Friday, December 19, 2008

In fact, a lot of Episcopalians should have problems with Rick the Warmonger

Rick Warren has publicly supported Archbishops Peter Akinola and Henry Orombi, of the Anglican provinces of Nigeria and Uganda respectively, in their efforts to fracture the Anglican Communion. Both are notorious homophobes. Orombi has made several outrageous statements about gay people detailed in Episcopal Cafe's article. Warren publicly supported Orombi's decision to boycott the Lambeth Conference.

It is very disappointing that it's still OK to associate with folks who compare gay people to pedophiles, as Rick did in an interview with Beliefnet.

Oh , I do. For 5,000 years, marriage has been defined by every single culture and every single religion - this is not a Christian issue. Buddhist, Muslims, Jews - historically, marriage is a man and a woman. And the reason I supported Proposition 8, is really a free speech issue. Because first the court overrode the will of the people, but second there were all kinds of threats that if that did not pass then any pastor could be considered doing hate speech if he shared his views that he didn't think homosexuality was the most natural way for relationships, and that would be hate speech. We should have freedom of speech, ok? And you should be able to have freedom of speech to make your position and I should be able to have freedom of speech to make my position, and can't we do this in a civil way.

Most people know I have many gay friends. I've eaten dinner in gay homes. No church has probably done more for people with AIDS than Saddleback Church. Kay and I have given millions of dollars out of Purpose Driven Life helping people who got AIDS through gay relationships. So they can't accuse me of homophobia. I just don't believe in the redefinition of marriage.

Jeremiah Wright's harsh words stem from a desire to see his country follow God's law. Rick the Warmonger's words show he is in denial about his homophobia (plus he's a warmonger). It would be better to pick Jerry to do the invocation.

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