?
And even the arch-cultist Andrew Sullivan: Rick Warren will give the invocation at Obama's inauguration. Warren is a man who believes my marriage removes his freedom of speech and cannot say that authorizing torture is a moral failing. Shrewd politics, but if anyone is under any illusion that Obama is interested in advancing gay equality, they should probably sober up now.
More here, here, here, here, and at many other places, doubtless with much more to come -- quite a number of the most hard-core cultists haven't posted anything about this yet. Inevitably, there are those who try to justify this or explain it away, usually as an example of Obama's "inclusiveness" and "reaching out" (if a white liberal President-elect had chosen a KKK preacher for such a role, in an effort to be "inclusive" of anti-black bigots and opponents of interracial marriage, the very same people who are offering these pathetic rationalizations would quite rightly be going apeshit over it). But Rick Warren isn't going to be the last wake-up call.
We told you so. Yes, we have every right to say it. We spent most of this year warning you about Obama. You stuck your fingers in your ears and refused to listen. Well, at this point that's no longer an option. You are going to keep on and on getting your noses rubbed in exactly what you did when you abandoned the tried-and-true known quantity (and prospective first woman President at that) for a charismatic enigma. And I'm going to be there every step of the way, telling you each time: We told you so. Vote in haste, repent at leisure.