Rick Warren: Best Known for Praying for Obama

April 8th, 2013 8:04 AM
Mollie Hemingway at Get Religion is amazed that people would say the most notable, memorable thing evangelical preacher Rick Warren ever did was give the invocation at President Obama's first Inauguration. Warren's son Matthew committed suicide on Saturday. "Not having heard of Warren prior to 2008 means that you had to have been in utero (or high school, or something similar)…

TV Critic: Chelsea Clinton Remains 'Outrageously Unqualified' for Her

December 27th, 2012 12:00 AM
David Zurawik, a TV writer for The Baltimore Sun, slammed "pretend journalist" Chelsea Clinton on The Daily Download for her work on NBC. "I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine," he wrote. "I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss…

CBS to Rick Warren: Just Give Up on Your Opposition to Same-Sex 'Marri

November 27th, 2012 6:20 PM
On Tuesday's CBS This Morning, Norah O'Donnell hounded popular Christian pastor Rick Warren over his support of defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. O'Donnell quoted the second greatest commandment of Christianity - "love thy neighbor as thyself" - to Warren as she asked, "Why do you oppose same-sex marriage?" When the Saddleback Church…

Rick Warren Smacks Down ‘Disingenuous’ Media for ‘Bait and Switc

April 8th, 2012 2:48 PM
When ABC’s Jake Tapper held up Andrew’s Sullivan’s “Forget the Church, Follow Jesus” Newsweek cover story on how, as Tapper described Sullivan’s premise, “American Christianity is in a ‘crisis,’ it’s too focused on politics and policy, too little on spirituality,” Pastor Rick Warren took the opportunity to air “a little…

WaPo's Miller Praises 'Frankness' of Evangelical Pastors About Sex, W

November 10th, 2011 6:26 PM
To Washington Post religion reporter Lisa Miller, evangelical ministers like Rick Warren and Tim Keller should be applauded for their "clinical frankness" about God's design for sexual pleasure within the covenant of marriage in their sermons, books, and even tweets. Now if only they could just get over that silly biblical injunction against homosexuality, Miller lamented in her…

ABC Links American Christians to Anti-Gay Death Penalty in Uganda, Ign

March 15th, 2010 12:43 AM
On ABC last Wednesday, both World News and Nightline featured a report filed by correspondent Dan Harris in which he linked the activities of some American evangelical Christian pastors with anti-gay hatred and attempts by Uganda’s parliament at passing death penalty legislation to punish homosexuals in the African nation. Each of the reports focused on the extreme views of American pastor Scott…

Lisa Miller's Dumb Question About Rick Warren's Prayer

January 21st, 2009 2:15 PM
While she pronounced his prayer as a "good job" for being generally non-offensive and inclusive-sounding, Newsweek's Lisa Miller -- who earlier this month suggested ditching inaugural prayers altogether -- was nagged by the "lingering question" that "remains" from the way evangelical pastor Rick Warren closed his inauguration ceremony invocation in the name of Jesus:…

USA Today's Faith & Reason 'Sticking a Fork in the Eye' of Religious C

January 12th, 2009 10:56 AM
USA Today's religion reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman apparently has little use for Christian ministers who believe the Bible's teachings on sexual ethics. Apparently already annoyed with evangelical pastor Rick Warren's stance on California's Proposition 8, Grossman took the California preacher to task for a letter offering use of  his Saddleback Church to conservative Anglicans who have left the…

'Today' Christmas Gift: Lauer's Apolitical Chat With Rick Warren

December 25th, 2008 8:11 AM
When during its first half-hour this Christmas morning "Today" moved to a conversation between Matt Lauer and Pastor Rick Warren, I braced myself.  Don't tell me, I thought, they're going to get into the invitation Pres.-elect Obama extended him to give the invocation at the Inauguration, and the reaction of some gay-rights groups. Well, surprise!  They didn't: not in word or…

Scarborough: Don't Read EJ Dionne, You Know He Supports Obama

December 24th, 2008 12:36 PM
Conservatives still licking their wounds over the results of the November elections finally have something to cheer about: you don't have to read Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne's articles anymore because you know he's supporting Barack Obama.So deliciously said MSNBC's Joe Scarborough to Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart on Tuesday's "Morning Joe" with the latter actually…

Whoops! Shuster Discovers Rev. Lowery Doesn't Support Gay Marriage

December 23rd, 2008 8:38 PM
Given some of the reactions to an item I wrote yesterday about Barney Frank's objections to Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration, let me state for the record that I lean libertarian on marriage.  On the one hand, I don't like courts substituting their judgment for legislatures or the will of the people.  But in the long run, I think it might be better for government to recognize…

Does Frank Find Incest More Objectionable Than Pedophilia

December 22nd, 2008 5:27 PM
Does Barney Frank think incest is worse than pedophilia?  The question arises because, chatting with Andrea Mitchell this afternoon, here's how Frank reiterated his opposition to Barack Obama having granted Rick Warren the honor of pronouncing the invocation at the inauguration.  BARNEY FRANK: I think Rick Warren's comments comparing same-sex relationships to incest is deeply offensive, wildly…

Eleanor Clift: Wright Had 'Prophetic Theology', Rick Warren 'Extremely

December 22nd, 2008 4:17 PM
Rev. Jeremiah Wright was a voice crying in the wilderness that the mainstream media and middle class America weren't quite ready for and megachurch pastor Rick Warren is an ignorant evangelical rube who isn't totally without hope, given his awareness of AIDS and other favored liberal causes. That's essentially what Eleanor Clift preached to her choir in her December 19 "Capitol Letter"…

Time: Obama Is An Anti-Gay Rights Bigot

December 21st, 2008 3:47 PM