During the election season, I made frequent references to the kinds of evangelical leaders who publicly supported McCain, people like Hagee and Parsely who believe that the US is the instrument of God against evil in the world, actively condoning bloody war. Rick Warren is supposed to be a moderate. And yet when Sean Hannity called for the US to “take out” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Warren had this to say in response:
“Well, actually, the Bible says that evil cannot be negotiated with. It has to just be stopped…. In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers.”
God help us.
P.S. I had the misfortune of watching Bill O’Reilly while I was at the gym last night. I was a captive audience! Anyway, he was mouthing off about how waterboarding and other torture techniques had kept everybody safe and that only the “loony left” opposed it. Isn’t O’Reilly supposed to be Catholic? Is he aware of Church teaching on torture? Does he know anything about consequentialism? Does he care? Does he realize that this kind of manifest support for a gravely evil act in the public domain could well prohibit him from the Eucharist? Where are the communion warriors when you need them?