Sensing that their run is about over and that trashing gays1, 2, 3 isn’t mobilizing the faithful, the pit bulls of the evangelical right have decided to try beating-up on Barack Obama for a while.

Why is Obama’s Evil in Rick Warren’s Pulpit?

Rick Warren, the best selling author of The Purpose Driven Life and senior teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in California, has invited Barack Obama to speak to the congregation of the faithful on December 1, 2006. In doing so he has joined himself with one of the smoothest politicians of our times, and also one whose wickedness in worldview contradicts nearly every tenant [sic] of the Christian faith that Warren professes.

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Why would Warren marry the moral equivalency of his pulpit – a sacred place of honor in evangelical tradition – to the inhumane, sick, and sinister evil that Obama has worked for as a legislator?

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Because of this supposed shared concern, Warren is ready to turn over the spiritual mantle to a man who represents the views of Satan at worst or progressive anti-God liberals at best in most of his public positions on the greatest moral tests of our time.

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Barack Obama has a long history of defying the intended morality of scripture. [emphasis mine, HT: Sullivan].

You get the idea.

The complaint? Obama is on the wrong side of abortion and gay rights. These are issues about which disagreement in good faith is possible. You can be opposed to abortion and gay marriage on religious grounds, and without malice. You can be opposed to them for purely secular reasons, without malice. The defenders of abortion and advocates of gay marriage who insist that opposition to either evidences a will to oppress women, or homophobia, are wrong.

But you can’t mistake the malice in these words. No. This is the malicious fury of the zealot, the hatred of blithely unlistening mankind that informs the doctrine of Original Sin.

Bob Felton The Intersection of Religion, Law, and Politics

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