Gene Robinson on Rick Warren pick: a slap in the face

Updated with the Rev. Susan Russell's Open Letter to Barack Obama:

Rick Warren is a not only a vocal opponent of LGBT equality who does not believe in evolution, he has compared abortion to the Holocaust and backed the assassination of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His views are far outside the religious mainstream and his credentials are steeped in an “Old Time Religion” of narrow exclusionism that ill prepares us for the challenges of the 21st century.


From The New York Times:

V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, whose consecration caused a painful divide in his church because he is openly gay, said that when he heard about the selection of Mr. Warren, “it was like a slap in the face.”

Bishop Robinson had been an early public endorser of Mr. Obama’s candidacy, and said he had helped serve as a liaison between the campaign and the gay community. He said he had called officials who work for Mr. Obama to share his dismay, and been told that Mr. Obama was trying to reach out to conservatives and give everybody a seat at the table.

“I’m all for Rick Warren being at the table,” Bishop Robinson said, “but we’re not talking about a discussion, we’re talking about putting someone up front and center at what will be the most watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.”

Robinson joins Bishop John Chane of Washington among Episcopal Church leaders who have criticized President-elect Brack Obama's choice. Warren is an ally of high profile African archbishops who are trying to break up the Episcopal Church and claim its property. An Episcopal church, Washington National Cathedral, is hosting Obama's inaugural prayer service.

Comments (6)

"And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.” - Bp. Robinson

Really? What a statement!

And another good one: "asking his blessing on the nation." Actually, Pastor Warren will be asking for God's blessing, and the last time I checked, God didn't have any prerequisites for coming to God in prayer.

It does sadden me that this choice has hurt others. However, I think that this is about Obama schooling Warren rather than Warren having spiritual authority here.

I also think that Warren's association with schismatic Anglicans is... not that tight. He has a relationship, especially, with the Anglican church in Rwanda. Aside from speaking at a conference, all his presence reveals that they are much more like protestant evangelicals than Anglicans.

John Wilkins

Look Rick Warren has a message of exclusionism that America needs to hear. Degenerate baby boomer culture has repackaged religion in a new shrink wrap that reaffirms their own degenerate lifestyles in the eyes of God. Its a con job. The hippie love as God's love message is a biblical distortion meant to sanctify the degeneration of culture itself under the watch of baby boomers.

>>His views are far outside the religious mainstream and his credentials are steeped in an “Old Time Religion” of narrow exclusionism that ill prepares us for the challenges of the 21st century.

Clearly liberal leaners and gays want to rewrite the bible to patently affirm the vulgar, materialistic and sexually promiscuous society that has evolved in the last 30 years. Furthermore, how does his stance on evolution make him less of a candidate to speak?

For a country that professes tolerance, it is anything but. And it will be a fight to the finish.

The gospel states clearly that people do have to discriminate. Love that causes growth is sometimes painful. Using the gospel to make the case for political correctness and multiculturalism is wrong, and the Episcopal church is deeply involved in this.

Chane's message, if it were to reflect her hippie love message, should support Mr. Warren speaking. I love the way how we humans - no matter whose in power, always soil ourselves.

I wish more people would write open letters to Rick Warren than to Obama. I'm one of the first allies to step up and tell my story of a family member whose husband turned out to be lots of things I dare not say in polite company. After he left her, she met a wonderful woman who has been the partner who loves, cherishes and honors her and our family more than her husband ever did. and that's a story i want to tell rick warren, and i want him to tell me why that is wrong in god's eyes. Obama is trying harder than his predecessor ever did to govern from the center, and while this is a misstep, we can do more by directly addressing warren (and "CCing" our president elect) than in damning our president elect for falling short in our eyes.

Sheesh.

And John, I'll be the first to agree with you about how much certain people annoy me with their blinders to the problems of promiscuity and materialism, but trust me, the GLBT people I know have an amazing capacity for faithful love that has been more of a model for healthy marriage than that of my parents and many other "hetero" relationships that I have seen gone sour.

Clearly liberal leaners and gays want to rewrite the bible to patently affirm the vulgar, materialistic and sexually promiscuous society that has evolved in the last 30 years. John

What in the world are you writing about? Vulgar, materialistic and sexually promiscuous sounds like one of the aledged CONSERVATIVE Evangelical Crusaders (fallen) who, somehow, continue be aligned with the Republican ¨grab it/exploit it while you can¨
mess...but then, heck, everyday WAS Christmas for them!

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