Must Have Been Separated At Birth!
It is a fact that Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., was present at a meeting of the Aspen Institute not long ago and was asked by Lynda Resnick—she of the pomegranate-juice dynasty—if a Jew like herself could expect to be admitted to paradise. Warren publicly told her no. What choice did he have? His own theology says that only those who accept Jesus can hope to be saved.
Perhaps the most appropriate and eloquent reaction to Warren's invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration came from a Jewish mother in Texas:
When any religious leader purposely excludes people from feeling a part of anything, that leader must suffer the consequences of his/her rhetoric. A quality of Christofascism is the ability to create an "us vs. them" mentality.
As a Jewish woman who watched the invocation with her Jewish son, Pastor Warren had the distinct pleasure of providing us both with the one moment today we felt truly alienated from our country.
It was a reminder that although I'm tolerated, and my vote is courted, when push comes to shove despite all that is outlined regarding Freedom of Religion, I was not truly included in everything today.
Rick Warren seems to be doing just that.
Just a thought.