Rick Warren’s presidential civility forum idea falls through

VINCENT YU AP Pastor Rick Warren. Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren’s plans to convene Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for … Continued



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.

Follow Gregory Thomas on Twitter: @gregrthomas


  • 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.

Read More Articles

How to Debate Christians: Five Ways to Behave and Ten Questions to Answer

Advice for atheists taking on Christian critics.

Heaven Hits the Big Screen

How “Heaven is for Real” went from being an unsellable idea to a bestselling book and the inspiration for a Hollywood movie.

This God’s For You: Jesus and the Good News of Beer

How Jesus partied with a purpose.

Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.

Hey Bart Ehrman, I’m Obsessed with Jesus, Too — But You’ve Got Him All Wrong

Why the debate over Jesus’ divinity matters.

Friend or Foe? Learning from Judas About Friendship with Jesus

We call Judas a betrayer. Jesus called him “friend.”

Fundamentalist Arguments Against Fundamentalism

The all-or-nothing approach to the Bible used by skeptics and fundamentalists alike is flawed.

The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

Dear Evangelicals, Please Reconsider Your Fight Against Gay Rights

A journalist and longtime observer of American religious culture offers some advice to his evangelical friends.

How Passover Makes the Impossible Possible

When we place ourselves within the story, we can imagine new realities.

This Passover, We’re Standing at an Unparted Red Sea

We need to ask ourselves: What will be the future of the State of Israel — and what will it require of us?

Just As I Am

My childhood conversion to Christianity was only the first of many.

shutterstock_127731035 (1)
Are Single People the Lepers of Today’s Church?

In an age of rising singlehood, many churches are still focused on being family ministry centers.

Mysterious Tremors

People like me who have mystical experiences may be encountering some unknown Other. What can we learn about what that Other is?

Five Bible Verses You Need to Stop Misusing

That verse you keep quoting? It may not mean what you think it means.

What C.S. Lewis’ Marriage Can Tell Us About the Gay Marriage Controversy

Why “welcome and wanted” is a biblical response to gay and lesbian couples in evangelical churches.