Warren clarifies

A roundup of stories and posts on the fallout from Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation:

Rick Warren's latest: Clarification?

One day you have soon-to-give-the-inaugural-invocation pastor Rick Warren, clear as a bell, telling Beliefnet founder editor Steve Waldman that gay marriage is morally the same as incest.

Now, after Warren gets excoriated from all sides for his views, voila, he's back with a video of his own. In it, Warren blames the media (honestly, doesn't that ever get old?) for falsely presenting him, saying that he just doesn't want gay people to use the word "marriage." Warren says he loves everyone "regardless of the choices they make."

Waldman on Rick Warren's New Clarification Video
In his December 22 video Warren had an opportunity to do something quite straightforward and healing: clarify, take responsibility and, ideally, apologize. He did clarify but did not, in my view, take responsibility. He could have simply said, "it came out in a way I didn't mean and I apologize for those who I hurt because of that." It wouldn't have required him to back off his position on gay marriage one iota. Instead, he blamed the media and misremembered or mischaracterized what he'd said.

On the other hand, what's most important is that he did make it clear that he doesn't believe gay relationships are the moral equivalent of incest etc. That idea should now be put to rest.

Rick Warren loves gays, and more
A Saddleback spokesman, Larry Ross, tells me [Michael Paulson of the Boston Globe] that a controversial Q&A on the church's web site, which suggested that gays were welcome to worship but not as members at Saddleback "has not been permanently removed as alleged in some media reports, but rather is being repurposed for clarity.''
As for Obama, in what may or may not be a reaction to the Warren controversy U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the only openly lesbian member of Congress, has been named an honorary co-chairwoman of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Read the story here.

Comments (2)

Do you remember when Bishop Catherine Roskam made headlines during the Lambeth Conference? Here's the headline from the July 31 Times: "US female bishop Catherine Roskam: male prelates 'beat up wives'." I doubt that fairly presented her views. So it is possible that Warren has a legitimate beef with the way he is presented in the media. FWIW.

Laura Toepfer

I would take anything that Rick Warren says or does with a sufficient dose of salt. This man is often speaking from both sides of his mouth. A quick Google of the topic leads one to various posts regarding his opportunity earlier this year to encounter sexual minority folks and their families when the Soulforce sponsored project The American Family Outing visited the Saddleback Church on US Father's Day weekend.

Mr. Warren himself refused to meet with the families, but graciously had "other Saddleback folks" meet with them for him. When he received public criticism on the blogs of more conservative conservatives regarding letting these sinners anywhere near his church, he triumphantly pointed out that they did not meet with either him or his wife. I came away from his remarks feeling that his comeback to the criticism was that the sinners did not meet with anyone of any importance from his church.

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