It appears after having taken an anti-gay stance, and catching heat for it from the “other side”, “America’s Pastor” Rick Warren, was slated to be on George Stephanopoulos’ show and cancelled his appearance.  John Aravois of AmericaBLOG, isn’t buying the reason for the cancellation:

At the very last minute, with no warning, he canceled on Stephanopoulos, on Easter Sunday no less, due to “exhaustion.” Hmm… Stephanopoulos didn’t sound convinced. Nor am I. It’s Easter Sunday. Warren was going to be on ABC’s This Week, doing his schtick as “America’s Pastor.” This was a big opportunity for him, on the biggest Christian day of the year (at least in my church, Easter is bigger than Christmas). And suddenly he cancels.

According to John, maybe Warren thought he was going to get grilled over a Washington (aka Moonie) Times article where his fellow peers are pissed off at his backing down from his previously anti-gay bigoted stance:

Proponents of the proposition had gathered from earlier comments that Mr. Warren stood with them on the issue, and they reacted vigorously to his CNN interview.

“I was extremely troubled by the way he appeared to be so anxious to distance himself from the same-sex issue and to make clear he was not an ‘activist’ and that he’d only addressed the issue in a very minor way,” said the Rev. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, said his denial is “absolutely baffling.”

“Whether he supports Proposition 8 now, after the fact, is overshadowed by the bizarre claim that he did not say what the evidence so clearly proves he said.”

You might be LGBT or straight; you certainly are biologically related to someone from the LGBT community.  You may be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or agnostic-atheist.  Whatever your beliefs and feelings may be about the rights of gays to be treated as equal; the same way POC are STILL fighting for their equal rights; the main point of this piece is this;

STAND FOR SOMETHING OR FALL FOR ANYTHING.  The one thing I respect about fundamentalists – right or wrong; they don’t back down from their position.  It may cost them money, prestiege, power – but if having those things goes against their beliefs or values; no matter how unpopular it is to take such a stand, they take it, knowing what the cost is.

Rick Warren is nothing more than an opportunist.  In trying to become “America’s Pastor”, Rev. Warren is trying to have it both ways; anti-gay when it suits him, and now, backing off because he’s trying to go National.  You cannot come out strongly against gays, by comparing them to incestuous relationships and whatnot – then back off by saying YOU had nothing to do with making sure Proposition 8 passed in California – same thing for the Church of Latter Day Saints – when it became known that powerful churches, instead of teaching about Jesus’ love, they were playing GOD by donating enough money to raise the GNP in many third-World countries, to defeat a proposition that basically does not impact their way of life – well, that smells more like opportunists trying to obatin political power and saying they’re doing it “in love” and for the love of Jesus Christ.

Pastors like Rick Warren are the reason many people give the Church the side eye.  Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I like Your Christ – I do not know about your ‘Christians'”.  The fact that his own bretheren are grilling him about this “flip-flop” is more than enough payback for the attempt to sandbag Mr. Obama at that lil’ “debate” where Senator Country Last sure as hell violated that “cone of silence” and tried to cheat.

Watches these types of meltdowns makes me hungry. I’ll take my popcorn with butter, please.

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