As our mind explodes trying to figure out why Barack Obama would even invite Rick Warren to Inauguration Day, the homophobic pastor wants the gay community to know that he loves you! Yes, the same man that compared two men or two women getting married to incest and pedophilia announced has a special place in his heart for you — probably he same place he has reserved for serial killers, terrorists, and rapists.
Speaking to a crowd of 500 at the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s annual conference yesterday, the AP reports he said he loves Mulsims, “gays and straights,” and that “it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to agree on everything all the time. … You don’t have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand.”
Warren also defended President-elect Barack Obama’s invitation that he give the invocation at the Jan. 20 inauguration in the keynote speech he delivered at the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s annual convention in Long Beach.
Obama’s choice of Warren earlier this week sparked outcry from gay rights and other liberal groups, who said choosing such an outspoken opponent of gay marriage was tantamount to endorsing bigotry.
“Three years ago I took enormous heat for inviting Barack Obama to my church because some of his views don’t agree (with mine),” he said. “Now he’s invited me.”
“During the course of the entire inaugural festivities, there are going to be a wide range of viewpoints that are presented. And that’s how it should be, because that’s what America’s about. That’s part of the magic of this country … we are diverse and noisy and opinionated,” Obama said.
Toward the end of his speech on Saturday, Warren also talked about singer Melissa Etheridge, who performed earlier in the evening. Warren said the two had a “wonderful conversation” and that he is a huge fan who has all her albums.
The openly lesbian gay rights activist even agreed to sign her Christmas album for him, he said.
Although Warren has said that he has nothing personally against gays, he has condemned same-sex marriage.
“I have many gay friends. I’ve eaten dinner in gay homes. No church has probably done more for people with AIDS than Saddleback Church,” he said in a recent interview with BeliefNet. But later in the interview, he compared the “redefinition of marriage” to include gay marriage to legitimizing incest, child abuse, and polygamy.
Really, Warren? You have gay friends? If you’re out there, fellow homos, and you consider yourself close with the pastor, please let us know. We want to make sure your friendship with Obama’s BBF (best bigot friend) is counted.
N.B.: Among those first to get on their feet and cheer on Warren was lesbian singer-songwriter Ethridge.