I have not yet weighed in on the Rick Warren/Barack Obama Presidential Inauguration controversy. I wanted to hear a bit more of what Pastor Rick Warren had to say. But now that I have watched his interview with Ann Curry on Dateline NBC, I too must say, "WRONG CHOICE, BARACK!"
Rick Warren is just another pastor preying on the fears and misfortunes of the people to make his "cause" grow. Feel good, don't fear:
Ann Curry: Recently he's been offering encouragement on an issue that's on Americans minds this Christmas season— the economic crisis.
Rick Warren: 365 times in the Bible is a phrase used: "Fear not."
Ann Curry: How can people not be afraid, reverend?
Rick Warren: It takes me back to the first Christmas. Mary and Joseph had these exact same problems. They didn't have housing. There was no room at the inn. They had travel problems. It was financially a tough time. They weren't wealthy. They were poor.
Ann Curry: It's a lesson Warren's been teaching on the true meaning of the holiday, and he's turned it into a new book, "The Purpose of Christmas."
Rick Warren has it wrong on being gay, and opposes gay marriage:
Ann Curry: If science finds that this is biological, indisputably, not something that can be explained in any other way except that people are born to be gay, would you change your position?
Rick Warren: The reason why is because it doesn't matter to me. If it's biological, we'll be glad to know. We all have biological predispositions. Some people struggle with anger. And other people say, "I don't struggle with anger, but I sure struggle with fear." Some people say, "Oh, I don't struggle with this. I struggle with being shy."
Ann Curry: You're saying if it's part of your biology, it's your job to struggle against it if, in fact, it's the wrong--
Then, the part that really disturbs me:
Rick Warren: Well, here what I'm saying. I've had many gay friends tell me, "Well, Rick, why shouldn't I have multiple sexual partners? It's the natural thing to do." Well, just because it seems natural doesn't mean it's best for you or society. I'm naturally inclined to have sex with every beautiful woman I see. But that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. And why should I reign in my natural impulses and you say, "Well, because I have natural impulses towards the same sex, I shouldn't have to reign them in." Well, I disagree. I think that's part of maturity. I think it's part of delayed gratification. I think it's part of character.
Rick Warren: God said in Genesis 1, a man and woman should cling to each other for life. Now I'm in favor of human rights for everybody...everybody. I'm against redefining marriage historically 5,000 years... because then it'll be re-defined. What if it's between a brother and a sister?
Pastor Warren, NOT EVERY GAY MAN OR WOMAN has multiple sexual partners! It's as you said, no different than any straight man (or woman) wanting sex with alot of different people. What does one have to do with the other? What does wanting multiple sexual partners have to do with wanting to dedicate your life to one single person through MARRIAGE? Pastor Warren equates being gay with being promiscuous! NOT TRUE, Pastor!
I have said it before, I'll say it again, and I'll probably say it another few hundred times: Marriage has already be changed and redefined throughout history.
Barack Obama: DO NOT LET RICK WARREN GIVE THAT INVOCATION!