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President-elect Barack Obama has caused controversy by choosing Rev. Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural ceremony. I support the choice.

I am one of those people who say: God said it. I believe it. That settles it. I come from the African-American Baptist tradition that takes the word of God as seriously as any Christian group. It is because of this commitment to live according to biblical teaching that I write peace theory, and I believe that if the world would take care of the least among us as God commands that we could forge peace in the world. The ploughshare, not the sword, is the instrument of peacemaking.

It is because of my reading of the Bible that I believe in equal protection under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The golden rule says:" In everything do to others as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). It does not say: "In everything except the homosexual issue

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