Pastor Notes Controversy Over Inaugural Prayer

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) - The Rev. Rick Warren says some plans
that had to be changed this year include President-elect "Barack
Obama's plan for a non-controversial inauguration."

The pastor of California's Saddleback Church made only passing
mention in his Sunday sermon of the controversy over Obama inviting
him to pray at his inaugural ceremony.

But in a Saturday evening speech to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Warren said he loves people of other religions, Republicans and Democrats, and "gays and straights."

Gay activists object to him delivering Obama's invocation because Warren opposes gay marriage. But at Warren's church last summer, Obama said he also opposed gay marriage.

The evangelical pastor told his congregation Sunday that he knew he was having a bad day this past week when he heard someone on talk radio screaming "that he wants Rick Warren dead."

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