Feminist and LGBT Leaders Voice Outrage Over Rick Warren Selection
Feminist and LGBT activists expressed outrage following Wednesday's announcement that Reverend Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor of California's Saddleback Church, will deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 20th.
In a letter to Obama, Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese wrote, "by inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table." Warren strongly supported Proposition 8, writing in an e-mail to his parishioners, "there is no need to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2 percent of our population. This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about." He also compared homosexuality to pedophilia, incest, and polygamy in an interview with Beliefnet.
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, expressed feminist concern saying "America is coming together for the historic Inauguration. Providing a visible ceremonial leadership role to a man who has chosen to use religion to divide rather than unite people is deeply troubling and disappointed." Warren, a prominent opponent of reproductive rights, has referred to legal abortion as a holocaust." He has taken the extreme position that efforts to reduce abortion rates are merely "a charade."
Media Resources: New York Times 12/17/08; Human Rights Campaign 12/17/08; Beliefnet Interview with Rick Warren; Baptist Press 10/27/08; Interview with Eleanor Smeal 12/18/08
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .