Why I'm glad I'm not Rick Warren reason #37: "I have many gay friends"

I’ve mentioned several times that I am so glad that I am NOT Rick Warren.

I love Rick… and I’ve been a firm defender of him over the years.  But I would not want to be Rick.

EVERY SINGLE thing he says is tweeted, re-tweeted and criticized.

Like this.

When asked by the Huffington Post if he was homophobic, Rick replied “I have many, many gay friends.”

That set off Generations Radio show hosts Pastor Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner:

:Listen now…

Swanson: Dave, you know, he says, ‘I have many, many gay friends.’ ‘Many, many gay friends.’

Buehner: Which is weird, because I have never said that.

Swanson: I have never said that either, I don’t say, ‘I have many, many gay friends.’ It’s almost like saying, ‘I have many, many gay fornicators;’ ‘I have many, many gay liar friends;’ it’s just craziness. I just interviewed this guy who goes into maximum security prisons and he interviews serial killers and I appreciate this guy, he’s actually had an opportunity to talk to a number of then and he says some twenty-five percent of them actually do repent he thinks, and it’s wonderful to see their lives turn around. So I mean, you know, what does this guy say: ‘I have many, many serial killer friends.’ I don’t think he says that, he doesn’t say that. I think he says, ‘it’s a shameful thing to be a serial killer.’ You wouldn’t want to wear that on a t-shirt, you wouldn’t want to say ‘I have many, many friends who kill people.’

Buehner: ‘I have many, many cannibal friends.’ ‘I have many, many molester friends.’ Just pick the abomination.

Swanson: You just don’t want to wear that on a shirt.

Buehner: ‘Many of my friends are wife beaters,’ would I say that?

Just goes to prove… if you’re Rick Warren, whatever you say will offend someone.

Why are we so quick to take people out of context and think the worst most of the time?


HT:  RightWingWatch



  • Terrace Crawford December 19, 2012 Reply

    These guys are so out of line… They asked him if he was homophobic. I truly think he answered their question. If you say you have gay friends then obviously you aren’t homophobic.


  • Stephen Canfield December 19, 2012 Reply

    Probably the most offensive phrase: “I have many, many Christian friends.” These guys are ridiculous and probably don’t have any friends who are gay.

    • Jim December 19, 2012 Reply


  • pietrosquaredPeter December 19, 2012 Reply

    I have many many greedy and gluttonous friends.

  • James December 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Todd, and the other folks who offered a reasonable rebuttal to Rick’s comment about having gay friends. Good grief, the question was about gays, how else would you identify and answer the question leaving the term “gay” out. They probably criticize his hair color, or something else. How petty, and small. Were these guys “believers”. I for one have let go of the term Christian. In my workplace you may as well say a swear word than use the label Christian. So I am a follower of the “way” Jesus, and am proud of that term. Give Rick a break!

  • Christian December 20, 2012 Reply

    What’s wrong with having gay friends? Heck, what’s wrong with being gay?

  • Joe December 20, 2012 Reply

    Why are we so quick to take people out of context and think the worst most of the time?

    Because they are self-deceived about themselves and think they are right about everything.


  • Pastor Glen December 20, 2012 Reply

    Rick is in good company…
    Matthew 11:19 (NRSV)
    the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

  • Dave December 21, 2012 Reply

    I have too many friends who talk without engaging their brains.

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