As if Rick Warren weren’t a big enough deal. Back in August, he was able to bring both Barack Obama and John McCain to his Saddleback Chuch to answer questions. Now Obama has chosen Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration on January 20. “Even though Warren and Obama disagree on the life issue, they do see eye to eye on many social justice issues,” writes the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. “This move is also classic Obama because it is a signal to religious conservatives that he’s willing to bring in both sides to the faith discussion in this country.” The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder notes that an encounter with Warren and other pastors helped convince Obama that he could run for president.
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