A wrong choice for Obama to be a major figure in his inauguration, but also wrong in general.
I know that Obama’s big deal is supposedly inclusiveness – to include all in his cabinet and the decision making, even those who may disagree with him. Well OK, including some people who may disagree with you, and who won’t be afraid to stand up to you, can be a good thing. We could have done with some of that over the past eight years. But having someone who disagrees with you is one thing. It is OK to disagree at times. What is not OK is to include someone who is just plain wrong.
Warren is wrong on so many things. Many people have pointed out that he is wrong on Proposition 8, and everything to do with the treatment of gay people. But then Obama has also said he’s against gay people being allowed to marry, so perhaps Obama agrees with Warren on this topic, on some level at least. So it’s not this thing that surprises me so much about this pick. It disappoints me considerably, but it doesn’t totally surprise me. What I do find incomprehensible though, for a President-Elect who has promised to reinstate the importance of science in his administration, is that he will give so much prominence to an evolution denier.
For example, this is Warren during a debate with Sam Harris:
If you're asking me do I believe in evolution, the answer is no, I don't. I believe that God, at a moment, created man. I do believe Genesis is literal, but I do also know metaphorical terms are used. Did God come down and blow in man's nose? If you believe in God, you don't have a problem accepting miracles. So if God wants to do it that way, it's fine with me.
Warren’s ignorance of science most likely informs his other positions on gay rights, stem cell research and women's rights. Such a man should not have any place in Obama’s inauguration. Inclusiveness is OK, wrong is just wrong at any time.