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  • Warren Waver On Prop 8 Stuns Leaders: Stance About-Face At Issue

    04/10/2009 10:05:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 1,241+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2009
    Warren waver on Prop 8 stuns leaders Stance about-face at issue By Julia Duin April 11, 2009 Evangelical leaders say they are bewildered and stunned by the Rev. Rick Warren's apparent turnaround on gay marriage after the famous California pastor said earlier this week that he was not a proponent of California's Proposition 8. Mr. Warren told CNN's Larry King on Monday that he "never once even gave an endorsement" of the proposition, which said marriage in the state could only involve one man and one woman. The measure won at the polls last November by a close margin, in...
  • [Rick] Warren waver on Prop 8 stuns leaders [lukewarm]

    04/10/2009 8:09:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 2,230+ views
    Stance about-face at issue. BY JULIA DUIN Evangelical leaders say they are bewildered and stunned by the Rev. Rick Warren's apparent turnaround on gay marriage after the famous California pastor said earlier this week that he was not a proponent of California's Proposition 8. Mr. Warren told CNN's Larry King on Monday that he "never once even gave an endorsement" of the proposition, which said marriage in the state could only involve one man and one woman. The measure won at the polls last November by a close margin, in effect negating an earlier California Supreme Court ruling allowing gay...
  • Warren's 'backsliding' on homo marriage hurts church, Evangelical "pastor" apologizes on Larry King

    04/09/2009 12:59:34 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 80 replies · 2,210+ views
    onenewsnow.com ^ | 4/9/9 | Jim Brown
    A Washington, DC, pastor and outspoken opponent of same-sex "marriage" says California mega-church pastor Rick Warren has done "tremendous damage" by apologizing for his support last fall of California's marriage protection amendment. Rick Warren said Monday on CNN's Larry King Live that he has "never been and never will be" an "anti-gay marriage activist," and made a point to inform the program's host that he apologized to his homosexual friends for comments he made in October to his church in support of Proposition 8 in California. Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., with the High Impact Leadership Coalition says he was very...
  • America's wishy-washy pastors

    04/08/2009 5:42:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies · 676+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 4/8/2009 | Joseph Farah
    America achieved its independence and freedom in the 18th century in large part because colonial pastors stood up for biblical principles, preached them, lived them and refused to back down from them – even in the face of death. The American War of Independence has been accurately called a "pulpit revolution" for this reason. It was inspired by great men of God who recognized evil and called it by its right name. What a difference two centuries, combined with affluence and the corporatization of the 501(c)3 church culture has made.
  • Rick Warren Disavows Support for Prop. 8

    04/08/2009 3:21:28 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 56 replies · 2,142+ views
    Onenewsnow.com ^ | April 8, 2009 | Jim Brown
    California mega-church pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren says he apologized to his homosexual friends for making comments in support of California's Proposition 8, and now claims he "never once even gave an endorsement" of the marriage amendment. Pastor Rick WarrenMonday night on CNN's Larry King Live, Pastor Rick Warren apologized for his support of Prop. 8, California's voter-approved marriage protection amendment, saying he has "never been and never will be" an "anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist." "During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never...
  • Rick Warren Backpedals on Gay Marriage Bill

    04/08/2009 11:23:48 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 122 replies · 4,371+ views
    The Voice Magazine ^ | April 8, 2009 | Jennifer LeClaire
    As the gay marriage movement begins to gain momentum, Pastor Rick Warren, best known for his best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life, is apologizing to the gay community for making comments supporting California’s Proposition 8. During a Monday on Larry King Live, the mega-church pastor claims he “never once even gave an endorsement” of the marriage amendment only to later state that he regretted supporting it. Proposition 8 protects the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, thereby eliminating same-sex couple’s right to marry. Although Warren publicly spoke out in support of Proposition 8 just weeks before...
  • Pastor Rick Warren: "I Am Not An Anti-Gay Marriage Activist" (Video)

    In his first interview since Inauguration Day, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren tells Larry King that is a misconception that he is an "Anti-Gay Marriage Activist". He adds that he never took a stance on California's Prop 8 Same-Sex Marriage debate and he doesn't concern himself with things like Iowa's recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
  • Saddleback Church's Warren calls on believers to make history

    03/27/2009 12:20:55 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 30 replies · 913+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 3-26-2009 | ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    Saddleback Church's Warren calls on believers to make history Church expects to bring 3,000 new believers into its flock Saturday. LAKE FOREST – In what Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren calls historical, the church hopes to bring 3,000 new members into its flock on Saturday. "I'm not sleeping much. I'm too excited," the megachurch's pastor wrote in an e-mail to his congregation this week. "THIS SATURDAY, March 28, will be THE GREATEST DAY in Saddleback's history. OVER 2,000 people have already signed up to become members of our church family on a single day." Citing the Bible, Warren challenges prospective...
  • O.C. churches struggle to weather economic woes [Orange County, CA]

    02/27/2009 12:35:17 PM PST · by TheDon · 21 replies · 717+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 27, 2009 | DEEPA BHARATH AND SARAH TULLY
    When Capistrano Valley Church saw its donations dwindling over the last year, the church's pastor Heather Clark took some drastic steps. First, she asked the landlord for a 20 percent rent reduction and got it. Secondly, the church's staff took a 10 percent pay cut. They switched from newsletters and paper bulletins to e-mail communication. The church, which recently changed its name to Center for Spiritual Living, is not alone in its battle for survival. Clark said the 425-strong church experienced a 20 percent decline in donations over the last year. That is more or less consistent with most Orange...
  • Pastor Rick Warren headlines L.A.'s Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

    02/15/2009 10:01:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 439+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/15/09 | Margot Roosevelt
    Evangelical minister Rick Warren brought a message of unity and civility to some 1,400 people who attended the city's annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, avoiding mention of his opposition to gay marriage and abortion. Warren, pastor of Orange County's Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling "The Purpose Driven Life," acknowledged that "sometimes I'm a little controversial." But as in his recent invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration, he preached on the universal themes of God's love and service to the poor. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was less circumspect, acknowledging his support of gay marriage and "a woman's right to...
  • Survey: 1 in 2 Americans Familiar with Rick Warren

    02/01/2009 9:28:33 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 16 replies · 837+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Feb. 01 2009 | Eric Young
    Despite his role in President Obama’s inauguration and the attention he received in the weeks leading into it, megachurch pastor Rick Warren is known to only about half of Americans, according to a recent survey. World renowned evangelist Billy Graham, meanwhile, remains the most well known among the nation’s high profile televangelists and megachurch leaders, with 88 percent claiming that they were familiar with him, according to HCD Research. The results of the survey, conducted Jan. 27-28, were released a little more than a week after Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest, Calif., delivered the invocation at...
  • Most Underrated Part of Inauguration

    01/26/2009 11:42:00 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 27 replies · 1,079+ views
    WORLD NET DAILY ^ | 1-26-09 | CHUCK NORRIS
    Pre-inaugural chatter speculated what each of the ministers would say. Would the Rev. Rick Warren use the opportunity to pray against the maladies of abortion or homosexuality? Would he end his prayer in the nonpolitically correct and exclusive "in Jesus' name"? Would the Rev. Joseph Lowery resurrect a civil right spirit in his ecumenical prayer? Would he slide in a pro-gay comment within the final entreaty of the inauguration? (SNIP) ... just when you think the "amen" is imminent, Warren gives a coup de grace to any political or earthly power – a possible subversive chess move to subtly call...
  • Rick Warren: America's Dwight Schrute

    01/22/2009 6:10:53 PM PST · by Gondring · 15 replies · 1,030+ views
    Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture ^ | January 21st, 2009 | Aaron D. Wolf
    In an hilarious episode of NBC’s The Office, Dunder-Mifflin übertwerp Dwight Schrute unwittingly adapts the words of several speeches by Benito Mussolini and Karl Marx in order to appear impressive at a conference for salesmen. “Blood alone moves the wheels of history!” he cries, and by the time he gets to Il Duce’s “It is a privilege to fight!” the equally witless conference audience is chanting along with him. “Salesmen of the world, unite!” Explaining a joke tends to make it unfunny, but it might be helpful here. We, the viewers, laugh, because we know that Dwight’s adaptation is a...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Prays ‘In Jesus Name’ and Then Some (Oh The Humanity!)

    01/21/2009 4:22:10 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 17 replies · 1,507+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/20/09 | Lauren Green "Religon Correspondent"
    Pastor Rick Warren’s invocation was probably the most Christian prayer delivered in recent inaugural history. Not only did he pray in Jesus name, but he then recited “The Lord’s Prayer”, the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. The one thing this certainly shows is that Pastor Warren does not shrink from conflict or controversy. He had been blasted by liberals over his rejection of gay marriage and support for California’s Proposition 8. And President Barack Obama was heavily criticized for asking Warren to give the invocation. Pastor Warren declined all interviews before the inauguration saying there were too many requests...
  • A Christian Clergyman ‘Horrified’ by ‘Aggressively Christian’ Prayers?

    01/19/2009 7:34:53 PM PST · by pillut48 · 31 replies · 898+ views
    FOX News Religion Correspondent ^ | January 18th, 2009 1:00 AM Eastern | Lauren Green
    The inauguration invocation is the high profile event for a member of the clergy. It’s only been around since 1937, but it’s grounded in a rich, religious history that’s helped shaped this country. At President-elect Barak Obama’s inauguration, Pastor Rick Warren will have the honors. Pastor Warren is the senior minister of Saddleback Church in Southern California and the uber-bestselling author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” Liberals objected to Warren because of his conservative views, specifically his support of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California. What some see as a move to placate the gay...
  • The inauguration of Barack Obama will be a secular hajj for America's collective redemption

    01/19/2009 1:24:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 812+ views
    Buzzle ^ | January 16, 2009 | Ali Eteraz
    Barack Obama's inauguration promises to be one of the most important civic events in American history. Millions will make their way to the National Mall. More than 10,000 buses will be chartered. At a website called Inauguration or Bust, people anywhere in the country can find locals to travel with. At the site, the contingent from Savannah, Georgia, refers to its trip as a "pilgrimage". That word, most often associated with religious fervor, is appropriate here. The inauguration buzz is reminiscent of the excitement I have encountered in Muslim countries in the days preceding the hajj. The theological comparison isn't...
  • Barack Obama, Rick Warren joining forces again for the greater good

    01/18/2009 8:13:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies · 958+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 1/18/2009 | Elizabeth Hovde
    Inauguration Day is almost here, and many people are anxiously awaiting the moment Rick Warren takes the stage to pray for our new leader and the country. I am crossing my fingers for a gracious response to Warren. He's that evangelical guy the president-elect asked to give the inaugural invocation. (Warren also happens to be a crusader against the AIDS epidemic, a thoughtful thinker on current issues and a man who has consistently shared his own platform with people who oppose him ideologically, including Barack Obama.) After Warren was invited, Obama took some heat. His first heat, really. (Ronald Reagan...
  • Huge police presence at Saddleback Church today

    01/18/2009 1:54:54 PM PST · by SoCal Pubbie · 58 replies · 2,032+ views
    Self | 1/18/2009 | Self
    I don't often post vanities but since this is an eyewitness account I thought I'd go ahead. On my way to In-N-Out in Foothill Ranch a little while ago I noticed a HUGE police presence at Saddleback Church today. One or two squad cars at each entrance, more cars patrolling Portola Parkway and El Toro Road, a mobile command post, equestrian units, and a dozen or more motorcycle units. I'd say at least 20 to 30 police in all. Maybe more as I was not on the campus itself and there may have been others closer to the services. There...
  • Warren Applauds Obama's Invitation to Gay Bishop

    01/16/2009 9:10:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 856+ views
    ChristianityToday ^ | January 13, 2009
    <p>January 13, 2009 Warren Applauds Obama's Invitation to Gay Bishop Sarah Pulliam Rick Warren complimented Barack Obama's invitation to openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to pray at the inaugural kick off event on Sunday.</p> <p>“President-elect Obama has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground,"</p>
  • Saddleback Pastor Offers Spiritual Refuge for Displaced Anglicans

    01/14/2009 8:15:10 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 35 replies · 608+ views
    virtueonline ^ | January 12, 2009 | David Virtue
    By David W. Virtue www.virtueonline.org 1/12/2009 In September 2008, Saddleback pastor and author Dr. Rick Warren wrote to VOL with a proposition. He would make his church available to any Anglican parish wanting to flee the Episcopal Church because of its non-biblical stand on faith and morals. VOL was delighted to accept the challenge and wrote to Bishop John Guernsey of the Anglican Province of Uganda who oversees some 51 parishes in the U.S. and told him about the offer. Bishop Guernsey wrote back saying he would notify a number of churches that might someday be in need of Saddleback's...
  • AGs: Keep God in Obama's inauguration

    01/09/2009 9:51:58 AM PST · by jasonmyos · 55 replies · 2,670+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 1/9/2009
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-All of the nation's state attorneys general have signed onto a brief to include references to God in President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration this month. Authored by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the amicus brief was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the case of atheist Michael Newdow v. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Newdow, a Sacramento physician, seeks to eliminate prayer from the ceremony and prevent Obama from being able to say "so help me God" in the presidential oath of office.
  • Shame on You, Rick Warren [...Reasons to boot the huckster... from the inauguration

    01/08/2009 10:02:55 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 33 replies · 1,035+ views
    Slate ^ | 29 Dec 08 | Christopher Hitchens
    can absolutely see what Warren hoped to get out of this sordid little trip, the evidence of which he vainly tried to conceal when it threatened to become embarrassing. He wanted to be on video for his open-mouthed followers as he posed "on the road to Damascus." And he didn't care what deals he had to make, with Baath and Toothbrush Central Command, in order to bring off such a fundraising coup. But now it's the sandals of Obama that are being exploited by the same tub-thumper, and one has not merely a right but a duty to object to...
  • Rick Warren is no Billy Graham

    01/05/2009 4:54:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies · 1,393+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2009 | Star Parker
    Last August I wrote a column critical of Rick Warren's decision to host a presidential candidate forum at his Saddleback Church. My reasoning then was that America's crisis is moral ambiguity. I argued that Pastor Warren would only contribute to this ambiguity by hosting candidates with opposing views on issues such as abortion and homosexuality and presenting himself as a neutral moderator. Only Barack Obama would gain, I felt, being showcased as an acceptable candidate by one of the nation's best known evangelical pastors. If John McCain had wanted to clarify his social conservative credentials, he didn't need to go...
  • Rev Peterson Debates Atheist on Fox and Friends Re: Inauguration

    01/01/2009 2:10:45 PM PST · by abigail2 · 36 replies · 1,101+ views
    January 1, 2009 Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson will appear as a guest on "FOX & Friends" tomorrow, Friday, at 6 a.m. EST / 3 a.m. PST. Rev. Peterson will debate an atheist on whether Pastor Rick Warren should invoke the name of Jesus during his invocation at president-elect Obama's inauguration. "FOX & Friends" airs on The FOX News Channel, M-F, 6 a.m. EST / 3 a.m. PST.
  • Warren's inauguration prayer could draw more ire

    12/30/2008 5:16:29 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies · 895+ views
    AP (via Yahoo) ^ | 12/30/08 | RACHEL ZOLL
    President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation drew one kind of protest. Whether the evangelical pastor offers the prayer in the name of Jesus may draw another. At George W. Bush's 2001 swearing-in, the Revs. Franklin Graham and Kirbyjon Caldwell were criticized for invoking Christ. The distinctly Christian reference at a national civic event offended some, and even prompted a lawsuit. Warren did not answer directly when asked whether he would dedicate his prayer to Jesus. In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Warren would say only that, "I'm a Christian pastor so I...
  • Madison-based group sues over inaugural prayer

    12/30/2008 11:02:27 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies · 711+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 12/30/08 | AP
    A group advocating separation of church and state is suing to keep prayer out of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and several of its members are among the 29 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit seeks to block the Presidential Inaugural Committee from including prayers in the official inauguration. It says clergy have not led prayers at inaugurations for most of the nation's history.
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-28-08 (DUmmies blast away in the War On Warren!)

    12/28/2008 4:42:55 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 62 replies · 1,324+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 28, 2008 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    What's the biggest issue facing America these days? The economy? The mortgage crisis? The Iran threat? Iraq? Afghanistan? The War On Terror? You might think it would be one of these, but . . . you would be wrong, at least according to the DUmmies. No, the biggest issue--the biggest CRISIS--facing our fair land is that President-Elect Obama has invited Rick Warren to deliver an invocation at his inauguration. THIS MEANS WAR--THE WAR ON WARREN!!! The homos and the heteros in DUmmieland are having a pissing contest (well, not literally--although some might enjoy that) to see who can be...
  • An Evangelical Bridge Too Far

    12/28/2008 5:12:42 AM PST · by rhema · 26 replies · 1,335+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 28, 2008 | David R. Stokes
    The recent furor over President-Elect Barack Obama’s selection of California mega-church pastor Rick Warren to pray at the January 20th inauguration yields a few clues about what evangelicals can expect during the next four years. On the surface, playing the Warren card appears to be a masterstroke by Obama – one that further demonstrates impressive political skills. A day or so after the election, I was asked by someone about what Mr. Obama would do to prepare for his administration. I replied that I thought he would demonstrate significant savvy by – at least for the time being – ignoring...
  • AOL Hot Seat Poll: Obama’s Associations

    12/27/2008 11:31:38 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies · 790+ views
    hotair.com ^ | December 27, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Piggybacking off of yesterday’s post about the hypocrisy from the Left on Barack Obama’s ministerial affiliations with Rick Warren and Jeremiah Wright, this AOL Hot Seat Poll asks the question directly. It also gives respondents an opportunity to say that both or neither bother them.
  • You’re Likable Enough, Gay People

    12/27/2008 6:33:57 PM PST · by nobama08 · 30 replies · 1,052+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | December 27, 2008 | Frank Rich
    As we saw during primary season, our president-elect is not free of his own brand of hubris and arrogance, and sometimes it comes before a fall: “You’re likable enough, Hillary” was the prelude to his defeat in New Hampshire. He has hit this same note again by assigning the invocation at his inauguration to the Rev. Rick Warren, the Orange County, Calif., megachurch preacher who has likened committed gay relationships to incest, polygamy and “an older guy marrying a child.” Bestowing this honor on Warren was a conscious — and glib — decision by Obama to spend political capital. It...
  • Defending Rick Warren

    12/26/2008 4:25:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 596+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Barack Obama's decision to have Pastor Rick Warren deliver the invocation at his inauguration next month has provoked anguish among some of his formerly ardent supporters. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, upbraided the president-elect according to The Politico. "Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans. (W)e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination." Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen accused Obama of condoning a man...
  • Melissa Etheridge's 'Wife' Tammy Lynn Thinks Rick Warren Loves Gays

    12/26/2008 12:30:36 PM PST · by lewisglad · 30 replies · 1,690+ views
    Metro Weekly Magazine ^ | By JD Uyon December 26, 2008 9:08 AM | JD Uyon
    Etheridge's wife, Tammy Lynn, thinks Rick Warren 'LOVES gays' By JD Uyon December 26, 2008 9:08 AM rick is not a televangelist. rick is not falwell. rick spoke of some "stupid" things he's said (his word, not mine), some missquotes that were given, and lots of ammunition from the media. all excellent points. (we're all war-minded right now, you know. it's easy for the media to distract us by throwing us into our own verbal wars here at home.) ) what to do, what to do.... the rest of the public is given an animation of rick warren... and then...
  • Defending Rick Warren

    12/26/2008 9:18:49 AM PST · by dbz77 · 24 replies · 552+ views
    TownHall ^ | December 26, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Barack Obama's decision to have Pastor Rick Warren deliver the invocation at his inauguration next month has provoked anguish among some of his formerly ardent supporters. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, upbraided the president-elect according to The Politico. "Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans. (W)e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination." Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen accused Obama of condoning a man...
  • 'Today' Christmas Gift: Lauer's Apolitical Chat With Rick Warren

    12/25/2008 5:12:20 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies · 597+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When during its first half-hour this Christmas morning "Today" moved to a conversation between Matt Lauer and Pastor Rick Warren, I braced myself. Don't tell me, I thought, they're going to get into the invitation Pres.-elect Obama extended him to give the invocation at the Inauguration, and the reaction of some gay-rights groups. Well, surprise! They didn't: not in word or implication. Warren appeared strictly in his role as pastor, and the conversation focused exclusively on the meaning of the day. The video clip is of the portion of the conversation in which Warren describes the origin and practice of...
  • Gay-rights leaders' enthusiasm for Obama subsides

    12/24/2008 9:39:06 AM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 10 replies · 703+ views
    Gay-rights activists remain hopeful about the Obama presidency but are now more wary after what one called a "double punch to the gut" — the choice of a pastor they consider hostile for a prime inauguration role and dashed hopes for the first openly gay Cabinet member. Enthusiasm among gays over Barack Obama's election has deflated rapidly in the days since his inaugural organizers announced that the invocation would be delivered by the Rev. Rick Warren, a prominent pastor who backed a recent ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in his home state of California. The Warren announcement coincided with the...
  • Re: Warren Invitation

    12/24/2008 3:35:10 PM PST · by dbz77 · 7 replies · 576+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | December 24, 2008 | Ruben Rueda
    Re "Warren invitation" (Letters, Dec. 23): I am getting tired of hearing gays and left-leaning Democrats refer to anyone who opposes gay marriage as being "homophobic" or even "bigoted." I voted yes on Proposition 8 because I believe marriage is a bond between one man and one woman. For the sake of my children and their children's future I will do everything I can to protect the institution of marriage and family for them. That doesn't make me a bigot or homophobic. That makes me an American exercising my right to vote. Having the Rev. Rick Warren give the inaugural...
  • The Politics of Prayer

    12/24/2008 4:47:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Toenhall.com ^ | December 24, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    These days everything is political, or can be made so; even an inaugural prayer. That isn't exactly correct. The inaugural prayer in question is not the Rev. Joseph Lowery's benediction, but Rick Warren's invocation. Lowery favors same-sex "marriage" and Warren does not. Homosexual activist groups and individuals such as Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) are angry, upset and hurt (and probably many other things, too) that Barack Obama would invite Warren to pray at the inaugural. Warren openly supported California's Proposition 8, which voters approved. The measure changed the state constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples. Obama, so far, has...
  • Rick Warren Reaches Out to A Holy Land Foundation Co-Conspirator

    When Pastor Rick Warren’s “Global Peace Coalition” presented President Bush with the International Medal of Peace recently, one of the groups invited to attend the ceremony was the Islamic Society of North America—one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding trial: ISNA ATTENDS SADDLEBACK CHURCH CIVIL FORUM ON GLOBAL HEALTH. This event took place after the convictions of the Holy Land Foundation defendants.
  • Obama and peeved progressives

    12/24/2008 3:14:16 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 6 replies · 733+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/24/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    CAN YOU HEAR the grumbling over in what Howard Dean used to call "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party?" The tolerance-and-diversity crowd is upset with Barack Obama; it seems the president-elect has been bringing people into his circle who don't agree with them on every single issue. The consternation on the left began with the naming of Obama's national security team - Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Robert Gates to continue as secretary of defense, and retired four-star General James Jones as national security adviser. "Barack Obama's Kettle of Hawks," they were promptly dubbed in the Guardian by...
  • Shuster's Shock: Rev. Lowery Opposed to Gay Marriage, Too!

    12/23/2008 5:43:41 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies · 940+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Given some of the reactions to an item I wrote yesterday about Barney Frank's objections to Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration, let me state for the record that I lean libertarian on marriage. On the one hand, I don't like courts substituting their judgment for legislatures or the will of the people. But in the long run, I think it might be better for government to recognize that marriage is a religious or spiritual institution, and confine its role to enforcing agreements between partners. That said, I can't help but chuckle at the way the MSM is...
  • Rick Warren Removes 'Gays Not Accepted' Sign from Church Website

    12/23/2008 10:29:59 AM PST · by lewisglad · 179 replies · 4,273+ views
    Gawker.com ^ | 7:25 AM on Tue Dec 23 2008 | By Ryan Tate,
    Tis the season of empty gestures! Inaugural pastor Rick Warren rewrote his website so it no longer says gays are poison to his congregation. In fact a whole long lecture about gays was deleted. Here's the old content, via AmericaBlog, via Dave Winer, where Warren explains why gays can't join his church: This was from a website section called "Small Group Questions About Saddleback Church." The above is part of an answer to the question "What does the Bible say about homosexuality?" Also part of the answer, in the original, was a description of homosexuality as "an enormous sin" and...
  • Pope says humanity needs 'saving' from homosexuality (Hello Barney Franks,can you hear me now ?)

    12/23/2008 9:23:47 AM PST · by IrishMike · 59 replies · 1,502+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 23 Dec 2008 | Nick Allen
    The Pope has said that "saving" humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforests. Pope Benedict XVI sparked a furious reaction from other Christian groups as he also suggested that a blurring of the distinction between male and female could lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race. The pontiff was delivering his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff and his words were later released to the media. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that, while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are. It opposes gay marriage and, in October, one leading Vatican official described...
  • Rick Warren's Biggest Critics: Other Evangelicals

    12/23/2008 8:18:09 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 36 replies · 807+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Dec. 22, 2008 | Rachel Zoll
    Rick Warren is in a place he never expected to be: at the center of a culture war. The pastor chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to give the inaugural invocation backed Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in his home state of California. But he did so belatedly, with none of the enthusiasm he brings to fighting AIDS and illiteracy. When other conservative Christians held stadium rallies and raised tens of millions of dollars for the ballot effort, there was no sign of Warren. Neither he nor his wife, Kay, donated any of their considerable fortune to the campaign, according...
  • Richard Cohen: [Rick]Warren On? [Inauguration]Party Off.

    12/23/2008 7:32:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 1,294+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2008 | Richard Cohen
    Not that he was planning to attend, but Barack Obama should know that my sister's inauguration night party -- the one for which she was preparing Obama Punch -- has been canceled. The notice went out over the weekend, by e-mail and word of mouth, that Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation had simply ruined the party. Warren is anti-gay, and my sister, not to put too fine a point on it, is not. She's gay. She is -- or was -- a committed Obama supporter. On the weekend before the presidential election, my sister and...
  • Jon Carroll { The purpose-driven bigot }

    12/23/2008 7:01:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 1,163+ views
    Here's a lovely quote you may wish to put in your scrapbook: "For 5,000 years, every culture and every religion - not just Christianity - has defined marriage as a contract between men and women. There is no reason to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2 percent of our population. This is one issue that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Both Barack Obama and John McCain have publicly opposed the redefinition of marriage to include so-called 'gay marriage.' Even some gay leaders, like Al Rantel of KABC, oppose watering down the definition of marriage....
  • Intolerance 2009

    12/23/2008 6:54:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 604+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/23/8 | Debra J. Saunders
    Gay civil rights groups - the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - are calling on President-elect Barack Obama to yank his invitation to Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural prayer on Jan. 20. They demand tolerance from others, but won't spare any for those with whom they disagree. Unless, of course, that person is Obama, who, like Warren, opposes same-sex marriage. Then, they get real ecumenical. Not to mention, very forgetful."I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian - for...
  • Debra J. Saunders: Free the Saddleback One

    12/22/2008 9:18:43 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 1,008+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2008 | Debra J. Saunders
    Gay civil rights groups -- the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force -- are calling on President-elect Barack Obama to yank his invitation to Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural prayer on Jan. 20. They demand tolerance from others, but won't spare any for those with whom they disagree. Unless of course, that person is Obama, who, like Warren, opposes same-sex marriage. Then they get real ecumenical. Not to mention, very forgetful.
  • Obama Refuses to Buckle Under Pressure From Gay Activists

    12/22/2008 4:09:01 PM PST · by tcg · 27 replies · 1,061+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/23/08 | Deal W. Hudson, Ph.D.
    In defending his choice of Warren, Obama went further than arguing for inclusion: He argued for civility. "We can disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans." Who can argue with that? Too bad it is only the political right that gets tagged by the media for bad manners. The president-elect may have to rap some liberal knuckles to convince them he really wants a better public tone from everyone. Many have called Obama's choice of Warren "shrewd." That may be, or perhaps Obama means what he says. We will see....
  • An open letter to Rick Warren - WND

    12/22/2008 4:14:07 PM PST · by Fred · 64 replies · 6,194+ views
    WND ^ | 122208 | Joseph Farah
    I'm writing to share my profound and abject revulsion at your agreement to offer the invocation at the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as president Jan. 20. I understand you want this to be a time of "healing" for our nation. I understand you consider Obama to be your "friend." I understand your desire to bring "civility" to our society. However, when we read the Bible, we see there are times for men of God to stand up to leaders, like Nathan did to King David, and confront them with the absolute truth of God's word and His laws. That's...
  • Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

    12/22/2008 2:10:23 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 2 replies · 241+ views
    THE RADIO PATRIOT ^ | Dec. 22, 2008 | Andrea Shea King
    Tonight at 9 ET on The Andrea Shea King Show on Blog Talk Radio What's YOUR opinion? Should Pastor Rick Warren have accepted the invitation from Obama to offer the inaugural invocation? Pastor Rick Warren might be a man filled with spiritual wisdom, but in this case, he's made a huge miscalculation and a serious mistake. Under fire for opposing gay marriage, the influential evangelical pastor defended his decision to accept President-elect Barack Obama's invitation to give the invocation at the Jan. 20 inauguration. In a keynote speech he delivered at the Muslim Public Affairs Council's annual convention in...