Rick Warren freely acknowledges that the AIDS “cause” taken up by his wife became his cause. His so-called P.E.A.C.E. plan is designed to fight the five Goliaths of modern mankind: Spiritual Emptiness, Egocentric Leaders, Extreme Poverty, Pandemic Disease and Rampant Illiteracy. Warren came to his acronym-based blueprint for humanity during a trip to Africa. And then he developed his five-point plan to solve the problems of the world. The underlying theme of his plan? Connect all the Churches in the world. With apologies to My Space and Facebook for the metaphor, it seems that Warren envisions a Giant Godspace or Fundamentalist Gracebook.
Warren sees the absolute perfection of his plan as Divinely inspired. But as one can see in this audio/video stream, Ricky actually had the taste of glory and the feel of power long before he had the plan to achieve. it. Back when the event in this video took place, Warren merely had the flavor of glory and power, albeit borrowed from several nightmares before him. Warren did not give Martin Luther King, Jr. as an example of the kind of leadership that can help the world; he didn’t give the example of a Mahatma Ghandi or a John F. Kennedy, and he certainly didn’t give Desmond Tutu or Nelson Mandela. No, his template is Hitler, Mao, and Lenin. Does anyone find that odd? Does our President-elect Obama find the analogies made by Rick Warren appropriate enough to represent him and be his choice to lead the nation in a celebratory prayer? This isn’t looking good at all. Our President-elect is right to aspire to be everybody’s President, but let’s get real, Mr. Obama, this Rick Warren is going to be everybody’s pastor over a whole lot of dead, flagrantly fabulous, and fabulously furious Gay and Gay-friendly citizens.
In another video on Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. website, he makes the case for his African P.E.A.C.E. mission against disease. “There’s far more women and children with AIDS in Africa than there are Gay men with AIDS in this country,” he says, dismissively.
Rick Warren is out to harness the power of The Faithful, as he calls them. There’s millions of churchs, he says, and there’s millions and millions of The Faithful.
Does anyone find the whole Rick Warren manifesto of modern Messianic machinations just a bit too close to madness to be thought of as mere mythomania?
Maybe we should put this in terms that everyone will understand. What’ll it be: Rick’s Flowery Shirts or Mrs. President-elect’s wardrobe looking fabu for 8 years? If you choose Rick, then, Barry, you tell her.