Rick Warren Cancels Obama/Romney Forum Due to Lack of Civility… Hypocrisy Much?

This is Pastor Rick Warren shortly after the Aurora theater shootings:

(He claimed there was no connection between the shootings and his tweet… but deleted the tweet, anyway.)

This is Pastor Rick Warren saying that acting on one’s homosexuality is a sign of immaturity:

This is Pastor Rick Warren incorrectly explaining why you’re an atheist:

This is Pastor Rick Warren telling his staffers not to follow atheists on Twitter because… well, who knows why.

And this is Pastor Rick Warren today, explaining why he canceled a forum featuring President Obama and Mitt Romney:

“The forums are meant to be a place where people of goodwill can seriously disagree on significant issues without being disagreeable or resorting to personal attack and name-calling. But that is not the climate of today’s campaign. I’ve never seen more irresponsible personal attacks, mean-spirited slander, and flat-out dishonest attack ads, and I don’t expect that tone to change before the election.

“It would be hypocritical to pretend civility for one evening only to have the name-calling return the next day,” Warren added.

Says the guy who feigns “civility” time and time again, passing off untrue statements as facts and offensive statements as misinterpretations or hacks…

It’s actually strange to see him cancel the event, since candidates are usually much more civil in person than they and their surrogates are via attack ads. Instead of setting the tone for a more respectful conversation — which would’ve been a welcome thing — Warren just quit altogether. Or, if I can speculate, Romney canceled and there was no good way to explain that to the public without doing more damage to his reputation.

Either way, I don’t trust that Warren’s telling us the entire truth. He has a history of bending the facts to suit his purposes.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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