More on President-elect Barack Obama’s unfortunate choice of anti-gay, anti-choice and anti-science televangelist Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation. The influential pastor of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest has championed Christian right wing views on gay rights and compared same-sex marriage to incest, pedophilia and polygamy.
Via Think Progress is this MSNBC preview of a segment from Dateline NBC’s interview with Rick Warren which conveniently airs tomorrow. The mega-church pastor literally laughs at Ann Curry's suggestion that he is "homophobic" because he "served" protesters water.
CURRY: Your position has raised the specter that you are homophobic.
WARREN: Hahahah! […]
CURRY: You laugh ... ? Are you homophobic?
WARREN: Of course not. I have always treated them with respect. When they come and wanna talk to me, I talk to ‘em. When the protesters came, we served them water and donuts.
Warren's noblese oblige toward gays doesn't stop with water and donuts. "I have many gay friends," the pastor claims. "I’ve eaten dinner in gay homes."
Perhaps those dinner dates with "teh gays" happened before Warren produced his own television commercial supporting Proposition 8 and claimed, "Gays in California already have their rights."