I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. As many others have said, the fundamental problem with involving Rick Warren in the inauguration isn’t because of his anti-progressive, homophobic beliefs per se — it’s because under the pretense of having a Big Tent, Obama has accepted someone who very actively campaigned to make a Smaller Tent (in the case of Proposition 8).
Obama knows this now and he knew it before he selected Warren. Jane Hamsher sums up the phenomenon nicely at the end of this piece on CNN:
[Obama] very much knew that it was going to happen, and that’s why I think it’s a very cynical move … This patten is arising, where Obama does things to actively anger the left, and then when leftists do get upset, the right gets happy, and then he tries to avoid the cannon fire. But I think it is the move of a very cynical politician.