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Rick Warren's Inaugural Participation Stirs Heated Debate

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Rick Warren's Inaugural Participation Stirs Heated Debate

Rick Warren's Inaugural Participation Stirs Heated Debate

Rick Warren's Inaugural Participation Stirs Heated Debate

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The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Calif., speaks in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative in September. Getty Images hide caption

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President-elect Barack Obama has invited the Rev. Rick Warren to offer the opening prayer at his inauguration. The selection has infuriated pro-choice and gay marriage supporters. Others applaud Obama's outreach to the evangelical community.

Harry Knox, of the Human Rights Campaign, the Rev. Harry Jackson, Jr., a conservative, and the Rev. Yvette Flunder, who is openly gay, debate Warren's participation.