Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren, Barack Obama’s controversial choice to deliver the invocation at the January 20 Inaugural, decided recently to get cute with an ABC reporter.
Explaining his politics to ABC news, Warren said, “I’m a pastor, not a politician. People always say, ‘Rick, are you right wing or left wing?’ I say ‘I’m for the whole bird.'”
How very clever. I’ll bet he’s really proud of himself for memorizing that response. It’s deflection, pure and simple — a move practiced by politicians everywhere to disarm questioners. Warren’s not a politician — much; he just talks the talk.
Worse, his remark is nowhere near the truth. He’s not for the “whole bird,” not by a long shot. If you’re not the right kind of Christian, he’s not for you. If you’re of any other religion, he’s not for you. If you’ve no religion at all, he’s not for you. If you’re gay or lesbian, regardless of your religion, he’s not for you. In fact, where gays are concerned, Rev. Warren was a very public, active, vocal leader of opposition to California’s Proposition 8 protecting gay rights. But he’s not a politician.
I’m neither a politican nor a pastor, but from where I stand, Rick Warren’s bird is looking very small indeed.