6 thoughts on “On Rick Warren

  1. A., thank you for pointing me towards that very good essay. I watched portions of that TV show, and it was nothing more than a TV show appealing primarily to the evangelicals, and was very uneasy throughout the whole thing. The closer our government snuggles up to any religion the farther we get from where we should be.
    Let’s be frank too, this event was a mega fund raiser to support that mega church. It was one more “government handout” to a church. The pastor of the church was no more qualified to emcee a presidential campaign event than would be a union president. Once more Obama made a bad decision – McCain gets a pass because we all know that all of his decisions are bad, almost by definition.

  2. The pastor of that church could’ve bankrolled the whole event with the pocket change left over from his books sales, too.
    All that BS about they had to charge $$ to cover the costs…

  3. I was right up with him until he said something along the lines of “Imagine what that money could have done diverted to a missionary church.”
    Yeah, that’s 99.9% of the problem, damn evangelical Christians proselytising all over the fucking place.
    So I gotta ask: Who’s going to be the first person to start taking bullets (maybe literally, since apparently we’re into another one of these “kill the different ones” phases — of “isolated incidents” — again) for repeatedly, loudly, and openly saying that the US needsless religion in public life, not more? A secular polity isn’t that hard to do; countries around the world do just fine that way. Some countries even have — gasp — lots ofatheists in public office. The world hasn’t ended yet…then again, we’re not the ones who keep hoping the worldwill end.

  4. I was right up with him until he said something along the lines of “Imagine what that money could have done diverted to a missionary church.”
    Yeah, that’s 99.9% of the problem, damn evangelical Christians proselytising all over the fucking place.

    Actually, what I said was “mission-oriented church.” As in one devoted to serving the poor (the “kingdom of heaven” model exemplified in the parable of the sheep and the goats Obama mentioned), not a “Missionary” church.
    I’m a great supporter of the former, not so much interested in the latter.

  5. Knowing the questions that are coming out about the so-called Cone of Silence, who else wonders if the whole “lapse” of confidentiality was a setup?
    Don’t even need to break the cone of silence. Just submit the questions to McCain in advance.

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