Rev. Joseph Lowery, The Anti-Warren
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, civil rights hero and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is giving the benediction at the inauguration of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. This wonderful selection is being obscured by the controversy surrounding the selection of Rick Warren, the prominent megachurch pastor who holds controversial positions ranging from war and torture to anti-gay marriage and abortion, to give the invocation.
Rev. Lowery is sort of an anti-Warren, actually. Warren threw his considerable church resources into ensuring the passage of Proposition 8, the California anti-gay ballot initiative that took away the civil right of gay people to marry. Lowery, by contrast, has courageously supported gay marriage. In 2004, Rev. Lowery told ABC News he supported same sex marriage. "When you talk about the law discriminating, the law granting a privilege here, and a right here and denying it there, that's a civil rights issue. And I can't take that away from anybody."
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#1 Dec 29, 2008
If anyone is interested in reading a comparison of Rev. Lowery and Pastor Warren, there is one here: http://quasisuspectclass.wordpress.com/
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