Rick Warren: Being gay is like “punching a guy in the nose” or “arsenic”

Via Raw Story we learn that religious right mega-church leader, who sadly gave the invocation at President Obama’s swearing in, is back to his old hateful ways.

Warren, who famously supported Prop 8 in California four years ago – a referendum that repealed the right to marry for gay couples in the state – is yet again saying hateful, bigoted things about gay people. It’s in his nature.

Here’s Warren in an interview last night with CNN’s Piers Morgan:

Rick WarrenMegachurch pastor Rick Warren on Tuesday night said that same sex relationships would still be sinful even if they were natural.

“It wouldn’t bother me if there was a ‘gay gene’ found,” he told CNN host Piers Morgan.

“Here’s what we know about life,” Warren continued. “I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling. Sometimes I get angry and feel like punching a guy in the nose. That doesn’t mean I act on it. Sometimes I feel attracted to women who are not my wife. I don’t act on it. Just because I have a feeling doesn’t make it right. Not everything natural is good for me. Arsenic is natural.”

I’ve always said that the way religious right bigots talk about being gay, they must be gay themselves. Who else talks about uncontrollable yearnings, other than someone who has them himself?

And Warren brought up the Bible again.  Which is always interesting, since there is no “Bible.”  There are at least 15 different Bibles in English alone.  And the original Bible – which actually is a hand-picked compilation of various texts, some includes some excluded – was written in Ancient Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.  And I got news for you, after 2,000, and that many translations, there is no “literal” interpretation that anyone can rely.

And in any case, the Bible says gluttony is a sin – in fact, it’s one of the Seven Deadly Sins – and Rick Warren is significantly overweight.  So it’s okay for Rick Warren to partake in his sins that are listed as the worst of the worst, but we can’t partake in our lesser “sin” didn’t even merit the “Seven Deadly”?

Oh yeah, I’d also like to know if Rick Warren eats shelfish and embraces slavery, since the Bible bans the first and loves the second.

Rick Warren is no different than the rest of the haters.  He talks prettier, with his aw-shucks accent, but the venom is the same.


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