Rick Warren Attacks Critics as “Christophobes”

Friday, December 26, 2008

President-elect Obama’s spiritual adviser, Rick Warren, has decided to keep the controversy surrounding his role in the inaugural festivities alive by labeling his critics “Christophobes.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow got it right when she commented, “Not only it is getting worse, it’s getting weirder.”

In a bizarre 22 minute rant to his congregation and posted on his website last Sunday, Warren first denied ever “equating gay partnership with incest and pedophilia.” Maddow quickly disproved Warren’s denial with a clip of him saying precisely that. Warren then went on to attack his critics for their “false accusations, attacks, outright lies, and hateful slander, and really a lot of hate speech.”

“It’s what I would call ‘Christophobia.'” Warren concluded. “People who are afraid of any Christian.”

Ah, wrong again, Pastor Warren. I’m not afraid of Christians and I am not a  “Christophobe.” However, I vehemently reject religious extremists who label my 17 relationship with my male partner as akin to incest and pedophilia.

You really have to wonder at this point who is the bigger idiot? Rick Warren for flaming the embers of controversy by engaging in namecalling or Barack Obama for inviting Warren to perform the inaugural invocation?

Either way, President-elect Obama has himself a new pastor problem and this one makes Jeremiah Wright look like Mr. Rogers by comparison.

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28 Responses to Rick Warren Attacks Critics as “Christophobes”

  1. retahyajyajav says:

    Good morning. I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas.

    This blog entry really got me thinking. I never for one second bought the nonsense about reaching out to people we don’t agree with. This lame kumbaya crap doesn’t ring true.

    If I didn’t know better, I might thing Rick Warren has something on Obama and contrary to what we’re hearing from the president-elect, it isn’t Obama who is calling the shots but Warren.

  2. DMason says:

    Why can’t Obama just fess up and say he made a mistake? Adults, or I should say, healthy adults, admit mistakes all the time. Instead, Obama would prefer all this negativity before he’s even been sworn into office. I don’t get it.

  3. Rachel says:

    How mature. Rick Warren is calling his critics names and in the process, is calling into question Obama’s judgment for asking him to be a part of the inaugural. I’m through with both of them. Obama and Warren deserve one another.

  4. Estacada says:

    There is no, let me repeat, NO, upside to Obama asking this moron to give the invocation.

    Unless you think insulting a core constituency who played a pivotal role in helping you get elected is seen by the Obama transition team as “upside.”

    I have lost a lot of respect for our president-elect as a result of Rick Warren.

  5. Joaquin says:

    It’s patently pathetic when a rightwinger like Rick Warren tries to play the victim card.

    It’s as silly as a white teenage boy tries to “talk black” or when a wealthy celebrity like Madonna adopts a faux British accent.

  6. R.J. says:

    Right wingers always play the victim card. That’s how they roll when someone stands up to them.

    Warren and Obama are both stupid, and as far as I’m concerned the honeymoon is already over. Time to get ready for ’12.

  7. taco says:

    Right wingers always play the victim card. That’s how they roll when someone stands up to them.

    Ka-Ching! We have a winner!

    How many times have we seen this before? Why do politicians think they can engage the religious right and not pay a price?

  8. joe says:

    Whatever happened to the simpler days when Billy Graham was the presumptive President’s spiritual advisor????
    I miss Billy Graham.

  9. joe says:

    He was pretty hot in his younger days, too.
    (Billy, not Rick. Not ever)

  10. Big Hank says:

    The Rick Warren story will only die if the gay community and the netroots decide to give Obama a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

    From my perspective, Obama has a lot of fence mending to do in order to make this up to his supporters.

  11. MacDaddy says:

    All this seems so unneccessary. Obama could selected a rabbi, a more progressive evangelist
    or someone like John Lewis who, to many in Congress, is like their spiritual role model– much like the late Paul Wellstone of Minnesota.

    Centrist politicians always let you down. Let’s see how Obama tries to maneuver out of this one.

  12. Rick Warren should have never posted that video.

    It did not answer any of the criticism against him.

    I did notice, however, that the guest who was speaking about Rick did not provide any video to substantiate her accusations and did not provide the evidence from the web site to prove her comments about what he teaches.

    Both of those ladies have not done any research because they are attributing some scripture in the Bible as “opinions” of Rick Warren.

    That video only exposes the media’s tactics to slander. At least Rachel showed the clip where he said “oh yes I do” but we don’t see video of what came after that statement and he could have added something else.

    The flap over Rick Warren is blown out of proportion in my view…not saying that there isn’t plenty to criticize about him however.

  13. Joe in Colorado says:

    I’m glad you and Rachel are on this and won’t let it go. The news cycle moves so fast that it is easy for stories like this to be swept away in place of a more important story like how poorly the retailers did or better still, the latest Hollywood divorce. Civil rights just aren’t sexy anymore. Please don’t cut Obama or Rick Warren any slack. They haven’t earned it and they don’t deserve it.

  14. woyoyo says:

    All politicians, once elected, move to the center and try to govern from the middle.

    The exception was George W. Bush. He ran for office from the center and moved quickly to the right.

    Barack Obama ran for office from the left and if Rick Warren is any indication, sprinted to the right as fast as his feet could carry him.

    I think we’ve made a serious mistake, folks. This ain’t going to be pretty.

  15. Brigadoon says:

    Fuck Rick Warren for being a homophobe and Fuck Barack Obama for elevating this fat-ass preacher to national prominence. Who needs them?

  16. stradella says:

    This is such a betrayal. The gay community was with Obama from the beginning and what does he do?

    He slaps you across the face.

    I have this bad feeling this is just the start of the sort of betrayals we’re going to see from Obama in the coming four years.

  17. queerunity says:

    This whole term of “christophobe” is a way to avoid the real issue of phobia, and that is Warren’s homophobia. It is easy to turn the tables and cry in the name of religion but Rick Warren needs to face up to his religion and stand by his beliefs, which are indeed homophobic.

  18. lea-lea says:

    We need to watch Obama like a hawk.

    He promised to repeal DADT, AKA, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Will he get it done, as promised, or will he slither away from the topic basing his inaction on advice from unseen “experts” from the Pentagon?

    I think it’s more to hope that Obama will repeal DOMA, AKA, the ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ because Obama said he’s opposed to same-sex marriage during the campaign so that is his wiggle clause.

    It’s so unfortunate to see his true colors even before he is sworn in, but until and unless he tells Rick Warren his services aren’t needed, I’m afraid I can’t trust him now.

  19. JollyRoger says:

    Ah yes, the “persecuted Christian” meme. Jesusistanis certainly have it down, don’t they? But why wouldn’t they? They do the same thing in their politics; I get called a “hater” and a “mudslinger” because I get tired of seeing the same old lies posted over and over again, which causes me to refer to them as “wingtards.” Never mind that the ‘tards insist that I hate my country, wipe my ass with the flag, spit on soldiers, and seek to install pedophiles in every classroom in America (not to mention making sure that every dope dealer released from prison gets a job as a school bus driver.)

    Bunch of spineless effing crybaby scum, the lot of them.

  20. Jim says:

    Another whining “persecuted” dangerous jerk who thinks he, and only he, is entitled.

  21. Conejo1982 says:

    Let’s see now. Rick Warren partnered with the Mormons to pass Proposition 8 — a piece of shit that takes rights away from Americans but, in his diseased mind, he’s the victim?

    Is Warren certifiably insane?

    These religious extremists and their persecution complex suggests to me they need psychiatric help ASAP.

    Sorry, Ricky, but there’s already been one Christ so get your fat butt off the Cross.

  22. Fran says:

    Beyond total bullshit….. get the hook– Warren needs to have his invite revoked.

  23. Frank says:

    I have friends, liberals like me, who all said at a party the other night that it was ok for Barack Obama to call on Rick Warren to call on God, because Warren supports good causes.

    But there are evangelicals who don’t reject justice in marriage laws; why not call on them?

    My wife and I were astonished at our friends. Of course between us, she and I have three gay and lesbian relatives, two of them in life partnerships. But does one have to be, or be related to, a homosexual to get how much this call feels like a profound betrayal?

  24. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    To answer your question Frank, I’m straight and I have no gay relatives that I know of and I am as angry and disappointed with Obama’s dumbass choice of Rick Warren as the gays are angry and disappointed.

    The thing is, Warren has said some real fucked up stuff about gay people and his relationship with the Mormons and Prop 8, calls into question Warren’s true calling. Is he a religious man or a bigot?

    I think it is the latter.

  25. joe says:

    In the bible are a list of “seven things God hates”. Homosexuality isn’t among them, but lying’s listed twice. Now, from my understanding, denying you said something when it’s proven you have seems to constitute a lie to me…
    Sorry Rick, God hates you. Deal with it.

  26. libhomo says:

    DMason: You have a good point. Obama is showing a Bush like inability to acknowledge a mistake.

  27. Obama has created another media monster here… And I guarantee the day will soon come where Obama will have to distance himself from this loose cannon’s diabolical diatribes…. Just watch.

  28. snave says:

    We who criticize Warren and his ilk aren’t “afraid” of “Christians”, we are merely getting fed up with their bleating about being “persecuted”. How can they be “persecuted” when they probably make up about 3/4 of our country’s population? How can people who control or at least influence much of our nation’s political doings claim they are being discriminated against, that they are being picked on, etc.? Arrrrgh…

    I guess to them, unless they are in total control, they perceive themselves as being under attack. I think they’re pretty delusional. I don’t want to be under the control of people who are delusional to the point that their lives are controlled by superstition and superstitious behavior.

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