Rick Warren’s presidential civility forum idea falls through

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Pastor Rick Warren.

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren’s plans to convene Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for a “civil forum” this week at his church in southern California have fallen through.

Apart from Warren’s conceit that the 2012 presidential campaign is too uncivil, neither the Obama campaign nor the Romney campaign committed to the forum.

The high-profile megachurch minister told the Orange County Register in an article published Wednesday: “It would be hypocritical to pretend civility for one evening only to have the name-calling return the next day.”

Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., sponsored a forum in 2008 between then-Senator Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

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  • Secular1

    We need this bloviating bigot like we need a hole in our heads.

  • Matt McLaughlin

    Again, a religious writer avoids the topic of Mormons being inclusive of Islam and LDS’ instructions to its flock not to ‘take sides’ in the Israeli/non-Israeli conflict. But Mitt, a LDS is advocating for a Jewish state? Backing a bombing of Iran on behalf of a Jewish state? A flase-Zion? Hold Mitt accountable for something for Pete’s sake. But its all, ‘basic faith’ and the (domestic) human struggle and avoiding camera shots of the Cat bulldozers invading homesteads when expanding CBS’ Jewish Ulster. Too bad because the topic needs ink considering FOX NEWS has stamped Mitt, good-as-Evangelical. It makes Salt Lake look like errand boys for Tel Aviv. Now Rick Warren stays out of the kitchen because he can’t stand the heat? Testosterone challenged decision to remain on the sidelines and allow Mitt to remain Evangelical to the point of backing Israel’s threats against Iran? What a wimp, Rick. The limitations of debate are coming from the press.


    Christians demanding more “civility” from anyone is like NASCAR drivers demanding fuel efficiency and zero pollution.

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