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Rick Warren is an insulting choice
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Rick Warren is an insulting choice

Preacher Rick Warren's views are simply too extreme for Obama's supporters.
By Katha Pollitt
December 22, 2008


To understand how angry and disappointed many Democrats are that Barack Obama has invited evangelical preacher Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural, imagine if a President-elect John McCain had offered this unique honor to the Rev. Al Sharpton -- or the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. I know, it's hard to picture: John McCain would never do that in a million years. Republicans respect their base even when, as in McCain's case, it doesn't really return the favor.

Only Democrats, it seems, reward their most loyal supporters -- feminists, gays, liberals, opponents of the war, members of the reality-based community -- by elbowing them aside to embrace their opponents instead.

Most Americans who've heard of Warren know him as the teddy-bearish, Hawaiian-shirted head of the Saddleback megachurch in Orange County and the author of "The Purpose Driven Life." Perhaps they also know he's the rare right-wing Christian pastor who sometimes talks about poverty and global warming and HIV. His concern for those issues has given him a reputation as a moderate and has made him the darling of Democratic Party think tanks, ever hoping to break the Republican lock on the white evangelical vote.

But on the signal issues of the religious right he is, as he himself has said, as orthodox as James Dobson.

And as inflammatory. Warren doesn't just oppose gay marriage, he's compared it to incest and pedophilia. He doesn't just want to ban abortion, he's compared women who terminate pregnancies to Nazis and the pro-choice position to Holocaust denial. (Hmmm ... If a fertilized egg is as precious as a born Jewish human being, does that mean a born Jewish human being is only as valuable as a fertilized egg?)


Speaking of Jews, Warren has publicly stated his belief that they will burn in hell, presumably along with everyone else who hasn't accepted his particular brand of Christianity (i.e., the vast majority of people in the world). And forget about evolution -- the existence of homosexuals, he's argued, disproves Darwin. And while we may not know how old the Earth is, the Saddleback website assures us that dinosaurs and humans coexisted.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-pollitt22-200...
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  -Rick Warren is an insulting choice IndianaGreen  Dec-23-08 10:00 PM   #0 
  - Well said. nt  MookieWilson   Dec-23-08 10:05 PM   #1 
  - K&R...  Hepburn   Dec-23-08 10:07 PM   #2 
  - Another person who never bothered actually reading up on Obama's philosophy.  GarbagemanLB   Dec-23-08 10:09 PM   #3 
  - Perhaps you should have enlightened us, rather than pawn him as the next Messiah.  IndianaGreen   Dec-23-08 10:13 PM   #5 
  - Messiah? Nah. I'm agnostic.  GarbagemanLB   Dec-23-08 10:13 PM   #7 
  - You really get off on this, don't you?  Bluebear   Dec-23-08 10:13 PM   #6 
     - Yes, it is sort of overwhelming having every other fucking thread on DU be about Warren.  GarbagemanLB   Dec-23-08 10:14 PM   #8 
        - Easy solution: Have Obama dump Warren!  IndianaGreen   Dec-23-08 10:18 PM   #9 
        - You certainly do post on every one of them. And always pro-Warren.  Bluebear   Dec-23-08 10:19 PM   #10 
        - Are you going to call me a bigot-supporter now? Or how about 'bigot-enabler'?  GarbagemanLB   Dec-23-08 10:21 PM   #12 
        - Well, it's only 1,211 active threads in GD and GD:P ... so far.  TahitiNut   Dec-23-08 10:30 PM   #13 
           - And FIFTEEN PEOPLE showed up at Saddleback for the big protest last weekend.  cliffordu   Dec-23-08 11:58 PM   #15 
  - Ugh. The more I learn about Warren, the more disgusted I become  Lorien   Dec-23-08 10:12 PM   #4 
  - I suppose Obama wants to reach out to wife abusers  IndianaGreen   Dec-23-08 10:19 PM   #11 
  - Warren is a jackass. No doubt about it.  AtomicKitten   Dec-23-08 11:16 PM   #14 
  - well said  swampg8r   Dec-24-08 12:23 AM   #16 
  - Yes, it was an insulting choice.  TexasObserver   Dec-24-08 02:25 AM   #17 
 

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