Rick Warren's This Week No-Show Excuse: He Inhaled Pulpit Fumes
Politico received an email from a Rick Warren aide explaining why he bowed out at the last moment from his This Week appearance with George Stephanopoulos. The aide said that Easter was like the Super Bowl for Warren and he was under the weather from preparing for the many services he was to preach. Plus, he had inhaled fumes from a new pulpit:
And the aide said that Warren had been responding to the Larry King Prop 8 controversy with this statement on a per-inquiry basis:
“When Pastor Warren told Larry King that he never campaigned for California's Proposition 8, he was referring to not participating in the official two-year organized advocacy effort specific to the ballot initiative in that state, based on his focus and leadership on other compassion issues. Because he's a pastor, not an activist, in response to inquiries from church members, he issued an email and video message to his congregation days before the election confirming where he and Saddleback Church stood on this issue.
“During the King interview, Pastor Warren also referenced a letter of apology that he sent to gay leaders whom he knew personally. However, that mea culpa was not with respect to his statements or position on Proposition 8 nor the biblical worldview on marriage. Rather, he apologized for his comments in an earlier Beliefnet interview expressing his concern about expanding or redefining the definition of marriage beyond a husband-wife relationship, during which he unintentionally and regrettably gave the impression that consensual adult same sex relationships were equivalent to incest or pedophilia.”