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Reference material about Rick Warren and Saddleback Church


Beliefnet interview:
  • Original video location | YouTube copy
  • Transcript of gay-related section | Full transcript

    [...] The issue to me, I’m not opposed to that as much as I’m opposed to redefinition of a 5,000 year definition of marriage. I’m opposed to having a brother and sister being together and calling that marriage. I’m opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage.

    Do you think those are equivalent to gays getting married?

    Oh , I do. [...]

Use of "homosexual" on Saddleback web sites:

Celebrate Recovery program and homosexuals:
Branches of Celebrate Recovery mention homosexuality in terms of a treatable addiction using uniform text from Saddleback (see subheading "Same Sex Attraction").

Explicit use of ministry to influence voters against citizens:
  • Noted on saddlebackfamily.com:

    How can we determine our vote in light of a Christian perspective before we enter the voting booth? In order to prepare myself to be a purpose-driven citizen, a useful acronym came to mind: V-O-T-E. [...] Pastor Rick recently reminded of the five key issues important to Christian voters this year:  (1)Abortion, (2) Stem cell research from embryos, (3) Homosexual marriage, (4) Human cloning, and (5) Euthanasia.

Misleading "connection" between AIDS relief and homosexual tolerance:
  • Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star, Dec. 29, 2008 notes that AIDS work is in Africa and is unrelated to domestic issues:

    “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,” referring to his megachurch and the many efforts it has made to aid HIV suffers in Africa.

    How is that different from saying, “I have a few black friends, but I still believe in segregation“?

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