Obama’s Pal, Rick Warren, Tries to “Cure” Gay People

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It just keeps getting worse.

Most people probably don’t know this, but Warren’s Saddleback Church has a Friday night program called Celebrate Recovery. On the whole the program is modeled after the twelve steps, albeit with an evangelical supplement to it. There are subgroups in the program that cater to men with “addictions” to pornography, recovery alcoholics, and women with codependency issues. There is also a group for those who struggle with “same sex attraction”, the discourse of which is directly borrowed from the ex-gay movement. I know this, of course, because I was involved with the group in Spring of 2007.

Does President-elect Barack Obama agree with Rick Warren, that being gay is an illness that you can “recover” from through attending a 12-Step Program akin to Alcoholic Annonymous? Does President-elect Barack Obama plan on using Federal dollars to fund such faith-based programs as the one practiced at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church?

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10 Responses to Obama’s Pal, Rick Warren, Tries to “Cure” Gay People

  1. R.J. says:

    Obama will serve one term in office. I guarantee it.

  2. kellybelle says:

    R.J. noooo…it took eight years to get to this mess.

    I guarantee you none of these misguided Christians really believe you can convert Gays. Churches are full of women desperate to get married, but do you see them lining up to get engaged to Exodus grads? Hell no, because, deep down, they know a person is born Gay.

    The real issue is bigotry, plain and simple.

  3. Leota2 says:

    Okay, Rick Warren is putrid. But come on– you cannot possibly believe Obama thinks that way!
    And what Federal money on faith based
    anything?! That kind of faith based social services failed monumentally during Bush’s regime.

    As progressives we have a tendency to throw ANY good Dems do out the window because of one act
    of stupidity. It’s our nature. That’s why we have had only one democratic president in twenty seven years. In the end we make monumental judgements and dismiss the bigger picture.

    Rick Warren is not a cabinet minister. Obama is putting openly gay people on his cabinet. That is what counts. Fuck Rick Warren and his stupid benediction. Hell, I’m an atheist and could give a damn what any of these creepy religious toe rags say. If Obama starts anti gay legislation then you can let him have it. And he would deserve it. And I’ll be the first one to vote for someone else next time.

    It’s funny. As a black woman I feel the pull of ownership rising over this president. He’s fucked no matter what. Progressives will pillar him and right wing nuts will pillar him. The religious shit needs to be over though. We’d all do better not to
    ever have to deal with any of it.

  4. Estacada says:

    Well done, Obama! Let’s see now.

    1. you’ve managed to anger the gays for inviting Rick Warren to give the invocation
    2. you’ve managed to anger the evangelicals who are suspicious of Rick Warren’s ‘New Age” beliefs
    3. you’ve managed to anger the Blacks who in turn blame the gays
    4. you’ve managed to alienate the progressives for inviting Rick Warren to give the invocation
    5. you’ve managed to anger pro-choice women because Rick Warren is pro-life
    6. you’ve managed to anger the Jews because Rick Warren praised Syria

    After the past 8 years of upheaval, I was actually naive enough to think we might have some peace and cooperation.

  5. Bruce says:

    Obama’s choice of Warren was for his own political benefit. Or so he thought. He assumed that by honoring Warren, then Warren and the religious right would not go after Obama during his administration. Problem is, Obama didn’t really expect the huge backlash from both the left and right on his choice of Warren. The right is still going to go after Obama, and now the left is weary and mistrustful of him on civil rights. How he can say he’s a “fierce advocate” for equality for gays and lesbians is beyond me. He’s now backed himself into a corner and is going to have to prove those words are more than just rhetoric.

  6. S.B. says:

    I don’t get it… why wouldn’t they want to be cured?

  7. Prairiedog says:

    So Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church is just like Sarah Palin’s Wasilla Church.

    Both promise to offer programs to “cure” gays of their sexual orientation.

    Fascinating. So, these churches presuppose there is anything wrong with being gay in the first place.

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  10. ronald says:

    I look forward to the day science does find a cure for us.

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