The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is carving out a career for herself with NBC News and recently sat down with controversial pastor Rick Warren for a chat.
Among the topics was Warren’s views against homosexuality and marriage equality. Clinton asked during an interview on NBC’s Rock Center how those views square with his Christianity.
‘I don’t hate anybody,’ Warren said. ‘In fact, I’m commanded by Jesus Christ to love everybody. I’m commanded to treat them with respect. As I’ve mentioned many times, there’s a difference between acceptance and approval.’
When Clinton grew persistent in some of her questions, an irritated Warren said: ‘Well, what do they expect a Christian pastor to answer? I don’t believe the bible anymore? … We’re in a democracy, Chelsea. So nobody wins all the time. And gay marriage might become the rule someday. That doesn’t mean I think it’s right. I do not favor the redefinition of marriage.’
Warren has expressed anti-gay views in the past.
He was a very vocal supporter of California’s Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
He said of gay marriage earlier this year: ‘To me, the Bible is very clear that sex is for a man and a woman in marriage only… history shows that when the church accommodates culture, it weakens it. This is why there is a very weak church in Europe today. It’s almost non-existent in many areas.’
President Barack Obama suffered severe backlash from the LGBT community when he chose Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration in 2009.
As recently as 2008, his church’s website had explicitly said that ‘someone unwilling to repent for their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted as a member at Saddleback.’