NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday on Rick Warren: The Purpose-Driven Pastor
NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, January 18, features a story about President Elect Barack Obama’s choice to deliver his inaugural invocation, Rick Warren.
“Warren hasn’t budged an inch on abortion or homosexuality. He quietly supported California’s Proposition 8, which barred gay marriage. Later, he drove the point home in an interview with Steve Waldman of theWall Street Journal and Beliefnet.com.
“I’m opposed to having a brother and sister being together and calling it a marriage,” Warren said. “I’m opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that a marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that a marriage.”
“Do you think that’s equivalent to gays having marriage?” Waldman interjected.
“Oh, I do,” Warren said.
President-elect Obama’s invitation to Warren to deliver the invocation at his inaugural set off an outcry from gay rights activists. Obama defended Warren, saying both men believe in conversation with those who disagree with them. Likewise, many conservatives have criticized Warren for his association with the liberal Democrat.”