President Obama has selected Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.
Warren has, to his credit, pushed Evangelical Christians to attend to global issues such as genocide, global warming and HIV/AIDS. President Obama must govern from the center to achieve his agenda. Inviting Warren is a conciliatory and savvy move, and the President-elect deserves commendation.
However, the fact remains that Warren is a homophobe and a warmonger. He is among the best of what is frankly a bad bunch. Inviting Jim Wallis or Tony Campolo would not have had the same political effect among conservative Evangelicals, but these leaders are far more worthy than Warren.