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.