Rick Warren Likens Gays To Pizza (Updated)

December 20, 2008 · Filed Under Barack Obama 

“Just because I like pizza it doesn’t mean I should marry it”

In an interview with Ann Curry on NBC’s Dateline, Evangelist Preacher, Rick Warren, who is set to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration, equated gays getting married to eating pizza everyday.

“Mr. Warren’s relating gays to pedophiles, incest and gay marriage to his incessant craving of sex with women he was not married to caught me a little off guard.,” said Ms Curry, “But after the camera stopped filming he went on to make the comparison of gays to pizza, I must say, I was startled.”

“Just because I like pizza it doesn’t mean I should marry it,” said Warren. “Biologically, I am predisposed to enjoy the immaculate melding of mozzarella cheese, red sauce and thick crust baked to tasty perfection.

But that doesn’t mean I should enter into a lifelong commitment with Sicilian or plain, nor bed it down, nor bring children into the world and have them have to explain to their classmates why their mom’s crust is not a crisp as it once was. Does any child deserve to have their friends tossing Monday 2 for 1 coupons in his face? Not in my world they don’t. Yet, to say that I am against pizza-eaters or gays is absurd. Our Saddleback Church offer more weight-watchers meetings to overeaters than any other evangelical megachurch on the west coast.”

Elsewhere, with claims that “We did it with ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance,” supporters of California’s Proposition 8, the bill to amend the California constitution to make “marriage” a union only between a man and a woman, are proposing an amendment to the original Declaration of Independence that inserts the words, “except for gays” wherever needed to stop gays from using the DOI as a tool to attack Prop 8.

The new amended Declaration would read, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, except for gays, are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, except for gays. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, except for gays, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People, except for gays, to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness, except for gays.”

“This should put to rest the objections surrounding the historical precedents from any real Americans,” said Focus on the Family leader, Dr. James Dobson. “Of course, except for the gays.”

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31 Responses to “Rick Warren Likens Gays To Pizza (Updated)”

  1. Dale on December 21st, 2008 9:57 am

    I think the more exposure Mr. Warren gets the better, because the more people listen to him the more they will realise what a total asshole he is.

  2. John Mark Rozendaal on December 21st, 2008 3:11 pm

    So, Warren would not marry or “bed down” a pizza. Now the question is, would he eat one? Does the bible ay anything against marrying pizzas?

  3. pviel on December 21st, 2008 4:03 pm

    Just as any gay person has the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness every person has a right to their opinion. The question here is should opinions become law? Should those who do not agree with Rick Warren have the right to to take away his ministry? It isn’t so terrible that gays can marry. In my opinion it’s a profession of faith, hope and love that two people have between them. Marriage vows are real whether professed in a recognized bond or not. Common law marriage is recognized in all states so why shouldn’t that same standard be recognized and for gays and therefore why shouldn’t actual marriage and all the legal trappings and rights. We all have beliefs that are true religious beliefs so why not gays. At one time baptism, matrimony in the Catholic church could only administered by a Catholic priest, Does that mean all protestants were living out of wedlock? Of course not.

    We are a multi-denominational society with non-denominational laws. Rick Warren shouldn’t be so flip as he is in comparing being gay marriage to pizza and needs to recognize that when he sees others beliefs as pizza others will see his ministry as corned beef hash.

    That he is giving the invocation to the inauguration is not, however, sending a message that he is. great, right or to be believed, when it comes to gays.

    Joseph Lowery is also scheduled to give the benediction (An invocation of divine blessing usually at the end of an event). Joseph Lowery is a leader of the civil rights movement.

    Since Rick Warren is giving the invocation at the beginning of the Inauguration of President Obama one might say that we will in one event be going from the old view (intolerance) forward to the new view (Tolerance) all at one time. I just hope Rick is listening to Barack carefully and that he see the grace of Joseph Lowery and find a conversion to the new world.

  4. moonwind on December 21st, 2008 4:35 pm

    “Does the bible ay anything against marrying pizzas?”
    Only if you’re gay, I gueess?

  5. lucy on December 21st, 2008 5:03 pm

    Just because our prez wants to be open to all sides, doesn’t mean he should invite a bigot to deliver the spiritual opening to the event of the century (so far).

    Just because a nincompoop like Warren wants to bed down every beautiful woman he sees, that doesn’t mean I necessarily want to hear from him on inauguration day.

    Just because I can’t stand pizza doesn’t mean I’m going to stop anybody else from preparing it, selling it, buying it, eating it, digesting it, etc.

    I’ll stop now.

  6. Joe on December 21st, 2008 5:08 pm

    If the saddleback Churh has such a great Weight Watchers program, why doesn’t this fat ass take advantage of them - I can not wait to find out what sexual secret Rev. Warren has in his closet. Usually people who are so obsessed with other’s private lives has something they are trying to hide. As far as Obama - he throws his 20 year friend and mentor Rev. Wright under the bus for radical views to oonly accept the hand and friendship of one of the biggest bigots in America - oh, that’s right - Warren just hates gay people - we should just get over it. A friend (and I use the term loosely) told me yesterday that I need to accept other people’s views - so I ran out and got a copy of Mein Kampf. Good reading for a snowy day - hey I’m only trying to accept other views. And as far as the Rev. Lowery appearance, Barack can complete the tolerance model by getting someone to represent all views - get a nazi youth leader and a prominent rabbi and have the newest head of the KKK with Rev. Sharpton. Now that’s a dais for you.

  7. Howie from the Bronx on December 21st, 2008 5:28 pm

    “I’ll take a slice with pepperoni and semen, please !” -

    Rick Warren

  8. Bill Lempke on December 21st, 2008 5:49 pm

    So it comes down to this: POTUS has elevated someone who is not only a bigot but an idiot. Good job, Obama!

  9. Bill Lempke on December 21st, 2008 6:01 pm


  10. D. El De McClung on December 21st, 2008 6:24 pm

    I find it odd that anyone these days would even question the well known fact that Government marriage is a fraud and a sham. Why would anyone want to join the State “program” that is commonly called “marriage” when the fact is Government “marriage” is only a “program” and has nothing to do with the actual act of getting married or being married. Marriage is an inalienable right. The state has nothing to say about it.
    By applying for a marriage license, as applying for ANY permission from the government one is in fact agreeing to be INCORPORATED. Once incorporated the government becomes the senior partner in that fictitious entity.
    Thus, the Right becomes a privilege.
    Read the full story on my website, deldemcclung.com under my links to my blogs on the menu.

  11. jmmx on December 21st, 2008 7:05 pm

    I think that it is very important that we work to end the polarization in this country. To do so, we need to talk with people, and show respect for views other than our own - AS LONG AS they do not advocate violence. (In this very significant way Warren, I believe, differs from the KKK.)

    Come on - WE are supposed to be the Liberals here, the ones who are open to others. Let’s set an example of tolerance! Remember, Warren invited Obama to his college to talk, over enormous objections by many of his followers.

    See the following for some excellent thoughts:
    Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren - by Thom Hartmann

  12. Barb Piester on December 21st, 2008 10:02 pm

    Using gay men and lesbians as political pawns merely serves to distract people’s attention away
    from more serious issues…often those issues are the flaws and secrets of those who’re calling all that attention to homosexuality in the first place. Gay people become red herrings so the bloodhound doesn’t sniff out the real culprits!

  13. Mike T. on December 21st, 2008 10:13 pm

    Well, at least he didn’t say “A pizza doesn’t scream when you throw it in an oven”.

  14. EdA on December 21st, 2008 11:06 pm

    Actually, pviel, common-law marriage is NOT recognized in all states.

    And pepperoni or sausage pizza is condemned as an abomination by the same parts of the Bible that condemn male-male sex as an abomination and a couple more. (non-Kosher and also mixing meat and dairy.)

    Frankly, though, I was furious until I learned yesterday that Rick Warren sees as his “spiritual father,” “the greatest American pastor of the 20th Century,” “a man with “A legacy to Extend for Generations,” the #1 segregationist of the Southern Baptist movement, W.A. Criswell.


    So, ostensibly in order to foster dialogue, Obama picked someone who rejects same-sex marriage (plus modern science and medicine and women’s reproductive rights), but also someone whose role model rejected the legitimacy of the marriage between Obama’s parents.

    Ironically, Rick Warren will deliver the imprecation at the inauguration of America’s first president, the child of a mixed-race marriage, 7 years almost to the day after Criswell died. As Criswell’s obituary in The National Movement’s magazine “All the Way” notes, “The legendary pastor of the Dallas First Baptist Church electrified the nation with his fiery speech to the South Carolina Legislature in 1962 proclaiming that only a completely segregated America could be a truly free America.” Obama was born, by the way, in 1961, and had his parents taken him to any number of states as a child, they could have been jailed — to the enthusiastic support of Warren’s mentor.


    Criswell’s obituary in the New York Times is of some interest:


    Now,in fairness to both, Criswell had publicly repudiated his segregationist advocacy several years before he inspired Warren to become a minister, and I have no reason to believe that Warren shares Criswell’s racist policies. After all, Criswell used thugs to keep blacks from attending white churches, and Warren only uses a website notice to keep gays from attending Saddleback services. However, it is curious that Warren’s fulsome obituary makes no mention of Criswell’s past.

    Rick Warren rejects the legitimacy of same-sex marriage using many of the same garbage arguments that his mentor used to reject the legitimacy of the marriage of Obama’s parents. After all, as Warren wrote in his obituary of Criswell, “So, how do you make it to a successful end, similar to W.A. Criswell? The Bible says, “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13: 8). If you minister out of love you can never be considered a failure.”

    Unless the couple is biracial or the same-sex.

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  16. Corey Mondello on December 22nd, 2008 11:49 am

    I am angry, sad, depressed and disgusted about President Elect Obama’s decision to ask Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration.

    A man that states that gay people marrying is at the same level as incest, bestiality and raping children.

    This should of stopped the decision to have him honored, in a celebration in America, where the first mixed-race person to become the President of the United States will be celebrated worldwide.

    I understand that President Elect Obama’s belief is that gays should not be treated equally when it comes to marriage, he has made that clear, but he has never said such insidious things that Rick Warren has, and for him to be given the respect and the opportunity to be held up, by our next President, as someone worthy of respect, is deplorable.

    This may have been one of the first moves that President Elect Obama has taken, that will allow the Republicans to take back the Majority and the White House in 2012.

    When this happens, we will once again, have no one to blame but the Democratic Party themselves.

    I heard an interview with Steven Waldman’s on the radio this morning.

    The topic, Rick Warren and Obama’s decision to have him speak at his inauguration.


    I did a quick search for what an “invocation” is.

    Wikipedia gave me this: “An invocation (from the Latin verb invocare “to call on, invoke”) may take the form of: Supplication or prayer. A form of possession, Command or conjuration. Self-identification with certain spirits.”

    So it is a religious thing.

    I wonder who Mr. Warren will invoke?

    Jesus, the Creator, a Higher Power, the Universe, the All Knowing?

    How about Allah?

    Somehow I think Jesus will be the only name we hear.

    Showing people in America or all other faiths, or none at all, they are not welcome and they are not worthy. Only when they believe in this “Jesus” will they be equal.

    I understand many religious people have been invited by both Democrats and Republicans to provide the invocation…but have any of the Democrats had someone who believes gay marriage is the same as incest?

    I doubt it.

    How about someone who does not believe in evolution?

    I doubt that also.

    Obama not only supports the ever so abused “Faith based initiatives”, those abused mainly by George W. Bush, he intends on expanding them, which will make his new friend, Rick Warren very happy.

    Now I know I have heard that Rick Warren had invited Obama to speak at his church.

    Did you catch the apologist move there?

    If Obama refused, he most likely would have lost the election.

    I guess when the Republicans didn’t show up for the debate put on by minority groups; one being black, the other being gay, it didn’t seem to affect anyone’s moral compass about these people.

    Equal rights my ass!

    I have also heard how wonderful Rick Warren is at getting his fellow fundamentalist Christians to pay attention to more of the things their Jesus was presumed to; the poor.

    Well, the Christians surely do not have a monopoly on helping the poor, unless you consider their tax-exempt status where the government (tax payers) gives them money to spend however they see fit, “helping”.

    I understand that Mr. Warren also wants his cohorts to focus more of their attention on the environment and preserving it.

    That’s odd, hasn’t George W. Bush, up to this day, been trying to, and successfully, pass laws that do the complete opposite regarding the environment and animals that may soon be extinct.

    Well I guess we need not pay attention to the animals, apparently the bible explains that they have no soul, humans can do whatever they want with and too them, and you still get into heaven.

    Not to mention the bees. You know, the ones Mrs. Palin said were a waste to study, not realizing, for the most part, without the bees and other insects, there will be no human race.

    Now comes my favorite reason why Christians who seem to be invited to and are quite connected politically, allowing them to make changes that affect mine and everyone else’s life on the earth, while whining about being martyrs….the movement George W. Bush, along with his Christian friends, wants to make it legal to deny anyone medical care, even if they are dying, if the medical provider believes it is against their religion.


    Wasn’t it just within the last few years all these Religious Right folks were up in arms because there were Muslims that didn’t want to pick up certain people in their cab.

    I guess refusing a ride is more important than saving a life.

    I find the fundamentalist Christians, a.k.a the majority of the Republican Party and those who claim to be Conservative, (you know, the ones who spend money like drunk whores, not on the American people of course) to be a disgrace to mankind, and I believe they are ruining not only my life, but my country, and the whole world.

    I believe they are running with this blind passion, and nothing really matters because they see light at the end of their little, distorted, racist, bigoted tunnel….the Rapture.

    Wow….imagine going through life, finding someone to lead the way for you.

    Someone who you choose understands a book, rewritten many times over and translated from many languages, to tell you how to live.

    And your reward…heaven….a place where everyone knows your name like in the sitcom “Cheers”.

    I used to cry whenever I heard the song that went with that sitcom, and to think, now living in Boston, a five minute walk from the place “Cheers” was loosely based on…I’ve never been, to make friends where everyone will know my name, I came to a conclusion a long time ago, that being delusional does not make one very happy.

    Much like religious people who are fundamentalist, following the “rules” where everything is “black or white”, (not connoting skin color here), pointing their fingers at everyone else’s fault’s, while we all know this usually leads to deceitfulness and hypocrisy.

    So, back to Rick Warren.

    I believe he, and those like him, are a danger to me, my country, yes America, and to the world as we know it.

    Obama has made a grave move by allowing this man to be present at his inauguration.

    The next time someone is “gay bashed” or refused the morning after-pill after being raped, or is 19 more fundamentalists from another country fly planes into a building, or if we are nuked….who will I blame?

    Barrack Obama.

    When the world sees that he supports respects and honors a man like Rick Warren, it shows that, in fact, there is a “holy war”, no matter how subtle, overt or political it may be.

    For Steven Waldman to back Obama’s decision, I no longer believe he is intelligent enough to write about our Founding Fathers and their relationship with religion….therefore, I will stop read his book, ‘Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America’ and place it where it belongs; in the trash.

  17. BB on December 24th, 2008 4:11 am

    Dear ones,
    Pastor Warren wants all homosexuals to consider who they are marrying & what the Bible and God’s word says to protect and guide you; that is because he loves & cares just as God does about homosexuals. The problem is that these people are said to not be able to enter the Kingdom of God for they are sinners.

    A man who is now a Reverand and lives for God was once so ill after 10 days he became unconscious and began to enter hell. The demons were chewing off his ears and plucking out his eyes. I wonder what else will be chewed off and it scares me so much I want to tell everyone of you that hell is not a place of fun but of torture, wailing and gnashing of teeth. That is why we want to warn you of living a lifestyle of sin. Most of these comments are filled with hate, curse words and equal not a love that Pastor Warren wants to tell you about because he cares. I am a Christian and now realize my son is gay. It hurts me so deeply I cannot bear the pain; he says he is not hurting anyone. If you are gay; please change your heart and follow Jesus so you will enjoy eternal love and happiness in a wonderful heaven with Jesus and many people who care and love you! Eternal life in pain and torture and fire is not what Christians want for you! God Loves You So Much; reach out and take His hand, he will lead you to a love that is never-ending happiness!

  18. AA on December 29th, 2008 3:38 pm

    Gay for Pizza?

  19. HPMICR on July 29th, 2010 9:54 am

    This is what makes this country so great is the freedom of speach and the fact that it doesn’t matter if you like pizza or not. It should be your choice. The keyword in this whole topic is choice. It should be an individual choice as to wheter you like, want or otherwise care about pizza. The problem comes when other people try to force their views and way of life onto you.

    hp micr

  20. Rexroth on August 2nd, 2010 7:59 am

    rick warren never ceases to amaze me - where does he find these bizzare statemetns !!!!

  21. Jay Woo on August 5th, 2010 5:50 am

    This guy is wrong on so many levels. That quote from him is something that an elementary school kid would say.

  22. yoga supply on August 22nd, 2010 5:24 pm

    I don’t think pizza would want to marry him

  23. Owen Nachttisch on August 24th, 2010 2:47 pm

    @MikeT “Well, at least he didn’t say “A pizza doesn’t scream when you throw it in an oven”.”


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  25. Maria on October 17th, 2010 11:30 am

    I find the fundamentalist Christians to be a disgrace to mankind. Marriage is an inalienable right. The state has nothing to say about it!

  26. Kantoormeubelen on October 22nd, 2010 1:33 pm

    People like Warren are an embarassment for America, in my opinion: uncivilized, shallow and rude. And what a weird comparisement is that by the way: gays and pizzas? How do you even come up with that?

  27. Julia on February 9th, 2011 2:18 am

    I find it odd that anyone these days would even question the well known fact that Government marriage is a fraud and a sham. Why would anyone want to join the State program that is commonly called marriage when the fact is Government marriage is only a program and has nothing to do with the actual act of getting married or being married. Thank you.

  28. Jenna on February 10th, 2011 8:19 am

    I understand that President Elect Obama’s belief is that gays should not be treated equally when it comes to marriage, he has made that clear, but he has never said such insidious things that Rick Warren has. Thank you.

  29. pet dogs on February 15th, 2011 9:45 pm

    Im not a fan of rick warren cause I think he is too liberal. I dont see how liberals could not like the guy he is too milk toast.

  30. Poslovna Darila on March 7th, 2011 11:17 am

    What a sick comparison. It might be something wrong with his brain. Maybe he had some problems in his life.

  31. Louisiana jones act lawyer on April 9th, 2011 6:38 am

    Pizza for a gay? I think Pizza doesn’t fit to compare with a gay or something. It doesn’t make sense, gay is gay I think they have no interest in marriage. They simply want the satisfaction they need just like eating pizza? LOL!

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