Rick Warren routinely claims to not be a part of the Evangelical Right when speaking to secular elitists at the New York Times, but he’s playing both sides of the fence. Warren has gone on record calming that he’s “firmly a cultural conservative.” He also believes opposing abortion, gay rights, stem cell research, human cloning, and euthanasia are “non-negotiable” and “not even debatable” for people of values. He called the Terry Schiavo debacle “an atrocity worthy of Nazism” and according to ABC news, compared gay intimacy to sex with a horse. Prior to the 2004 election, Warren set-up voter registration booths on Saddleback’s church patio. Most tellingly, he sent letters to 150,000 pastors insisting they encourage their congregations to vote for Bush.
In light of the passing of Proposition 8–an issue Obama has yet to show leadership on–choosing Warren for the invocation is a slap in the face to homosexuals and Obama’s liberal base. As PFAW points out, Warren has “compared marriage by loving and committed same-sex couples to incest and pedophilia.” Sorry Rick, giving donuts to Prop 8 protestors doesn’t make your positions any more palatable.
Read it all at the Huffington Post.