Warren may be, as The Task Force warns, an outspoken opponent of reproductive choice and stem-cell research, and that should concern us, but he has never equated marriage between same-sex couples with incest and pedophilia. In this video, posted on the Saddleback Web site on Dec. I never have.
Orange County megachurch pastor Rick Warren issued an open letter to Ugandan church leaders denying allegations that he is in support of Uganda's proposed bill to criminalize homosexuality. The proposed bill includes a potential death sentence. Warren had drawn criticism for not issuing a public statement opposing the law earlier and for perceived ties to supporters of the bill.
The following is the controversial portion of the interview with Rick Warren focused on gay marriage, civil unions and divorce. The divorce statistics are quite bandied around. People say half the marriages end in divorce.
It says that Warren disavowed support of Proposition 8. Obama had been a friend to the gay community and there was an outcry that he asked an evangelical pastor who had endorsed Proposition 8 on the November ballot in California, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. One of the criticisms in an article from Baptist Press was that during the King interview Warren denied ever giving an endorsement to Proposition 8.
In his inaugural invocation Tuesday, evangelical Pastor Rick Warren delivered a message of unity that pleased some of his most vocal critics in the gay and lesbian community. The choice of Warren to deliver the invocation generated controversy from the start -- triggering protests by civil rights groups angered by his support of Proposition 8, the California measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state. When Warren rose to speak Tuesday, a murmur rumbled through parts of the crowd, according to several people who attended the inauguration.
Last week, President elect Obama picked megachurch preacher Rick Warren to give his inaugural invocation. These rows have a certain Christmas silly-season vibe. Nonetheless, they bring into focus the sometimes slippery beliefs of more modern church leaders.
Photo: Reuters. In a statement to his congregation in Orange County, Calif. But on social media all weekend, many critics of the influential religious leader postulated their own theories about what may have driven the young man to suicide.
Inwe completely severed contact with Mr. Ssempa when we learned that his views and actions were in serious conflict with our own. This is an important step for Warren, as he was an early supporter of Ssempawho no doubt receives a great deal of perceived legitimacy from Christians in Uganda through that connection.
About protesters waved rainbow flags Sunday and voiced their displeasure at Warren for his opposition to gay marriage and at President-elect Barack Obama for choosing him to give the invocation at Tuesday's ceremony. John Einsohn, one of the protest's organizers, tells the Orange County Register that Warren "preaches intolerance while pretending to be a friend of the gay community. Warren did not deliver a sermon Sunday at Saddleback Church, and his chief of staff declined to comment.
Pastor Rick Warren, the best-known name in American evangelism after Rev. Billy Graham, lost his year-old son, Matthew, to suicide this week. Uncounted strangers have joined the 20, congregants who worship at the megachurch network "Pastor Rick" built in Southern California, Warren's nearly 1 million Twitter followers and hundreds of thousands of Facebook followers in flooding social media with consolation and prayer. But a shocking number are taking this moment of media attention to lash out at Warren on the digital tom-toms.