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Rick Warren to Headline MLK Observance in Atlanta

The Rev. Rick Warren, whose selection to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama

Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren delivers a speech during the 8th Annual Convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Long Beach, California on Saturday Dec. 20, 2008. Under fire for opposing gay marriage, influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Saturday that he loves Muslims, people of other religions, Republicans and Democrats, and he also loves "gays and straights." (AP Photo/Hector Mata)

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Rick Warren, whose selection to deliver
the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration has
angered gay activists, will be in the pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist
Church in Atlanta to deliver the keynote address at the Martin
Luther King Jr. commemorative service.

The Jan. 19 service at King's former church on the federal holiday marking what would have been his 80th birthday comes the day before the inauguration ceremony in Washington.

King Center President Isaac Newton Farris Jr. said holiday organizers tapped Warren to speak at the service for his "unifying spirit" and commitment to his conservative faith, which is part of the concept of the "beloved community" embraced by King.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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