When conservative preacher Rick Warren raked in $2.4 million last December for his “Saddleback Church” (an archipelago of high-tech churches, gymnasium courts, restaurants and even a music school sitting on nine campuses of prime California real estate), the church didn’t pay a penny of tax on that income. Saddleback Church is tax-exempt despite its wealth.
A year ago today, Rowan considered invitation of anti-gay preacher Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. “It’s only symbolism,” declared some, “noise has been made,” that’s all. When it comes to substance, they said, Barack Obama will deliver.
One year later, has Barack Obama delivered on his campaign [...]
Dishonesty, bigotry, greed, waste, and an inability to accept responsibility. If those are the elements of his “Purpose-Drive Life”, I can understand why attendance at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church is dwindling as of late. [...]
On October 10, 2009, as President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a speech to the invited DC Beltway audience of a Human Rights Campaign gala, Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago spoke outside in Mount Vernon Square. His remarks were directed at those who have asked, “Why not be patient? Why [...]
Though the government may be paying the bills, Obama seems to think it’s okay if someone is fired from their job just because they don’t share the religious beliefs of their boss. [...]
Why did Barack Obama arrange for Gene Robinson to be scheduled to take the stage before cameras were rolling, and had the microphones turned off so that even people who were there in person couldn’t hear a word he said? What is Barack Obama afraid of? [...]
Unitarian Universalists have included same-sex marriage within their religious rituals for years now. Why is Rick Warren using his political influence to try to get the government to interfere with the free exercise of this religious tradition? [...]
Barack Obama’s slap in the face to homosexual couples in America is an indicator of the way we can expect the Obama White House to treat unpopular minorities who don’t have political power. Instead of protecting them, he will join with those who persecute them. [...]
One way to respond to Rick Warren’s role in the Inauguration is to participate in this year’s 200th birthday anniversary celebrations of Darwin Day. [...]
Just before the new year, VJack issued a call for gays, lesbians and atheists to find common cause and to…
suggest that an alliance between the atheist and GLBT communities might be worthy of serious consideration. We have a great deal in common. We also share a common “enemy” in Christian extremists, a group determined [...]
If George Washington and Abraham Lincoln didn’t need to insert Christian religious rituals into their inaugurations, why does Barack Obama feel the need to break with the weight of American tradition, as well as the Constitution, in order to do so? [...]