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Spotlight on Rick Warren's Sexism

Posted by libhom Thursday, January 01, 2009

Rick Warren's heterosexual supremacist bigotry is getting long overdue scrutiny after President Elect Obama made the shocking and horrifying decision to have one of the nation's most notorious religious extremists give an unconstitutional invocation at the upcoming inauguration. This is important. Yet, I wonder.

Why has there been so little discussion of Warren's fanatical misogyny in the corporate media?

An obvious manifestation of Warren's viciousness towards women involves his efforts to oppose the basic right of women to choose on abortion. Trying to reduce women to the legal status of incubators is as dangerous as it is hateful. Warren wants to live in a world where men have enormous and abusive power over women. In that sense, and many others, he reminds me of Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

The following are excellent examples of why blogs and other Internet media are so important in exposing people to points of view which the corporate owners censor from their media. I will be excerpting briefly, but I encourage you to view the entire articles. The subject of Rick Warren's misogyny is a sadly large one.

Reclusive Leftist

Most of the outrage surrounding this choice focuses on Warren’s opposition to gay marriage and reproductive rights. But there’s something else about Warren, something the women of America might like to ponder as they watch this worthy pray aloud at our new President’s swearing-in: this is a man who believes that wives should be subservient to their husbands. Marriage is not an equal partnership, in Warren’s view, but a dominance hierarchy, a union between a superior and an inferior. Kind of like a boss with one employee.

Andrew Feder
Warren has equated to the grotesque logic within his mind that women who have abortions are Nazis much like the SS in the death camp of Auschwitz.

In an obvious sexist form of belief, Warren emphasizes that women should be basically barefoot and pregnant and subservient to their husbands wishes. Warren even discourages divorces even in cases of physical abuse. I guess that it's okay in Warren's Church for a woman to get beaten to a pulp by her husband. Perhaps the Orange County District Attorney's Office should look into this.

NOW's Press Release
Today, we are disheartened that one of the voices that may be privileged to be part of this historic moment is that of Rick Warren. His delivering the invocation would be an insult to all of us, women and men, who support women's right to self-determination. His presence is offensive to all of us, gay and straight, who support equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

We understand your desire to engage people from opposing sides of many issues. But dialogue requires treating your opponents with respect. Rick Warren has compared abortion to the Holocaust and stated that he would not vote for a "Holocaust denier." He implies that those of us who support abortion rights are equivalent to Nazis.

The Nazi analogy of Warren's is bitterly ironic, given that Hitler was fanatically anti-choice.

Here's the sexist Bible quote that the Saddleback Church/Box Store uses to teach its values on marriage:
“You wives must submit to your husbands’ leadership in the same way you submit to the Lord. For a husband is in charge of his wife in the same way Christ is in charge of His body the Church. (He gave His very life to take care of it and be its Savior!) So you wives must willingly obey your husbands in everything, just as the Church obeys Christ. And you husbands, show the same kind of love to your wives as Christ showed to the Church when He died for her, to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God’s Word; so that He could give her to Himself as a glorious Church without a single spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, being holy and without a single fault. That is how husbands should treat their wives, loving them as parts of themselves. For since a man and his wife are now one, a man is really doing himself a favor and loving himself when he loves his wife! No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it just as Christ cares for His body the Church, of which we are parts. (That the husband and wife are one body is proved by the Scripture, which says, “A man must leave his father and mother when he marries so that he can be perfectly joined to his wife, and the two shall be one.”) I know this is hard to understand, but it is an illustration of the way we are parts of the body of Christ. So again I say, a man must love his wife as a part of himself; and the wife must see to it that she deeply respects her husband—obeying, praising, and honoring him.” Ephesians 5:22-23 TLB


  1. Giggles Says:
  2. Great blog, very well written, I feel dumb saying anything; but here I go, I agree that Warren is sexist.

    Almost all religions keep women from positions of power (i.e. no female Pope,etc.) I personally think this is where some homophobia comes from too.

    It's not ok for boys to be feminine, because being a girl is bad. Women are viewed as lesser.

    I think other people have said it better, but i think misogyny and homophobia go hand in hand.

  3. Good one.

  4. Christopher Says:
  5. Fat pig Rick Warren also said he thinks Roe should be reversed.

    Fat pig Rick Warren also thinks gays can and should be "cured."

    Fat pig Rick Warren also supports the U.S. engaging in assassination.

    Obama chose a winner.



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