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Rick Warren cancels Obama-Romney forum at Saddleback Church

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LAKE FOREST – Rick Warren, Saddleback Church’s pastor, announced Wednesday that a civil forum planned with President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the church has been canceled because of what Warren saw as uncivil discourse between the two campaigns.The forum, planned for this week, would have been two hours long, with each candidate speaking with Warren for 50 minutes. The event would have fallen during the same week when four years ago Warren hosted the first such presidential campaign forum, between then-Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain. Warren said it was the 2008 forum’s success among critics and pundits that led him to consider the idea again this year.

“The forum was praised for its unique format and fairness,” Warren said Wednesday while announcing a decision not to hold the forum. “Also, the TV networks were eager to cover it again since it garnered one of the largest viewing audiences of that election. I talked with both campaigns about the possibility of doing it again, and they were both favorable to participating.”

Warren pulled the plug on this year’s forum, explaining that the current negative campaign is opposite to what the church’s civil forum is about, even as plans had been ramping up to coordinate schedules, secure the area and get traffic control in check for a forum of this size. Planning had begun in March.

Requests for comment from both campaigns have not been returned as of early afternoon.

Warren has held seven civil forums with world leaders. Most recently, the megachurch pastor invited former Prime Minister Tony Blair to speak at Saddleback in March. In that forum, Warren and Blair talked about faith, 9/11 and the conflict in the Middle East. Warren also conducted a civil forum on Global Health in Washington, D.C., in December 2008 with President George W. Bush.

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h/t  Chalupa

» 27 Comments

  1. sTevo

    August 23rd, 2012

    He is kidding no one. He canceled for fear of loosing his Tax Status.

    Note to self…Jesus thinks he’s a Jerk.

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  2. beachmom

    August 23rd, 2012

    He’s a phony. He was caught on video, walking the streets of Iran talking about how nice it was there. And how good things were for their people.

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  3. beachmom

    August 23rd, 2012

    Pardon me…..it was Syria:

    http://www.wnd.com/2006/11/38899/

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  4. 123321123321

    August 23rd, 2012

    Beachmom, it was Syria not Iran, but I know what you are talking about.

    Warren is a fraud too. In one of his books he steals/copies the occultist/psychologist Carl Young http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qW6aroPRx8

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  5. Jerry Manderin

    August 23rd, 2012

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  6. hanoverfist

    August 23rd, 2012

    My bad.

    I thought the headline said “Brokeback”

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  7. Bob M.

    August 23rd, 2012

    A Mormon, a Mohammedan, and Mirror-worshipper walk into a Crystal Cathedral… :-o

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  8. Lizziebee

    August 23rd, 2012

    He saw the blowback from Dolan’s debacle and got out while the going was good.

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  9. 66chevelle

    August 23rd, 2012

    If the Dems don’t get all the real debates stacked completely in their favor, we’ll see more cancellations with even lamer excuses…perhaps some Wag the Dog, too.

    The 2nd Presidential Debate will be a “Town Hall” format. “The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.”

    Why do we let let this tiny group of ‘tards ask questions that the rest of us have already gotten answers for?

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  10. Strike-Anywhere Ukulele

    August 23rd, 2012

    he may do some good things but i don’t trust Rick Warren. I don’t like any of the mega churches. Feel like I’m watching a commercial instead of having righteous fellowship.

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  11. MNHawk

    August 23rd, 2012

    I feel like I’m watching someone that makes a living giving motivational speeches at corporations.

    That being said, maybe since Warren can give an example of what Mittens has done, that’s so bad.

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  12. Chalupa

    August 23rd, 2012

    Warren’s a false prophet and a dhimmi. We’re not supposed to all get along, we are to resist and fight evil.

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  13. TexMark

    August 23rd, 2012

    Rick Warren ain’t too bright. He was soft on both candidates 4 years ago and failed to ask the tough questions that defined the flavor of “Christianity” both candidates subscribe to. He was so gullible to be enamoured by O’Bama. Just because someone says they’re a “Christian” does not imply they think like a Conservative or a Liberal. Look at the ideological differences between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and the Lutheran Church Missourii Synod (LCMS). The LCMS does not try to dynamically change the meaning of Biblical scripture to fit current social issues, yet the leader of ELCA (Bishop Hansen) made the claim in November 2009 that the Bible is a living document that needs to be re-interpretted to fit current social challenges. The context of his argument was to support gay clergy, yet the LCMS staunchly opposes any gay lifestyle. Rick Warren failed to pull O’Bama’s true colors because he knew it would pit debate between theological doctrine, so that event in 2008 was nothing more than a dog and pony show.

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  14. Billy Fuster

    August 23rd, 2012

    Cut the crap. Put Obama and Romney in a caged ring and let them fight to the finish.

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  15. Maudie N Mandeville

    August 23rd, 2012

    @Lizziebee-Dolan might have gotten away with it if he had invited both candidates. I wonder if Obama’s defense against the lawsuit could include pictures at the dinner shaking hands and smiling with Dolan with the caption: “Hey, how bad can the mandate be?”

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  16. reddecaesari

    August 23rd, 2012

    when barry said he couldn’t answer one of rick’s questions because it was “above his pay grade”…
    and rick let it slide. eh fix was in.

    rick is like barry. needs to be worshipped personally.

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  17. Maudie N Mandeville

    August 23rd, 2012

    It might have been of interest for the journalism school kids who wrote the article and conducted the interview with Ricky to know that both camps had declined the offer. Ricky Warren is a slimeball.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/07/campaign-no-joint-obamaromney-saddleback-appearance-129184.html

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  18. reliapundit

    August 23rd, 2012

    he hates mormons?

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  19. jus askin yo

    August 23rd, 2012

    what? the Super Fun Rock Band Church can’t overwhelm the system?

    h/t Ann Barnharct

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  20. Claudia

    August 23rd, 2012

    Never trusted Rick Warren. He’s all about growing churches to make money. Prove me wrong.

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  21. Hotlanta Mike

    August 23rd, 2012

    Uncivil discourse between the two campaigns? Smearing your opponent as potentially being a felon or evading taxes without evidence is more than uncivil discourse.

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  22. Hotlanta Mike

    August 23rd, 2012

    Will the Romney Campaign Demand Release of the Obama-Khalidi Video?

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/will_the_romney_campaign_demand_release_of_the_obama-khalidi_video.html#ixzz24Nn5aesX

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  23. AbigailAdams

    August 23rd, 2012

    Mega churches like Warren’s make me think of the adage: “Just because you stand in a garage, doesn’t make you a car.”

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  24. Alxandro

    August 23rd, 2012

    Maybe he was planning on burning Obama’s birth certificate?

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  25. Geri

    August 23rd, 2012

    OOH, “super fun rock band church”-man puts Romney and O in time out!! God bless Ann Barnhardt for the wonderfully descriptive label for false churches!!!

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  26. TigerEyes

    August 23rd, 2012

    Does anyone believe Obama is really going to debate Romney? Even with the White House picking commentators the risk of Obama off the teleprompter is too high.
    Rick Warren is a Muslim sympathizer and I am happy we don’t have to see him fawning over this disgusting excuse of a president.
    All debates should be canceled until we have an equal number of Republicans and Democrats asking the questions. I’m thinking this is what the Democrat Party wants in order to save them from the humiliation.

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  27. ruble

    August 23rd, 2012

    reminds me of the dogs I work on, they’re all lovable but only interested in 3 things. Eating, peeing and pooing. I know I left out sex, but I’ve managed to convince most of my clients that spaying and nuetering is the way to go.

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