April 6, 2009

TONIGHT: Pastor Rick Warren Exclusive!

Posted: 05:14 PM ET

Pastor Rick Warren in a "Larry King Live" Exclusive!Was1943121 What does the pastor think about President Obama's call for a partnership with the Muslim world?

Also, Rick Warren talks about the firestorm of criticism surrounding his invocation at Pres. Obama's inauguration.  Many liberal and gay-rights activists were outraged Rick Warren was invited to participate. They said his anti-abortion, anti-gay-marriage preaching and controversial remarks about homosexuality made him a bad choice for the new president.  Rick Warren responds!

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Also tonight, singer Chris Brown in court!  What will he plead?  Larry has the the latest from Brown's arraignment.


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Terry, TX   April 6th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

Hey...I'll take Rev Warren over 20 years Obama listened with the racist anti-American Rev. Wright and his friend Farahkan. It's a breath of fresh air.

Ruby Coria, LA. CA.   April 6th, 2009 6:23 pm ET

Hi Larry, in order for things to work in humanity, we must all have the same rights! No if or buts about it! & Rve. Wright, spoke the truth, like it or not, but it's true, I know the truth hurts.
Larry, President Obama, did great over sea's, I was glad to see he got so much, because we have No face to ask for anything, after the mess we have made. see you.

Terry, TX   April 6th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

President Obama has gotten nothing from his trip from overseas....other than bashing Americans....risking national security.... I noted he used his full name for the Europeans but while campaigning with Americans did not. Truth never hurts....I don't agree that Rev Wright spoke the truth...I believe he is just an anti-American Black Liberal better than the Black Panthers...advocating socialism....then again... I don't believe the KKK speaks the truth either.
The radicals on both sides should never be believed.....

Travis   April 6th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

True equality in our country means gay marriage. I simply don't understand people like Pastor Warren preach against gay marriage using the Bible from which they pick and chose words. It's so hypocritical.

Euegne   April 6th, 2009 7:24 pm ET

Terry, Obama was just being honest to other countries. Yes, honesty in the place of irrational confidence and arrogant pride is quite a change. I cannot call it a bad change, however. Being honest with ourselves and others is the only way to form relationships and become a peaceful world.

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 6th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

Without directly asking Pres Obama, the reason he invited Pastor Rick Warren to the inauguration, I would assume that he did it for political reasons with the Republican Party.

Frankly, to be honest with you, I am sick and tired of the whining! We are quickly becoming .........................A COUNTRY OF WHINERS! We just came out of 8 years where the world hated us. I know because I travel all over the world and had many concerns about my safety due to Bush and his administration.

I listen to News from other countries as that helps me with balance. I suggest more of the Whiners do the same. CCTV news reported that for the first time in over 8 years, the USA actually joined the world instead of being the “ARRORGANT UGLY AMERICANS” The BBC stated that the G 20 went better than had expected. The USA and France/Germany are actually on speaking terms for the first time in who knows how many years.

I consider this a GREAT step in the right direction.

So for all of you Whiners out there… Get a life and SHUT UP!!!

Joshua Thacker   April 6th, 2009 8:12 pm ET

Obama inviting Rick Warren to give the Invocation at the Inauguration was not controversial because Rick Warren is against gay marriage (Obama is also against gay marriage)....

It was because Rick Warren said that gay marriage is morally equivalent to incest and pedophilia.

Rick Warren has also been associated with "ex-gay" therapy groups which are condemned by mainstream Psychiatrists and Psychologists.

Rick Warren also bans openly gay people from being members of his church.

Rick Warren has also backed leaders in Nigeria and Uganda which have advocated for criminalizing homosexuality in those countries.

The spotlight of history needs to be shown on Warren's homophobic rhetoric and actions.

Deborah   April 6th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

My son is gay and a veteran of our armed forces and I resent people like Rick Warren using the Bible to tell my son he's worth less because he's gay or who my son can marry.

Woody McBreairty   April 6th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

I thought the show was over and the fat man had already sung.
Guess he's back for an encore.

Krys   April 6th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

There may be good people who are muslims but what does the koran say about "Holy war" and "Infidels"?

I lived in the UK and worked with many and to my surprise there were even very young girls who laughed and said, I quote, "Those boys slap America right in its face. They deserved it"

To these people, the terrorists are celebrities/heros. I believe strongly in treating each person human and with love and respect BUT, do not sleep with a known enemy. Christians cannot go to Saudi or any other muslim country and dictate to them or take them to court to have them conform their laws or school system to christian beliefs. Why should we allow it?

Krys   April 6th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

Rick Warren is cool. Jeremiah Wright spoke the ABSOLUTE TRUTH! We just do not like truth!

The Obamas did America well overseas. I wonder if some Americans still want Palin or the others now? Now, am questioning some of Obamas stance but we will see, won't we?

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   April 6th, 2009 8:59 pm ET


Gouging is not inflation. Inflation is a euphemism for theft.
To control gouging, America needs a Department of Consumer
Affairs. Gouging steals from the consumer, other businesses
and shrinks the money supply.

To balance the budget and maintain a balanced money supply,
Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution gives the Federal Government three ways: To coin money and determine its value, to borrow money and to lay and collect taxes. The tax rate should be indexed and used to keep the money supply balanced.

If Cuba and North Korea can manage their economy while being
isolated by the world, maybe we should talk with them and find
out how they do it.

We should also talk to the devil; and maybe we could convert
him to some kind of religion; and maybe God will let CNN News beam him back to Heaven; and then we can all talk to each other and make peace. I never did understand why God didn’t dump the devil on planet Mercury or Pluto in the first place.

Gary Chandler in Canada   April 6th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Why are religions 'tax exempt' while fat cat Ministers drive Escalades and live in mansions with swimming pools?
I think the tax exempt status was gained when Pastors lived in little bungaloes, ate porridge and potato soup and every penny donated went to help the needy!
There is probably enough wealth tied up in Churches to pay for Health Care!

Hi from NY   April 6th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Too late...yes, it is probably too late for America to have a real brain....Obama is probably the best could happen, he is so GREAT and yes: HONEST, something unusual in this Country

Gary Chandler in Canada   April 6th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Christ suggested the separation of Church and State, but this fella wades in up to his nose.
He says it's okay to mix religion and politics!!! sheesh
and people buy it!!!

Hi from NY   April 6th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

I have a question: WHY do you accept comments like Terry, TX? she is one who will be happy is Obama fails, Obama is our President and he deserve respect ....poor Terry, TX, I am pity for her

Les Tager   April 6th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

What happened to tonight's advertised appearance of Joel and Victoria Osteen?

gigi   April 6th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Do you think President Obama is revealing the fruit of the spirit with his messages abroard.

Robert   April 6th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Rick Warren saved my life, my marriage and my family with "A Purpose Driven Life." Thank you Pastor

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Fame should not allow one to impede ‘due process’. Rihanna and Chris will be back together. Chris will beat her up again. Same story, different players. Personally, I do not see this newsworthy!

Judith   April 6th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

President Obama is doing what he camaign on by trying to bring peace.The Republican Party will down him at every turn going abroad and here in the USA.

He's doing what he campaign on here in the USA by cleaning it up.
The GOPs keep saying about our children and grandchildren of the debt but what kind of price would the Future Generation have if we wouldn't be cleaning up America right now?That is the most important issue.It's either pay now or later.

timmy   April 6th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

lol larry you called rhianna brianna....

RyanTV   April 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

While I think that everyone knows what happened with the couple, it will be difficult to make a felony case against Christ Brown without her testimony. It's blatantly obvious that she has no interest in perusing the case any further, cut the losses and stop eating up public resources with this case.

Timothy   April 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Chris Brown needs to be treated like everyone! He should have no preferential treatment. He needs jail and counseling.

Joshua Thacker   April 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Ok this time without links...

Please ask Warren these questions...

Rick, you have compared gay marriage to pedophilia. Do you really think that the gay marriages in MA and CT are morally equivalent to an adult raping a child?

Rick, what is your position on African nations criminalizing homosexuality and imprisoning gays and on American Christian groups like Exodus International encouraging Uganda to force its gays into "reparative therapy"?

Patrick from Bäle   April 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I don't know what homosexuals say about what the Bible says about homosexual relationships. Perhaps they say that they just don't believe it, and they want to do what they want to do. Ok, but it's still there in a 'good' book that, when people go against what it says, whether they believe in it or not, seem to have more not less personal problems, and which often affects cultural harmonies as well.

Jeremy   April 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I think it was very arrogant of Chris to plead not guilty in the assault case. I think he should be locked with all the other criminals that think its ok to beat women and not admit there guilt.

Greg Taylor   April 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Chris Brown should be punished just like anyone else.....stripped of all his endorsements........ he is such a coward!!!!

Tammy   April 6th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Somebody needs to do to these men what they do to their women. Love, yeah right!!

Mike   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I can't believe what I'm hearing. Defense Lawyers are the scum of the earth! No wonder our country is in the sad shape it's in.

He should be ashamed of himself.

Johnny   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Something just does not seem right about Chris Brown and his relationship with Rianna. I don't know how he can get forgiveness from her, let alone forgive himself for what he did! -Johnny in Florida

Mark D   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

this is not a domestic violence case. Chris Brown and Rihanna do not live together and are not married. there is no domestic in this issue. charges will be dropped and changed to assult and battery. do none of the judges on the panel realize this?

Desmond Taylor   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

What about her hitting him first, not one whats to talk about that. Asault is asault!

Bea Steelman   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Who is kidding who, we all saw the black eye, the next one will be worse

Daniel   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I think the most disappointing issue that has come from this event is that not enough men and men of color have been willing to make public their opinions. Young men need direction on how to deal with complex personal and social issues. Where are the men? Besides you, Larry King.

Rodney @ Hauula   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

If Cris Brown gets a plea deal it's only because of who he is–read celebrity. If this happened to an average joe there would be no plea deals. It would be go to jail, do not pass go, etc., etc.

Kristin   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

If Chris Brown is not held accountable for his actions toward Rihanna, the wrong message will be sent to young men yet again; specifically, African Americans. Domestic violence/abuse is not acceptable. No matter who you are, where you live, or if you are a celebrity. It is wrong and these actions must stop. Chris Brown needs to be tried and punished according to the law of this land. Should Rihanna not choose to testify against him, she is every bit as guilty as he is and will send an awful message to young women everywhere.

Martine   April 6th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

We need to speak up. It is bigger than the parties involved. It is about Domestic Violence. Why should it be treated any different? because they have money?

Y. Diaz   April 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Chris Brown needs to pay for the domestic violence and Rihanna needs psychological intervention for taking him back....

Cory Hahn   April 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I think Chris Brown should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. I feel he thinks he's above the law and he'll just do it again like O.J.

objourney   April 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Brian Citizen from Virginia- Larry, Im still wondering. What is to be said if she hit him numerous times first while he was driving, and he overreacted? I'm not excusing it. I'm just wondering Is she guilty of violence as well? Too many women get away with hitting men, because they know they can get away with it.

L Xavier   April 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

He should get jail time for beating her and she should get beat up again for taking him back!

Claire   April 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Hi Larry, I just wanted to clear the air and let the world know that most Barbadian women are not like Rihanna and would have ensured that Christ Brown got what was coming to him.

Sue B   April 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Why do we think that sentencing to jail is the cure all to real problems? Chris needs more than just to sit in jail and waste taxpayers money. Make him do something that will really make him think about what he as done, and jail isn't the be all end all answer.

Allen George   April 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What about the Parents Managers Assist,
they are two minors left unsupervised with lots of money an accident waiting to happen.

Rupi Gill   April 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

This whole case sickens me. Bottom line Chris Brown is a coward and has mental issues. His apology was embarassing. Up to this point he hasn't owned up to his actions. I believe that he truly believes he did nothing wrong and that scares me. He believes that he was acting in self defense. Give me a break!

Maria Meyer   April 6th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

How are Chris Brown's any different from the way the Taliban treat women and girls? We pretend to be appalled by the actions of men in other countries, but justify and turn a blind eye to what is happening here in the U.S.

Don   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Another case of presumption of guilt. This is still America. A person has the right to face his accuser. In any other case a first offender would not be vilified. is it because he is black and people are too ready to punish a young black male? He is not OJ. OJ is in jail.

Karen   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I agree totally with Jeanine Pirro These men are cowards and need to be held accountable. They beat up on women because they CAN!
It would be a real shame if Chris Brown is easily let off the hook for his behavior.

Johnny   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Also how could be beat on a girl beautiful as Rianna! I know two wrongs dont make a right. But, Larry honestly let me have 5 minutes with Chris Brown in a dark alley. I am sure I could get through to him you don't hit women.. Also like a good friend always told me, Treat a woman as if it was your own mother.

Bear Cub (   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Rich Warren is EVIL!!! He speaks hate and distrust of the LGBT!!! He wants to take away my civil rights to marry!! He should realize not everyone views "GOD" in the same light as he does. That not everyone should be subjected to his view of what "GOD" wants. I wish that he would keep his faith in the church and out of my life!

As far as Chris Brown, I hope he seeks help and that she does as well. I do not believe that any person (man or woman) should be hit!

Cheryl Mason   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Domestic violence is a societal illness.Chris Brown grew up in a home where this type of thing was common place. Chris needs help not jail! He is only 19 years old and his behavior demonstrates that he needs guidance in a structured and compulsory environment. Not jail!

angela   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

rihanna needs to come and say what she did to provoke all of this drama. eventhough a man is not suppose to hit a woman, i think is a victim also.

Cynthia   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Anyone who does physical harm to another is breaking the law, prosecuted and sentenced to time in jail or prison. Why should Chris Brown be any different? Let him go to jail, get counseling and upon release attend mandatory weekly anger management classes. This man will hurt her again as abusers always do!

evan   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Regarding domestic violence, your panelists make the ignorant assumption that domestic violence only occurs man against woman. My ex-wife physically assaulted myself and my children for many years. Domestic violence is not 100% gender-based. This country needs to address domestic violence, whether the perpetrator is male or female.

akamine2525   April 6th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

You know Larry,I don't say that I agree with Chris Brown's reaction in the case of Chris Brown vs Rhianna because it was wrong and just the fact to hit a person is wrong but what really gets to me in this case is that while the victim,Rhianna,is leaving it up to the judge and cooperating as well as getting back together it is sending a bad message to young people and those who have been in any type of abuse.What I can say I am angry about is that no one knew about the abuse and stepped in sooner.I've read many cases where a person whose abused can't go and leave the relationship but I think it just takes a very strong heart to leave the man and never have any contact with them let along where you live.I hope that Chris Brown is given no deal and sentenced to time in prison.My fears' are that others will see that it is ok to stay with your abusers.I was once in a relationship once with minimal abuse but I got away and never went back to the man.I knew his history too but still it is wrong and I don't know that if Chris is going to anger counseling it won't work but if he's trying it in a spiritual way I say go for it and see where it goes but it is my hope that everything will turn out better for the best.

Barbara   April 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

When women realize how valuable they are and treat themselves with respect, which means they will no longer tolerate men's mistreatment and not give them the time of day, then and only then, will the lives of women change.

Joshua Thacker   April 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Patrick, not everyone believes in the Bible or cares what it says. Homosexuality is biological and it is natural as it occurs in the animal kingdom as well. Homosexuality is caused by genes, hormones, and brain development.

Every fetus begins in a proto-female state. If it is male, the Y-Chromosome activates androgens to make it masculine. The androgens like testosterone make the brain and genitals masculine. However the brain tissue naturally resists this process. Due to this there is a continuum of high masculine brains to low masculine brains.

Donna   April 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Most abusers keep abusing and with each episode the abuser gets stronger and more violent. Unfortunately, unless Rihanna gets out now, I expect these beatings to get worse. Usually the victim has a self esteem issue. Rihanna needs counseling.

Ed from Marietta GA   April 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

What happened to Rihanna was wrong, however, throwing Chris under the bus is wrong too. Are we not supposed to be a "Christian nation" ? Where is forgiveness? Follow Rihanna and forgive and allow them to learn and rebuild.

Terry Quidone   April 6th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Chris Brown did not just give her a slap, he beat the hell out of her and would have done more damage if he wasn't stopped. He is a bully.

Mike Willis   April 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Regarding the Chris Brown issue, I want to give major kudos to Nicole Brown Simpson's younger sister. What she said about Chris Brown going to batterer's rehab and the chance to change deserves a lot of respect. This doesn't excuse domestic violence by any stretch of the imagination, but the American public needs to learn the concept of forgiveness, not letting things go, but realizing people can and do change. This is the only thing that gives any of us hope. I promise you that everyone of us falls short. The lady in the pink, saying that a batterer can't change is completely out of line. Does she truly believe people can't change? Does she truly believe she's that much better? Has she never made a mistake in her life?

Something needs to happen here so that Chris Brown can truly/honestly change, but he CAN change.

We need less condemning people like the lady in pink on TV. Anyone who's that condemning must truly be a hypocrite.

Thanks Larry! Keep up the good work! 🙂

-Mike from L.A.

Baltimore   April 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Chris Brown situation was a big bunch of nothing. At the end, Rihanna got back with him. So that cancels out everything. Cant help somebody, if they dont want to be helped. Thats her problem and something she will have to deal with. She dont want to press charges on damage done to her, oh well. Abuse in relationships happens all the time. Its up to the parents to teach their kids to end it before it get out of hand. Love is definitely more than just a 4 letter word

janet bartell   April 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I believe Chris Brown needs to get help to stop this vicious cycle he is so young and can be helped.

Jose   April 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I was so disappointed President Obama invited Rick Warren to give the invocation at such an historic inauguration. NOT because the pastor is against gay marriage, but because his hurtful words in comparing gay marriage to social evils like incest and pedophilia.

Al from Phoenix, AZ   April 6th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Rich Warren is EVIL!!! He speaks hate and distrust of the LGBT!!! He wants to take away my civil rights to marry!! He should realize not everyone views “GOD” in the same light as he does. That not everyone should be subjected to his view of what “GOD” wants. I wish that he would keep his faith in the church and out of my life!

As far as Chris Brown, I hope he seeks help and that she does as well. I do not believe that any person (man or woman) should be hit!

Lynda   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I think it's highly unlikely that Brianna would be cooperating with the D.A.s office if it weren't for her being a celebirty and how this could effect her career, her fans and how people are responding with her going back with Chris.

Alexia   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Chris Brown and Rhianna...

There is no excuse for any man beating up on a woman! Chris Brown has admitted to witnessing hos own Mother being battered so, why does he feel the need to hit Rhianna?! They both need some sort of counseling!!! I'm afraid next time he will kill her!!!

Sue B   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

If you want Chris to learn his lesson, sentence him to a year of working in a battered women shelter where he can see and talk to women that are victims.

Denis Brown   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Leave them alone ! She been living with the abuse.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

((( Fame should not allow one to impede ‘due process’. )))

Rihanna and Chris will be back together. Chris will beat her up again.

Same story, different players.

Tyra   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

People make it seem like Chris is the bad guy in this situation, when it is REALLY both of them ! Rihanna is just as guilty as Chris. No one knows EXACTLY what happened. You only know what you've heard so far. So no one has the right to judge any of them. We do not know what Rihanna has done to Chris. She obviously did something to provoke him, because no one would just beat you the way Chris did Rihanna. Not saying what Chris did was RIGHT, because it definitely wasn't but I really dislike the fact that he is such a terrible person to everyone, when women get beat EVERY since day and now that it happened to RIHANNA, the whole world has to stop as if this is something that has never happened before !

vinsy   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I think people forget that Chris Brown still a kid ,may be a star I don't think he is a man enough to understand the way he's been judged worst thing been on the spotlight.It's so sad for both of one is helping them ,they just using them

Jeremy   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I think that Rhianna is just a insecure girl who needs someone to show her a way out.

Armand Dotsey   April 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Larry, I'm slow to judge when I hear of a woman who's been in a physical confrontation with a man. Here's why,...I grew up with a sister which was 4 years older, and time and time again, she was in relationships with men that "supposedly" were abusing her. My family and I ran to her rescue countless times, rescueing and funding her trips across the country to get her away from the violence. Well, to say the least, I'm now 40 years old, and in hindsight, my other family members have finally been able to prove without a doubt that my sister was provoking most of these guys to the point that the vast majority of them were simply defending themselves against a woman that loved to bring violence into any possible situation, for whatever her reasons were. In summary, I don't condone what Mr. Brown has done, but I'm considerably more cautious in passing "automatic" judgement on the guy.

Jim   April 6th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Let me start by saying there is never, ever an excuse to hit a lady. Correct me if I am wrong, but, Rhianna was the one that first hit Chris Brown before he turned on her. She had no right to lay a hand on him just as much as he had no right to lay a hand on her. I'm sure if she never commenced the abuse, the following beating she experienced at the hands of Chris Brown would of never happened. As a lady it is very important to understand your actions can definitely trigger a reaction just like the one Chris Brown incurred. Think before you act.

shelli   April 6th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I'm glad the spotlight is on this issue. Unfortunately, it doesn't get better often times for the women even after they try to get out of the relationship. The courts much more often than most people would imagine, rule AGAINST women. I know of two cases currently in New Jersey where Family Court judges are ppoisedto give custody of children to the fathers who sexually abused them and the women are powerless to stop them because there is no oversight on these judges.

Corey   April 6th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I find it amazing that no one wants to discuss that what happened between Chris and Rihanna started off as a fight! Chris Brown did not just out right attack her and that makes all the difference. It is not fair to compare this O.J. Simpson or any other serious case that resulted in murder. Chris Brown is only 19 years old and has not even had time to mature into a young man while learning to control his anger! Come on people!

Alex Lewis   April 6th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I agree with the judge's statements about the message Rihanna is sending to young women. Because of Rihanna's decision to return to an abusive relationship it is now more important that Chris Brown be punished in a court. There must be some consequence for Chris Brown's actions, there must be a message that says domestic violence is never okay.

Keith Edwards   April 6th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Obama recongizes that his is one voice among many and is willing to consider other points of view. We also need to recongize that the United States also represents one of many voices on this planet. Communication is the key. We need to realize that cooperation, not competition, is vital to global survival.

I find it interesting that the same people who accuse Obama for not embracing bipartisanism are the same ones advocating islationism from the global community.

Tracey   April 6th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I feel sorry for both Chris Brown and Rihanna. Brown witnessed his mother being beaten by a man (stepfather) as he was a child. Imagine the repressed anger he has experienced and endures. When young children witness this type of behavior on a consistent basis–they think that is how a loving relationship should be. Rihanna is a beautiful young and very immature young woman. I am sure this has happened in this relationship before. They should part amicably and move on with their lives. The photos showing Rihanna's face are indicative of a very angry and controlling young man. Brown should engage in counseling with his mother as well–he has a history that he needs to work through-no stardom or money in the world can ensure that this won't happen again. She's probably too afraid to leave and should hire major security for herself when she breaks up with him.

Tyrone   April 6th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

What I don't understand is that domestic violence does not always happen by men. She has history of violence against family and friends. So who knows what happen that evening but those two. Maybee she's so reluctant too testify because she initiated the altercation. I'm agaist hitting a women, but it's sad that they are so ready to find him guilty. Let's find out what happened first

Lorraine Brown-Zanders   April 6th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I am a woman and a mother, I dont support domestic violence but the public is treating this like a media circus. Let's not forget we were not there and two He is a teenager which means it is not impossible to change. Rihanna is from the Island and Island women will hit. How do you like them apples

Phil R   April 6th, 2009 9:22 pm ET


Reggie   April 6th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Larry if Rhianna was my daughter I would be the person going to court because I would be in jail for beating his a– like he beat my daughter. Not once have I heard her parents step up to her defense. Maybe that's another reason why she's back with hit


Mark D   April 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Would everyone change their mind about Chris Brown if they found out that he caught Rihanna cheating? and that is why he lashed out? Does not one realize this is suppose to be an Assult and Battery case not Domestic Violence. I feel bad for Chris Brown he did this for no reason.

Tony   April 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Re: Chris Brown/Rihanna,

Why isn't anyone addressing the fact that some women provoke these incidents in their lives? There are voilent women out there that fabricate incidents just to be vindictive.

jose   April 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Rick Warren is a man of God. God bless him, HE IS DOING THE RIGHT THING! Why are people so surprised of his actions and preachings. We must all learn to understand that GAY MARRIAGE is wrong. (Though, "who are we to prevent it???" ... Only God can ...)
Who are we to say that ABORTION is ok? .... Who gave us the authority to decide who lives and dies??? Only GOD can!!

As human beings ... we have the freedom to do what we want ... when ever we want to do it ... ( now thats a problem )

abdalhaklim   April 6th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

i think the media is making big deal out of cris and rihana. it happens everyday around the country. i am not saying its right, it's wrong. but in this case i think they should send cris to anger manegment classes or jail anything like that. he is young guy and what he did is not crime.

Al from Phoenix, AZ   April 6th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

He did make the statement that gays are the same as a child raper!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Without directly asking Pres Obama, the reason he invited Pastor Rick Warren to the inauguration, I would assume that he did it for political reasons with the Republican Party. Obama stated he wanted to create a bi-partisan bridge. I feel this was part of that quest.

His church has been instrumental in helping the poor and needy in our area.

Barrett Blake   April 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I took an expensive anger management course looking for "tools to use" and discovered there are many types of abuse like verbal, mental and other abuses. What say your panel when the female victims use non-physical abuse and thus provoke violence? Statements that we learn abuse does not account that all creatures have a natural tendency to be physical… aren’t males naturally physical (as in sports, wars and children)? I believe we learn NOT to use abuse. What say your panel?

Cameron (St.Louis)   April 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I believe Chris Brown is completely innocent. I believe Rhiana flipped out because of a text on his phone. Started an arguement, and began to hit Chris Brown while he was driving. I believe Chris Brown pushed her off to prevent from having an accident. She continued to hit, and tried to force him to talk about the text, and she even tried to take the keys out of the egnition. I believe Chris Brown pushed her back with his free hand and her teeth hit the inside of her lip. If you look at the pictures, you will see there is just a little blood on the inside of her lip, not a busted lip you would see if someone punched her in the lip. The "witness" that called the police says they heard screaming. I believe this screaming is that of Rhiana over reacting to the text. It was a heated arguement, not a women screaming for help. She also picked up her cell phone, and instead of calling police, she called her assistant. The assistant did not answer, and Rhiana claims she pretended to talk to her even though she wasnt on the phone. The police report says that no voicemail was left on the assistants phone. But if Rhiana held a "fake convo" with the assistant, her voicemail would have picked up. As far as her forehead, she has always had imperfections on her forehead, which is why she wears heavy makeup, and hair styles with bangs to hide. The same 2 bumps you see on her forehead in the picture, are surprisingly similar to the bumps that her father has on his head. This is a family trait. The media has found Chris Brown guilty, and you have people like Oprah speaking as if she was in the back seat. Oprah may need to worry about why her "School for Girls" in Africa is having its 2nd sex scandal involving these poor girls being abused. Chris Brown's reps are making a HUGE mistake by not coming out with his side of the story. He has no gag order, and every second,day, and week he sits back and says nothing, the more the media and the world will demonize him. Rhiana has yet to release an official statement, expect for the one from her reps, that she is currently back recording a new album. Sounds like they are wasting no time to profit off of this scandal.

Tyra   April 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I think people should just let others live!
If people are gay, lesbian, straight or whatever.. why is it anyone else's business!
LET them marry! There is NOTHING wrong with it !

Al from Phoenix, AZ   April 6th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

He needs to stay out of my civil rights and keep his thoughts in the church!

Brandy   April 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Please play the clip of Warren comparing gays to pedophiles. It aired on your network originally.

Marianne from Utah   April 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

It is unfortunate the tripod of responsible parties in the Rianna-Jones affair have failed the public. Chris Brown for not taking responsibility for heinous actions against another human being; the justice system for winking at assault by working out a deal; and Rianna herself for modeling to young women everywhere the medieval attitude that women exist under the dominion of a powerful, male-oriented society is alive and well.

Tiana   April 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Did he really just label Chris Brown as a 'rapper'?? I will not go into the definition of what a rapper is, but to insunuate that Chris Brown is a rapper is horrendous. He is a POP artist. POP artists are labeled based on how many records are sold per year. In mainstream America it is sterotyped as the blond haired blue eyed portion of the music industry. RAPPERS, are sterotyped as the thug portion of the music industry. Chris Brown, in no way shape or fashion belongs to that way at all!! If, however. Chris Brown is a is Justin Timberlake..

Looease from Atlanta   April 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

None of the folks on the panel have any concept of real life. Don't blame Rhianna if she doesn't want to be a spokesperson for battered women. Let her deal with this in her own way. Also, Chris Brown is not a rapper. Even if he were, it doesn't mean that this behavior is accepted. Too much generalizations. I think they are all missing the point. Two people need help and they don't need people on the talk show circuit telling them what to do. Just because you have a title behind your name does not mean you know what you would do in that situation. Let them deal with this issue. They need time apart to heal and understand what has happened without the media. Yes, they are celebrities, but this is a very human and private matter.

Mark   April 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Rick Warren is honest and transparent. He speaks the truth in love.

Mike   April 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET


All men and women of our society should be thinking that this sissy boy Chris Brown punk should be severely punished – either by his "fellow" cell mates, or by bringing him to me! He is a gutless punk, most likely incapable of any measure of strength, some of which he is most incapable of showing while engaged in a physical confrontation with another MAN – that sissy makes me sick – and he'd be begging for my mercy after my first slap to his tender sissy boy face – he will cry while tasting my knuckles, over and over again!!!

Kala L   April 6th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

If you are gay, be gay and proud. Do not let what one man says negatively affect you if you truly believe that you are right!

Charlotte   April 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

He is skipping the issue. Marriage should be defined as two people loving each other.

Tali   April 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Yes, Rhianna is a 21 year old victim. I also believe that Chris( age 19), (if reports about his witnessing his mom being beaten are true), is also a victim. They both are in need of counseling. To me the more important issues at hand is trying to help them both, so that they both could be role models as young people who have problems, but could work through them with appropriate counseling. Additionally, all this talk about are their careers over???? For Gods sake we are talking about a 19 and 21 year old! Isn't Martha Stewart back on a tv show, after having been convicted of a federal crime?

Bob Hoppe   April 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Rihanna is not only young, but extremely stupid when it comes to matters like this. Too bad she loves the guy and can't reason properly. I really hope I'm wrong, but I think Chris Brown could be another O.J. Simpson. He appears narcissisitic to me.

Al from Phoenix, AZ   April 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

It was because Rick Warren said that gay marriage is morally equivalent to incest and pedophilia.

Rick Warren has also been associated with “ex-gay” therapy groups which are condemned by mainstream Psychiatrists and Psychologists.

Jose   April 6th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Pastor The bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. Read the bible more carefully.

stacy o.   April 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I would like to point out that Chris Brown is NOT a rapper and it was very stereotypical to assume so because he is black. And NO going to jail will not help his career. The gentleman who was speaking showed his ignorance to America.

LC, NY   April 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Rihanna is beautiful, talented, and very ,very young. She is making such a big mistake getting back with that woman-beater Chris Brown. Where are the adults in Rihanna's life? Is there and adult out there advising and protecting this girl?? He should be going to jail for what he did to her. This just makes me believe that she actually liked being abused and is back for more. Wake up Rihanna,

Mike Willis   April 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Rick Warren does NOT hate gay people, pls stop making this up.

Joshua Thacker   April 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Rick Warren is such a liar. He compared gay marriage to incest and pedophilia in two separate interviews. In one the interviewer even gave him a chance to take back or clarify his statement and he didn't.

Rick Warren did make a statement to his church and followers to vote for Prop 8.

Rick Warren has had an "ex-gay"/"pray away the gay" program at his church in the past.

Rick Warren has promoted leaders in Nigeria and Uganda that are for criminalizing homosexuality.

Rick Warren's church use to have a statement on his website saying that gays are not allowed to be members of his church.

I can't believe he is now saying he has never been anti-gay or anti-gay marriage. I can't believe Larry didn't challenge him on that.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

By the way, his church is the wealthiest church I have ever seen. He has technology in that church that matches live concerts. They have used the money to help others.

Tony   April 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Larry – their are two sides to a story. Lets not jump guns before hearing Rihanna's side of this incident. She could simply be one of those women that has the habit of beating up on a guy and Chris just got tired and fought back with first initial restraint. Maybe, that is why a plea deal might be in the making.

Medmond   April 6th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I have been a victim of domestic violence; there is a difference between victim and an active participant in domestic violence. You are talking about two different scenarios when you are the victim of true domestic abuse you do not get to call anyone trust me you barely get to breath. We live by this motto “If you don’t want to be hit, don’t hit and it’s worked for 32 years. If prevoked you do not know how you will react and depending on your background you may react diferently than Chris Brown not everyone react to a stimuli the same.

Peggy   April 6th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

If Rihanna is not willing to press any kind of charges against Chris Brown, then I don't think he should have to serve any jail time. How often society thinks that the only remedy for black men is jail. Why was the swimming star, who was pictured in a newpaper smoking marijuana, put in jail for his crime, when he undoubltly admitted it.

Cindi Heng   April 6th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I respect and admire Pastor Warren. Hope you have more people on the show like him.

Sandy   April 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I am still a fan of both Chris Brown and Rihanna and think everyone should leave them alone and let them heal their own way and let the judge rule! Everyone makes mistakes and as long as we learn from them we will grow to be stronger!

Billy from Scottsdale   April 6th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I would love to see Rick Warren and Michelangelo Signorile be on Larry King and talk about these issues!!!! I hear nothing but lies coming out of Mr. Warrens mouth!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

You should see his church... You think you were entering a 5 star hotel!!! You would never know it was a church due to the parks, pools, ponds, and so many more. It probably is 10 sq miles in size.... with at least 10-12 huge buildings....

CTaylor   April 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Even though Chris Brown has been put on public trial, let's represent him and give the facts straight. He is not a rapper, portraying him as one is only a way to say the sterotypes are true. Based on his music, he is a R&B/Pop singer as is Rhianna. His music equals that of Usher and Justin Timberlake, not JayZ and Lil'Wayne. What he did is wrong, but please do not misrepresent the boy, give the public the facts. That is the job of a journalist/news show.

Jacquelyn Johnson   April 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am sick and tired of men getting away with hitting women. For years, I was beaten by my father. He didn't stop until I actually had him arrested when I was 24! Chris Brown kicked, punched and beat Rihanna. He should go to jail ! If it had been anybody else, they would have been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

Baltimore   April 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Yes Jose, that is a problem. Being African American and knowing the struggle my ancestors went through to get freedom, it just kills me when somebody decides what a person can or cannot do. They really makes me extremely mad. Its wrong for a person to decide whether any man can get married, gay straight bi-sexual, whatever. Its all about image in this country. Like it just sends the wrong message out there to the kids thats its ok to be gay. Parents dont want that. But what can you do when they hit age 18 and become grown. They gonna live their life. Number 1 issue with Americans, is that they dont know how to mind their own business

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Yes, his classes can hold 5 thousand people because it is so HUGE

Sharon   April 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I DO NOT want my pastor EVER telling me how to vote on a particular issue or candidate. I will take my tithes somewhere else, thank you very much.

Sharon from NW Arkansas

Tony   April 6th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Agreed with Cameron from (St Louis) comment. I experience a similar incident with my ex and that is why I am divorced from this woman. We simply do not hear about violent women who likes to hit on men.

ava asmundson shevitt   April 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Pardon me Pastor but your comments are rather hypocritical.
How many people get your newsletters or publishing.
So you didn't take a speaking position or go on tour you still
wielded a very big stick on the issue. I for one want religion
OUT OF MY GOVERNMENT! You are influence peddling
and should not be tax exempt.

Jessica   April 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Warren says the gay marriage initiative wasn't even on his radar because he's concerned with "more important matters." Interesting how civil rights aren't considered important to a religious leader.

Carolyn   April 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Why do we continue to call this Domestic Violence. There is no binding relationship between these two. This was simply violence. Why is this news worthy? It speaks to the socialization process to which we subject our kids. Men be violent. Women and children, your place is to be the victim. We all have a roll to play in stemming the use of violence. It's about the value we place on the human life.

Joshua Thacker   April 6th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Homosexuality is biological and natural. It has to do with genes, hormones, and brain development and occurs in thousands of animal species too. Educate yourselves.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

His church is on top of a hill... well it takes the whole hill. You would swear you were entering the The Ritz-Carlton Resorts. I could not even believe it was a church. I finally saw a small cross on one of the buildings.

henya   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Hello Larry,
First I want to tell you that I love your show, but I have one request please address our President in more respectful way ,
you should call him President Obama,

Helen Gilbert   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Chris Brown is so guilty – physical abuse and verbal abuse should never be tolerated by anyone – he needs to go to jail, and she needs to make sure he does !!
I have been in both types of marriages, and left both of them because once a hitter – he will hit you again , or a verbal abuser I think is worse because it wears away at you everyday – and they will always do it until you stop it and leave the relationship. You owe it to yourself to leave this type of man or woman – they are the ones who have no self-esteem and no self respect. You are worth more than this !!

Jose   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Well Baltimore thats why we are seeing hard times and dealing with N.Korea because we dont know how to follow the bible. These are warning signs from god.

teresa golightly   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

send chris brown straight to jail he can get counseling be tried for attempted murder. thank god he was caught, before he kills her just as he has promised to do. PLEASE NOT ANOTHER OJ AND NICOLE.

Mike   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET


Please ask Rick this question:

If President Obama is a Christian, how can he be "pro" abortion?

Jim St. Amant   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Regarding not campaigning for the "yes on 8 "
He says- "I just put a mention in a little newsletter"
He has 150,000 pastors around the world that receive this newsletter!!!
I would call this campaigning!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

@ Sharon

Good for you. You are a rare bread of the "independent thinkers" Nice to see that...

Cervantes,Imperial Beach CA   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

In every Presidential election the Church is mobilized by :
A.- Gay marriage
B.- Abortion
that is the influence of Church on Goverment !

Kay   April 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Just wondering how Rick Warren can say that he is not against being gay, when he thinks that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Shouldn't all people have the freedom to marry whomever these so choose?

chase   April 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Rev Warren, I My life has changed dramatic after reading PDL. God loves you!

Kevin   April 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

How does Rev Warren feel about President Obama's comment on the US is not a Christain nation?

Jessica   April 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Follow up to Dodie from Irvine:

They even built a bridge to get the rich people to church faster!

Donna   April 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I just heard Rick Warren tout that materials things and money are just things. Tell that to the millions of out of work people that can't feed their kids, pay their light bill or get enough to eat.

James Boyd   April 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Rick Warren is one of the few sane people in religious America today. He always has something fresh to say and seems to come from a level headed place. I like it that he says you don't have to agree with everything someone says or believes to do good together.

Always enjoy when you have him on Larry.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Obama the anti-christ??? GOOD GRIEF... No wonder we are in the mess that we are in....

Patti Morgan   April 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Pastor, why doesn't our country get it. We were founded on faith and thrived before all these organizations decided to take God out of everything. We have gone steadily down hill by our own hands. We can't recapture our strength without God.

Jackie, Columbia, South Carolina   April 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I am sick and tired of men getting away with beating women! My father beat me and my mother for years. He didn't stop beating me until I actually pressed charges and had him arrested when I was 24 years old! Based on the pictures of Rihanna after being allegedly beaten by Chris Brown, Chris needs to spend some time in jail!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

@Jessica (((((((( L O L ))))))))))

Walter Stevens   April 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET


I've been trying to be a Christian for over 40 years, but now I'm beginning to believe that the world would be better off with no formal religions. It seems along with every religion comes a subgroup of violent extremists that keep the world in a state of perpetual war. Why can't the different religious groups focus on the things they agree on: kindness, honesty, tolerance; instead of the differences in details that then result in misunderstandings taken to the extremes of war?

Cheryl Mason   April 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Pastor Warren is not qualified to recommend a church for President and Mrs. Obama, he has no appreciation of or understanding of the African-American spiritual experience.

Jonathan Calhoun   April 6th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I would like to ask Mr Warren how he responds to the fact that a quick search will find his words comparing Gay people to pedophiles and murders? I know because I just did the search.

Sarah, NY   April 6th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The problem with Rick Warren is that he tries to be a likeable bigot; you see, Rick knows that the tide is turning with regard to the public's acceptance of equal rights for gays; this is especially true of the younger crowd and Rick doesn’t want to be seen as part of the old, stingy guard and lose followers.

Sorry, Rick, but I’m not buying the whole “I like gays” thing while you have encouraged denying them equal rights and treatment. Larry even caught him in his lie; first he said that gay marriage wasn’t even on his radar, but then he admits urging his flock to vote “yes” on Proposition 8 and writing about it in his newsletter.

I don't buy your nice guy act while you line your pockets. One only has to look at your church's website to see it's true feeling about homosexality and it's obsession with tithing to know where your motives lie.

Guess what Rick? We are a secular nation. Your church can define marriage any way it wants and marry whoever it wants, but you and your church have no right to decide who gets civil benefits and who doesn’t.

Kelli from Tampa   April 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Pastor Warren, how come Christian pastors do not address domestic violence in the Christian church. As a medical professional, we see wives of decons in the church all the time who are victims of domestic violence. Why does the church cover this up, instead of addressing this issue?

Tony   April 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Agreed with you Peggy! But, got to realize this is American justice

Bobby Roberson   April 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Im a preacher in Winston-Salem,NC I pray for the whole world to get to know god as thir personal savior.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Jessica... did you see his 100 foot media screen so those in the back can see him because the place is sooooooooooooo big the people in the back can not see him....

I don't even think a rock concert has a 100 foot media screen.

The nice thing is I can hear their music from where I live, and its like listening to ((( ROCK N ROLE ))

Billy Craddock   April 6th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Obama aint no christian

Cervantes,Imperial Beach CA   April 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The church ,in most presidential elections comes out with the excuse of ,
Gay marriage
Or Abortion
Is that a form of controlling the VOTE ??

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Hi......Kelli from Tampa

((( You go girl )))

Dan   April 6th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I heard about your new magazine and website. Why are you doing that? What's the reason?

gigi   April 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Where is Rihanna's parents especially her father???

Gloria   April 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I wonder if Rick Warren would go to a doctor who uses a book written 2,000 years ago. Why would he base a belief on a book written then?

David Webb   April 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Question: Does Rick Warren support the adoption of children by gay and lesbian parents?

Jeff   April 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Why do you have a picture of Gandi in your office?

Robin Hankins   April 6th, 2009 9:45 pm ET


Rick Warren skillfully redirected your questions about gay marriage and the outrage at Obama's choice to ask him to pray at the inauguration by the gay and lesbian community.

He dismissively began talked about his focus on Rowanda. What he doesn't do is speak out to the families of gay, lesbian and transgendered people about how important it is to accept glbt people as they are.
His clarity about the importance of full acceptance could save thousands of lives.

Baltimore   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Wow a plot was just ruined to kill Obama in Turkey. And you wonder why people would look at the Islam nation and say I dont trust them. People dont go for things under the dirt, they go by what they see and hear. And that makes people cautious

Ella   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Mr. Warren,
Yes, we're commanded to love everyone, including those of other faiths, but are we as Christians not also called to try to save them? I feel you're trying to sound so inclusive you may be diluting your message.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

@ Walter Stevens

I completely agree with you. We have not moved from the (Christian wars) Same story... different year

fernando bangcot   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hi rick warren,

what is your views on same sex marraige? yes or no?

Thank you,

Veronica Onassis   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Pastor Warren,

You just mentioned that you did not endorse Proposition 8. I am a gay rights activist and journalist therefore familiar with the controversy surrounding you being chosen for the religious invocation during the Presidential Inauguration. Tonight you also stated that you have gay friends. Do you expect the gay community to believe your story? Why?

SG   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Pastor Warren mentioned that there are 800 thousand Hindus in the world, actually it is 800 million Hindus in the world.

paula didonato   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

This guys is a total fraud. I'd have more respect for him if he admitted his anti-gay efforts. I watched his video comparing homosexuality to pedophelia. Asking people to vote one way or another IS certainly campaigning for a cause. He can go to hell with the rest of hypocrites.

Kimberly   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I just wanted to say I believe completely in prayer. I have had some deep prayer sessions with the Lord and today I was offered a job with the Census Bureau. Thanks completely goes to God for this.


Greg Weis   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Can Muslims or hindus go to heaven?

Steven Allwood   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hi Pastor Rick,
I was surprised to hear that you have a picture of Gandhi on your office wall. According to your book The Purpose Driven Life, shouldn't Gandhi be in hell right now?

Sai   April 6th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Wish to correct Pastor Warren about the number of Hindus in the world. He mentioned that the world has 800,000 Hindus but in fact, the world has over a billion Hindus.

John Valentine   April 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

a comment for Pastor Warren. Thank you so very much for your clear articulation and message of hope. As a minister who left active ministry for fifteen years and am recently returned I find your message hope and faith filled and deeply appreciate you and your message.

Kumar   April 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Larry, Praying to God will give you a peace of mind to come up with a good resume, and do well in a job interview – and that helps you get a job !! Simply praying will not help !!!

Luin   April 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Question for Rick Warren. Why am I a lesser person because I am a homosexual?

Patricia Allaire   April 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Pastor Rick indicated there are 600,000 Buddhist in the world. I think that may have been a mistake. As a practicing Buddhist, I note a number of things Pastor Rick that are very much inline with the Buddhist teachings. What does Pastor Rick think about Buddhism?

Lonnie   April 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Pastor Warren, Do you teach "hate the sin, not the sinner" when you discuss gays?

Gisela   April 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Rick, you are awesome!!!
DPL has helped many people I know find themselves and recover from addictions!

C. R.   April 6th, 2009 9:47 pm ET


I loved your book the Pupose Driven Life. However, my brother was injured in an accident and is paralyzed. Do you believe he could see a miracle?

Kelli from Tampa   April 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Dodie I was thinking about you Sat. night when the loon from Korea did his little "show".

Cheryl Mason   April 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

In response to "Mike": There is no question as to "if" President Obama is a Christian. Only narrow minded persons like yourself want to deny his already expressed religious preference. He has stated many times throughout his campaign that he and his immediate family are Christians. Just because he chooses to leave this private matters to the woman and her God, you brand him non-Christian. I believe that it is this same bigoted, judgmental thinking along with the failings of the Bush presidency that lead to the tumbling of the conservative right wing Christian party ie the republicans.

Sai   April 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Pastor Warren also mentioned that there were 600,000 Buddhists in the world which is grossly under rated. There are a few hundred million Buddhists in the world.

CINDY   April 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Pastor Warren –

We have been talking ALL day about the importance of President Obama's WORDS.....
Words are important!
ACtions also!
And when you tell your thousands (and by virtue of your trade millions) that you believe marriage is only between a man and a woman – you ARE infact condeming those relationships and supporting church policy.
Admit it?

Yankee   April 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Being GAY is a SIN in the Bible .................PERIOD..

Good luck in your journey to The afterlife above.............

Tim Holt   April 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I can accept the some people believe God created man, why do so many religions have a problem with me because I believe man created God?
Since President Obama represents all Americans of all faiths, it is irrelevant what church he belongs to. Whether he has faith or not is irrelevant. It's what he is as a President and human being that counts.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

@ Walter Stevens

I think there have been more wars in the "name of religion" than any other reason. Kind of reminds me of the Drug Cartels...

Laurette   April 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Since prayers and bible are not to be spoken about in school, could that be a reason for school degradations and kids being in drugs?

Sharon Wilson   April 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Do you believe all people who don't believe the same as you will go to hell...Jews etc?

rock   April 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET


Kyle C   April 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Does Pastor Warren still believe that gay relationships do not deserve legal recognition? Are civil unions and legal marriage equivalent institutions in his mind?

Lisa   April 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Pastor Rick, I am a BAC – (Born again Christian) I met God 20 years ago. I would like to know what your views are on the "Gun Ban" that this administration wants to put on our American citizens?

Billy from Scottsdale   April 6th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

RE:Patrick from Bäle
You need to keep your church out of my life and my marriage! Your god has no place in my life! Your "GOOD BOOK" is full of conterdiction. In one place it says not to kill and in another it says suffer not a witch to live. So either way you are sinning. If you kill or you dont kill, you are sinning. So take your book of stories and leave it in the church.

Joshua Thacker   April 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I'm glad to hear Warren now saying that he isn't anti-gay or anti-gay marriage.

But his words that he has never been anti-gay or anti-gay marriage is far from true.

He also lied when he said he did not compare gay marriage to incest and pedophilia. He did so in multiple interviews and like other have said a quick google or youtube search proves it.

Tim   April 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET


Please ask Pastor Rick Warren why I was treated so badley as a member of his church by his brother inlaw who is his assistant pastor.

The church is run by mostley volunteers, I took all volunteer and member classes to join the church. I was told to use my skills by god to volunteer at the church. At the 25th anniversary, I tried to volunteer my skills that god gave me, and yet I was told I could not volunteer and if I idid not like it, in so many words I could go find another church.

Ask Rick, why his church made me feel like I was not loved and was not cared about, why was I treaded so poorly, being treated poorly has caused me and my family to discontinue attending the church. Also, all the small groups he talks about, several I have tried to join, they people have treated me verry poorly and when trying to even set up a small group I could not get anyone to even return my call.

Very upset viewer.

Doug Stephenson   April 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

What are Rick's thoughts on stimulating volunteerism in a culture and world that is very "busy" with many other things...the church seems to come last on the list.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

That plan can not do much damage. 100 LBS of TNT is all it could carry...

johnny waller   April 6th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Larry, President Obama could have a pastor of his choosing come to the chapel at the white house for him and his family. How would they find a church that the secret service would clear?? most church`s have some type of criminal element within. Why put others at risk anyway if someone wants to assasinate Obama they might take out the whole church.

Veronica Onassis   April 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Pastor Warren,

Do you agree that the Mormon Church should loose their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for participating in Prop 8?

Should any church have the right to participate actively in homosexual civil rights issues?

Sharon Wilson   April 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Why do you think so many people have died in the name of Religion...don't you think it causes pregidious?

Linda   April 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Pastor Warren,
There may be things in the Bible which you don't understand but you have to agree that God created the institution of marriage between one woman and one man. He further makes it clear in His Word that homosexuality is an abomination. Maybe you nneed to review Genesis.

Rudy   April 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

What message do you have for world leaders concerning religion and diplomacy during this time of global economic hardship. How might nations of different values and beliefs come together to acheive unified goals?

CINDY   April 6th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Pastor Warren –

We have been talking ALL day about the importance of President Obama’s WORDS…..about muslims being friends, etc.
Words are important!
Actions also!
Words CAN and often do lead to hate.
I am a 54 year Christian, and when you tell your thousands (and by virtue of your trade millions) that you believe marriage is only between a man and a woman – you ARE in fact condeming those gay children of God and their relationships and supporting church policy and interpretation.
Admit it?

Lady Bridge   April 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Chris Brown needs to be held accountable for his actions and anyone else would. No special, celebrity treatment allowed.

Kevin, Hartford, CT   April 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I have some questions for Pastor Warren.

Besides tradition, what is the basis for his stance against equal marriage?

Second, since it’s the government, and not any religious institution, that gives people these civil benefits and protections and since his church can restrict marriage to whoever it wants, why does he care so much?

Third, Rick, are you a closet case?

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

@ Kelli from Tampa

Yes, I was watching it on CCTV. We had several missile destroyers deployed in that area to protect us if needed. Japan almost went to war with the DPRK. Their government had an emergency meeting to decide what they were going to do.

Greg Weis   April 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Cannot Muslims or hindus go to heaven?

angela   April 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I have been saved for over 30 years. With the right wings agenda and their own gospel, I became so discouraged with church, I cant go anymore. We need more Rick Warrens, I am so skeptical of these wimpy pastors that are so afraid to be Christ like, they have to stay in that comfortable right wing hater mode.

Melissa   April 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Pastor Warren,
What I hear in your message is what I and many in the conservative community believe – it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. I am not into what divides us, but rather, how we can help each other as fellow human beings. If a person is hungry or hurting, I don't care what their beliefs are, I just want to put my arms around them and help however I can. I have been involved in volunteer work at a local food pantry and when I look into the faces of these lovely people, I just want to offer a smile, friendly conversation, and a little bit of hope. Isn't that what Jesus would do?


Jennifer   April 6th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Doesn't the bible say that we are to kill all gays? AND parties of incest?
So how can anyone be a "follower' of the bible. HOW wrong is that?
People should either follow it or NOT. I say, NOT.

John   April 6th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Rev. Warren continually talks about coming together for bigger issues, yet he doesn't think its a big issue to single out segments of society and give them equal rights. There is a separation of church and state. Civil marriage should be available to all. Would Rev. Warren like it if the state came in and told him who he can worship? Probably not, hence he does not need to tell the state what constitutes marriage.

Alex   April 6th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

To pastor warren, it is written that the world hated Jesus so should we in return look for the world to love us and if so are we as believers followers of Christ.

Kelli from Tampa   April 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I cannot even imagine living in Japan for that event!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

@ Veronica Onassis

I feel all religions and churches should lose their tax exempt status!!! Why should they be treated any differently???

Lady Bridge   April 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET special message on April 19, 2009. I will be tuning in. Thank you, Rick Warren for your book, Purpose driven Life. ~ Lady Bridge

Josh H.   April 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

What happened to separation of church and state? Why would Rick Warren be allowed to speak at the inauguration, or anyone representing a religious position? If one religious position is going to be represented at any political event, then all religious positions should be represented. But, let's keep it simple: church and state should really be kept separate.

Jeffrey   April 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Yankee, I am straight and I would rather be in hell with our fabulous gay brothers and sisters than in heaven with a boring simpleton like yourself.

angela   April 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

You can be angry with Rick because he wants to follow Gods word, be angry with God if you dont like what the bible has to say. It is not easy for anyone to live godly, why do you think one demographic is exclusive?

matt benzor san berdo,ca   April 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hey rick how do feel about a president you endorsed who broke the laws and totured humen beings and was involved in a freemason secret society cult BUSH 41 is who I am talking about and was'nt jesus totured.

Rob Edwards   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I wonder if Rick Warren thinks that the Pastor Ted Haggard's life is still "purpose driven." Love is love, Rick. As a religious person, you should celebrate love and those who cherish it.

Joe   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Mr. Warren talks about working and coming together. How can we do that when people such as himself are telling the gay population they're not entitled to the same rights as everyone else? Typical hypocritical "Christian". It's ok as long as you're not gay, divorced or a virgin.

susann   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I wish more Christians had his attitude. Fundamentalist, Evangelical,Conservative's are giving all Christians a bad name.
I'm not Christian, use to be, but after 20 years of hypocritical, fundamentalism I have to remind myself that they aren't all that way.

adele   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

As a born again Catholic Christian, I cannot agree with many of president Obama's policies, especially abortion. He is the most radical pro abortion president. I also don't like his soacialistic mentality.
Also, don't you question the church he attended for 20 years and the hatred towards this country from hjis Rev. and friend.

DONNA   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I would like for one conservative leader or in this case pastor to explain to me how gay marriage will affect my hetrosexual marriage. I belive gay and lesbians should be able to marry, I am married and I have no quams about this, so how will this affect my life? To date no one has been able to answer this question.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Kelli. I have a home in China that is only 176 miles from the DPRK.... eeekkkk

Zia   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Why can't gay people have some sort of legal union and not call it marriage, call it Unity, call it Joining, call it something but not marriage. That way gay people can celebrate life together but not mess with the meaning of the religious significance of marriage.

David Newhall   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The pastor mentioned that he just does what the Bible tells him. Please ask him if he eats shellfish, which the Bible makes very clear is an abomination.

Carla   April 6th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Rick Warren is a man, who is truly annointed by God. The words he speaks and his convictions are based on the Bible and that's the bottom line. He speaks what he lives and lives what he speaks.

Michael Ijomah   April 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Rick warren needs to get a life. what does he mean he is doing the work of God? in the bible, one of God warns us to not judge others. as a pastor, warren should know this. i am not saying been gay is right, however God gave man freeedom to do as he pleases. So if gays want to get married, they should and we should leave it to God to judge them.

Lynn   April 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Iowa Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling making a law not allowing gay marriage void by reason of unconsitutionality. Are these judges all (unanimous decision) non-Christian or anti-Christian?

matt benzor san berdo,ca   April 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

excuse me Bush 43

Caleb   April 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Im A Gay Teen And Its People Like Rick Warren That Make Me Feel Sick, The Bible Also Says Not To Judge So Why Is He Judging? People Like That Make Us Gay Teens Feel Insecure About Ourselves Good Job.

Jeff Dawson   April 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

OMG...Rick Warren in on breath says he doesnt think its wrong for gay people to love each other but in the other he says marriage is just for a man and a woman....think back a century or so ago when we told the black man we think you are pl...but just 3/5th's as ok as we folk are....give me a break...a bigot is a bigot...

CINDY   April 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Pastor Warren

The Church WILL one day transform (as it has in past on other issues) on the gay marriage issue. Already in this country there are hundreds of churches braving the way against standard theological teaching of biblical interpretation.

God created some to be gay. YOU say people love – does that mean you mean it is ok for gay relationships? Just that they should be second class citizens over marriage? What are you saying?

Tim Holt   April 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I noticed Rick talked about the number of followers belonging to different faiths. He neglected to quantify the fastest growing religion on the planet, a direct result of education, the Atheists...

Denise   April 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

To the comment from the person who said she has a gay son and RWarren should not tell him whom he can marry: Rick's response had a very key phrase, which so many tend to overlook: RW, in saying that marriage should be between a man and a woman, said (paraphrase): "....I just follow the Bible, and HOW I INTERPRET IT...." People interpret the bible in different ways and that's something we shouldn't forget!!

Bruce McBride   April 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Paster Rick, as a devout christen I have always had a hard time seeing you on fox news because of how deviseive they are. How do you in your own heart deal with this kind of divisiveness ?

Jim   April 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

He's a liar- not a pastor-
and "his flock" is the right terminology for the type that fall for his trickery!

Warren: "I'm opposed to having a brother and sister be together and call that marriage, I'm opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that a marriage. I'm opposed to one guy having multiple wives and getting married."
Beliefnet Editor Steve Waldman: "Do you think those are equivalent to gays getting married?"
Rev. Warren: "Oh, I do."

judy arvin   April 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

To Pastor Warren
I get so tried of people refering to all believers in Christ as Evangicals
like we are some kind of a cult. We are just Bible believing Christians I Would like to be refered to as such. What do you think about this.

Jonathan Calhoun   April 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Baltimore said:

Wow a plot was just ruined to kill Obama in Turkey. And you wonder why people would look at the Islam nation and say I dont trust them. People dont go for things under the dirt, they go by what they see and hear. And that makes people cautious

1 threat in Turkey does not compare to the hundreds he's recieved from Americans. And you wonder why people would look at the American nation and say I don't trust them.

Lisa   April 6th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am also a PLWA. I was one of 6 people to aquire HIV from the infamous Florida dentist, Dr. Acer. I know now after coming to know my Savior that we all needed Him. We are all born into sin, sin is sin, there is none higher or lower in Gods eyes only in peoples. We like to catagorize eveything. Jesus came for me, you, the adulterer, the homosexual, the drug addict. We will be very surprised to see who made it to Heaven and who have not. God is open to and Loves every human being He placed on this earth. We just need to draw close to Him and allow Him to love us.

Judy Lane   April 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

From what we hear from Rick Warren, he comes across as a very intolerant person with a warped sense of superiority. People of religion are tolerant of others, unless he or she is a fraud.

Arthur Hawkins   April 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Pastor do you allow homosexuals to serve openly in your church?

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I must admit Paster Rick Warren is involved in community help. It is probably easy as his members are usually very wealthy. His thoughts are pretty progressive... but he has to be in this area or no one would attend his church.

Lisa   April 6th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Rick Warren is like most other born-again Christians who are also human. We all make mistakes, and instead of criticizing him, we should all be praying *for* him and his walk with the LORD.

Joshua Thacker   April 6th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

At the start of this program Warren said that he was never anti-gay or anti-gay marriage and that he didn't mind Iowa allowing gay marriage but near the end of the program he states that marriage is suppose to be one man and one woman.

This man speaks out of both sides of his mouth and lies. He lied when he said he never compared gay marriage to pedophilia.

Why didn't Larry call him out on these contradictions? Why won't the media ask the tough questions?

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

@ Jonathan Calhoun

You said:

1 threat in Turkey does not compare to the hundreds he’s recieved from Americans. And you wonder why people would look at the American nation and say I don’t trust them.

I completely agree with you. My biggest concern is that someone might succeed....

Probably one of the drug cartels LOL

Jessica   April 6th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Dodie –

That's hilarious. I actually haven't been there in about 15 yrs because I was asked never to return. I wish I was making this up – when I was in Jr High, I refused to sign one of their "purity" cards at a youth service so they kicked me out.

Everytime I visit my parents, who live close by, there's a new addition to that place. Last time my husband and I drove past it, he said, "Wow, what business is over there? It's nice!"... yeah... it's not TECHNICALLY a business...

Wanda   April 6th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

My mother recommended I read "A Purpose Driven Life" a couple of years ago. I just got around to reading this wonderful book this past summer. It changed my life. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!

Thank you pastor Warren.

CINDY   April 6th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

You speak so great about our differences in the world – NOT the job of Christians to convert Muslims – That it is OK to be and think different on issues BUT important to work together....
Why then – are gays isolated out?

matt benzor san berdo,ca   April 6th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

When are mega pastor's going to stop endorsing tyrant dictator's like the bush's as a believer in christ I feel when you do that you endorse everything they stand jesus did'nt endorse any politician

Dan   April 6th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Pastor Rick-

You are truly a gift to the American society today. We are a country beset with problems, all of which are being compunded further every day that President Obama continues to talk us as a nation down to the rest of the globe.

Please continue your efforts to reach the faithful, the unbelievers and the lost, so that .

Thank you, Dan, Mission Viejo, Ca

Jeff G   April 6th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I once began reading Rick Warren's book, Purpose Driven Life and had to STOP at the first sentence in Chapter 1: "It’s not about you". I walked away from the book at that point not to return yet, because I learned all that I needed to know about myself (the core reason to my problems in life). I couldn't gain anything further from understanding this trivial, but extremely hard truth about mankind. It's essential whether you are a Christian or not. This life is NOT about US! It sheds light in one sentence root of all societal evil, the fact that we feel that we ARE the center of the universe. That we are each god, but that's a tainted philosophy, it's the slippery slope. It's the core of all evil, it's the reason why Lucifer fell from God's grace and became Satan (if you believe in such). Everyone thinks they're ENTITLED to something. Stop with the first sentence of Rick's book and don't go further, it WILL NOT help you UNLESS you first can accept in your life both intellectually and in your heart that this life is NOT about you!

CINDY in Wahington   April 6th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

There is no justice or equality if one group (headed by a pastor as you) interprets love to mean some should be isolated from the table at communition, from teaching in the church (Sunday School), from singing in the choir, of marriage.
Why is the untruth and mis information still dominating a theory of God's love that divides people, causes hate? Why is it so hard for you to accept homosexuality is NOT a sickness to be healed nor a sin to be forgiven?

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Jessica... yes when they were building it... I thought... How nice to have a huge resort area so close. I did not even know it was a church until around 5 years ago because I heard the rock n role music and thought it might be a live concert like Irvine meadows. So I drove up to it and someone told me it was a church. My jaw hit the ground. I said were is the "cross" and they pointed to this little on on top of a huge building...

Yes, I heard of the purity stuff... and just giggled.

I am sorry they kicked you out for that reason...

Joe of Texas.   April 6th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Pastor Warren,

The Church of Christ has just recently changed its position on gay and lesbian issues. Their example of being more inclusive on issues seems more to me about God's love for all people then what you appear to be talking about.

Kelli from Tampa   April 6th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I do not know why anyone would even care what Christians believe. Just come to any ER or social service agency and see how many women and children are physically abused by their "Christian" husbands and deacons in the church. They think by ingnoring the problem no one will know. But medical professionals know....believe me!

Cheryl Mason   April 6th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Our President, Mr. Obama gets more threats on his life from everyday Americans. The angry white males to start with, the Rush Limbaughs and his lock step followers, the committed racist that would rather see our country fail rather than acknowledge that a President who happens to be black will lead us out of this. Since Mr. Obama became a candidate for president the incidents of racial hate crimes has increased 50%. We Americans must accept that we are all on one ship called earth and this ship is in a "Perfect Storm" for annihilation if we don't change our attitude from hate and fear to love and acceptance.

Arthur Hawkins   April 6th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Pastor I agree with your stand on homosexual, people will come up with all kind of reasons to live the way they want to. Most of the time they start with "who is he to say we can't........

Billy from Scottsdale   April 6th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

We have our (LGBT) Churches to marry us. We are not protesting for your church to marry us. We are asking for a CIVIL MARRIAGE!!! Not one that is done in R.Warrens Church! How would a gay marriage cause harm to your str8 marriage?

M.J.   April 6th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Regarding "world view", I do not support stigmatizing other religions and I also do not support the idea of the U.S. as a monolithic theological mindset. It seems there is a great deal of "pot stirring" among the some media and some "Christians" to stereotype all Muslims as extremist. Islam certainly doesn't have a corner on victimizing its adherents.

I'm a protestant Christian by choice, but I recognize that it is MY choice and is LARGELY (if not wholly) influenced by being born into an exclusively Christian society. Other people are born into different religious societies and they believe equally in the faith into which they were born. In general, people follow the path of faith into which they are born and/or nurtured.

This doesn't seem difficult for people to get but yet they can be so hostile and fearful of "others".

Ann Cook   April 6th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

What do you say to a new believer who is doing everything right, reading the word, praying, going to church, etc. and her entire family is comprised of unbelievers. Her life is spiraling downward – her husband of 30 years is having an affair, for the first time in her life she can't pay her bills, nothing has ever been worse. What can you say to people in her position?

Yvonne Weinstock   April 6th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

1) I read in the Bible "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth." This would contradict some of the religious right's negative comments towards President Obama.

2) Even as an American Jew, I believe the creation of the State of Israel, under the circumstances at that time, which were complex, is the root of the hatred we see today between Arabs and Jews. If everyone would take a minute to read the recorded history, they would see how the decision-making at that time was made under pressure by politicians, not the common citizen. (What else is new?) The native Palestinians already living there, and the Jews, desperate for a place to call home, made a million times more urgent by the Holocaust, never had a chance to meet and discuss the situation before it was already upon them.

Denise   April 6th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Pastor Warren says "we all need to come together", how can we come together with other countries, other religions when our own people cannot get along. When our government, republicans and democrats go at each other, still, even in these desperate times. The President gives people some hope by being positive and that little bit of hope might keep someone who is desperate from doing something crazy, so much is happening in the common people's lives. But then the republicans will be all over tv knocking that little bit of hope down and leaving a lot of people feeling so hopeless again. Maybe people like Pastor Warren and others should rally to stop all the negativity that the republicans are sending out, just to prepare for the next election. I vote for the person, not straight down the party lines. I am an Independent voter but the republicans are doing nothing but making me angry and frustrated, I may never be able to vote republican ever again. They need to put the country first and the people that are in desperate need first and rebuild our nation and forget about their little party lines at this time!!! Thank you. Love your show Larry, watch it every night!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

@ Kelli from Tampa

I completely agree with you and so does the psychological world.

Yvonne Weinstock   April 6th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

MJ: I appreciate your comment: In general, people follow the path of faith into which they are born and/or nurtured. A simple truth.

Yvonne Weinstock   April 6th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

to Tyrone : Maybee she’s so reluctant too testify because she initiated the altercation.

It is hard for men to understand because it's not your nature, but women act the way they do sometimes because they are afraid, bottom line. Being physically attacked is a scary thing even if you are a woman with a big mouth and irritating, it's different than having your head slammed into a car window or whatever. Women aren't born with a "killer instinct" we're more like deer caught in the headlights.

Kelli from Tampa   April 6th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Yeah Dodie! Let's pass out 10,000 bags of food to reduce the guilt from beating our wives last night...give me a break with the "Bible Stories"

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

@ M.J.

You are what I call a "normal and healthy" religious person. It does seem to me lately that there are many more extremists or maybe the media is noting it more

Melinda in San Diego   April 6th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Patrick needs to understand that if he is preaching to his followers that "gay marriage" is wrong then he is an activist. He is acting (releasing his opinion to a large group of people who look to him for religious guidance) thus an ACT-I-VIST against Gay Marriage. Claiming that because he has not endorsed a proposition but then agreeing with its premise is creating a difference where there is not one. It is like a White Male claiming that he doesn't march with the KKK but tells his parish that God doesn't believe that Black people are equal to White People. Creating distance from the "activist" yet agreeing with their premise makes you – an Activist! Using the Bible to back up your argument is cowardly. I dare you to find any passage in the New Testiment that shows that marriage is between and man & a woman. More importantly, Patrick, you are missing the mark – we want the State right, not the Religious right to have gays marry each other. If we used the Bible as a guide for marriage then polygamy would still be legal, children under 18 could get married without parental approval and women (only) would be stoned for committing adultery. I think that society has evolved the definition of marriage from the days of 2000 BCE; hopefully we will continue to Include ALL of God's Children.

M.J.   April 6th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Thanks, Yvonne. Understanding this has led me to want to understand more of how and what people of different faiths believe. And also to realize we have so much MORE in COMMON than we have that is different. EVERY religion has its extremists, who, though a minority, are ultimately destructive to the central beliefs of the religion.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Kelli (((( LOL ))))

Barbara   April 6th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

There is as much prejudice in all of the statements above as anywhere except for very few. I would challenge most of you to 6 mos at Celebrate Recovery and a view point based on fact. The source of wealth associated with Pastor Ricks church is based on the devotion of people who serve God not their pastor. I have benefited personally by the grace of God. I submit my life to God for His purpose. We are all human and sin. Pastor Rick, I have learned through CR, Let Go, and Let God. Thank you and God's Blessings.

Nichelle   April 6th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Pastor Rick, I've read and re-read Purpose Driven Life, I use it for daily spiritual guidance. I find it gives me just the 'food' I need to continue on His path. I'm ashamed to say that I have yet to complete the bible, in fact I find that I get lost after the begats;-) I see that you reference many versions of the written word, which would you feel is best for a first timer?

Patrick from BâIe   April 6th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I don't know what the gay or homosexual community says about what the Bible says about homosexuality. Perhaps they say that they just don't believe it. They may accept some things in the Bible but when it refers to them they don't accept it because they just want to do what they want to do! Nevertheless, it's still there, a warning against, not so much the orientation or desire, but the 'behaviour.' Why? It's a good question. The Bible seems to be a 'good' book , maybe even more than that, but as is so often the case, those who often go against it, whether they believe in it or not, seem to have more personal problems and even adversely affecting cultural harmonies.

Perhaps, in this case, the Bible was giving practical advice. There is information that indicates when two physical, especially male, bodies of the same polarity come together in a sexual union, the life force tensions –like magnets– often generate there own venereal diseases, which can then be passed on to others through the fluids in the body. Perhaps HIV didn't come from monkeys, but from human beings acting more like animals than humans. I suppose the gay community can say they don't believe it, but then they have to take a chance and just do what they want to do!

M.J.   April 6th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Hey, Dodie!
I'm turned off by the commercialism of modern Christianity and the mega-church concept that consumes peoples lives and overtakes personal responsibility to ask their own questions and make their own thoughtful choices. No different, in fact, than being swallowed whole by any other ideological giant. The "gotcha's" and the lack of a supportive environment to come to your own conclusions reminds me of the movie, "The Lives of Others."

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 10:53 pm ET


It is refreshing to hear someone like you. I am not religious but respect the beliefs of others... I have noticed some radical thinking from people who claim to be Christians...

RUDY   April 6th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Dodie from Irvine CA

I have been a member of Saddleback Church for a few years now and based on your comments I realize you are insulting a place that you really do not know.

There are many crosses throughout the campus….but you wouldn’t know this from looking at the campus from the toll road.

The rock and roll you mentioned is a venue called OVERDRIVE. It is a worship area that mixes a bit of Christian rock and roll with the actual message from the main worship center. They also have a venue called ELEVATION for single adults, EL ENCUENTRO for our Spanish-speaking members. These different venues are to promote fellowship among different groups of the Church.

The key point at Saddleback is to allow individuals to form a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dodie…I have just said a prayer for you. I hope you can open your heart and feel the true joy of living your life as God intended.

God bless you and your family.

Rudy   April 6th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Pastor Warren, as you already know 20 leaders from nations who represent 80-90% of all of the wealth in the world have come together to initiate plans that will potentially generate economic growth and development around the globe. We've seen President Obama emerge as a mediator between these leaders, by bridging the gap between their differing interests to agree on taking actions necessary in solving some of the worlds economic problems. What are the prospects of us seeing the religious leaders of these nations come together to initiate similar plans, and what are the prospects of you emerging as a mediator of such a group?

Yvonne Weinstock   April 6th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

@ MJ: Maybe the megachurches and commercialism is to get more people to participate in religious activities. It seems Churches/synagogues/mosques(?) are always trying new things to get people to actually show up in person. I like your way of looking at religion and also understand your skepticism. I think sometimes decisions are made without an agenda other than "let's see if we can get people to come to this or that..."
I was brought up when kids learned the Golden Rules in elem. school. One of them was "don't do (or say) anything to somebody else that you wouldn't want done or said to you" or something like that. It isn't a religious tenet, just basic common decency. The saddest part to me about extreme Islam is that they don't value life on this earth for themselves or even for their own children. It seems impossible to un-learn something as terrible as that.
Think of all the innocent people, animals, trees, birds, ocean creatures, that get killed in the name of pride. Pride goes before the fall. Mankind is bringing about its own destruction. For what?

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 11:06 pm ET


I was inside the center 5 years ago and was looking for a cross as I thought it was a resort area. I am NOT Christian... but I respect the beliefs of others even though they are NOT mine. I have referred women in domestic violence relationship to your church as I knew your church has the money and would help them.

Yes, I know about the Christian rock n role music. Actually, the music is very nice.

I am not criticizing your church. I was just amazed as it looked like a a 5 star resort area.

RUDY   April 6th, 2009 11:12 pm ET


Thanks for the reply and have a great evening.

By the way, please join us this weekend for the Easter celebration. We will have 23 services over 4 days starting Thursday.

You can get details on the times and venues at the Saddleback website.

God bless.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 6th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

Rudy. Good night! Have a wonderful week...

M.J.   April 6th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

Hey again, Dodie. I've been working a lifetime to boil down my core beliefs to my own basics (REEAL simple) and everything else is speculation and up for interesting discussion and theorizing. I've pulled myself out of mainstream Christianity because there seems to be so little tolerance for any individual thinking (history of the Christian church for the most part.)

@Jessica, anytime anyone insists you to "sign a statement" or take a vow of belief or promised behavior then they've passed WAAAY over the line of anything remotely biblical, if that's the basis for their beliefs. That's just Christian extremists a few steps removed from the Taliban extremists beating a young woman for being without a family male to accompany her. Nasty people and nasty stuff!

jack   April 7th, 2009 12:08 am ET

Anyone that seriously injures another, male or female, some serious jail time. That is the message that we the people can send.. Sidenote:Peopele who commit violence against others Should be in prisonn , not for people who have committed victemless crimes.

brookeee monster   April 7th, 2009 12:11 am ET

i'm absolutely disgusted with the way ppl are ignoring this. SHE WAS BIT!!! like a dog would do. i agree with jeanene pirro. the abusers of women are cowards!

Darrel Smith   April 7th, 2009 12:12 am ET

i believe he should be put in jail!! if he hit her once he will continue to do so!!

Kay T   April 7th, 2009 12:12 am ET

I think that Rihanna definitely needs to testify against Chris Brown and if she doesn't do that it would be an upset to every female in America. It would be showing weakness to the fact that he did violate her rights as an American citizen. She should stand up for every female that is in her fan database.

Stephanie Williams   April 7th, 2009 12:13 am ET

First, I'd like to start off by saying that yes it wrong for men to assualt women. But the real fact that the world must face is that some women like abuse it makes them feel loved and gives them attention.
If Rhianna is or was scared she could have that "BLACK MAN" put away no matter how much money he has look what happened to Tyson... My point exactly

Jordan Anderson   April 7th, 2009 12:13 am ET

I think it won't go to trial because Rihanna is back together with Chris and she won't want him to go to jail because of this. If it does it will be tough for the prosecutors.

jeplag   April 7th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Chris Brown should have the judge that is on your show tonight that will put his feet to the fire he is not going to get anythng for doing this if he is just let go

Richard   April 7th, 2009 12:13 am ET

It is unfortunate that we talk and advocate for domestic violence prevention, only after the victim (Black Males) now turned perpetrato (Chris Brown). Chris stated he saw his mom being beat, where was the talk then? Kids see this, grow up and think that this is what love is, but do we not learn from what we see in the home and on TV? Even as Chris Brown apologizes and seeks treatment we show him and young children how Hateful, UnForgiving, Un-Christian we really are!

Maria Bott   April 7th, 2009 12:14 am ET

i was wondering where is riannah in all of this? how come shes not speaking up? were just left with all these rumors, how come shes not speaking up for herself? this sends a bad example to ourt young girls. even if we werent there speak up, show some concern for your young fans rihanna! i love you! i wish you the best!
-Maria Bott <3

Bob Scopelleti   April 7th, 2009 12:14 am ET

He is simply a coward who's a tough guy with women. He should be punished just like any other coward like him. No special treatment because he's a celebrity.

james   April 7th, 2009 12:14 am ET

Larry the three women are defending the female rhianna and the one male is defending the male chris brown they love each other stuff happens let them be!!!!!!!!

Courtney   April 7th, 2009 12:15 am ET

this case is a disheartening example of how the legal system is failing young women by allowing domestic violence to continue without proper punishment. Chris Brown is a pathetic excuse for a man and a despicable human being who deserves to go straight to jail for his horrific actions, actions which clearly illustrate his belief that he is above the law. if this case flys off the radar with minimal punishment, it will only be a diservice to those in society who suffer from domestic violence and feel that there is no justice. we MUST make an example of brown that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated by the american people, and our society.

Zai Floyd   April 7th, 2009 12:15 am ET

It is so sad that in this day and age anyone would deter the LEGAL prosecution of an illegal act. How do we call ourselves civilized? Any battered woman can attest that his assault did not come out of the blue. That people chose to ignore the signs is another matter.

This is just exacerbated by the fact that they are famous. This is the time to set an example to our young girls and young boys.

Tara   April 7th, 2009 12:16 am ET

It really amazes me how people no what happened like they were there...I do and will support chris brown, yes he may need help but I know he's not a bad person!!!

joanne duran   April 7th, 2009 12:16 am ET

Chris Brown needs to be tried to the full extent of the law. He is a bully, a batterer and he needs to feel the full arm of the law. I liked him as a preformer, I will never purchase anything he is involoved in again. Rhianna is wrong to be involved with him and she is guilty of leading young people astray on this issue. I will not buy her products until she stops supporting her batterer. Chris Brown in a criminal their is nothing cute, formal or acceptable about him or his behavior.

Kim   April 7th, 2009 12:16 am ET

The justice system is a joke. This disturbed young man will get off because he has a shrewd lawyer who found a technical glitch in the law. Twisting the truth happens everyday in courts all over America. It will never change. Just like simpson, the whole world knows he did it. The message it sends to young women and young men will be impossible to reverse.

Maria Bott   April 7th, 2009 12:16 am ET

i belive this will injer their carrers. what ever happens in the court room innocent guilty, it wont matter, look at oj simson, he was asumed innocent, yet his carrer was shot after that. same thing might happen to both of them!

John   April 7th, 2009 12:17 am ET

My 19 year old daughter was beaten by her 24 yr old boyfriend. He went to jail and anger management classes. Over my objection, she was talked back into the realationship by this smooth talker. He promoised never to hit her again. Six months later, he did it again! These cowards always strike again! My daughter is now back home and safe.

Angel Gamboa   April 7th, 2009 12:17 am ET

The best thing so far to happen was removing Brown from the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. This I believe sends the message to our kids that this type of behavior is not acceptable.

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byron hebert   April 7th, 2009 12:18 am ET

things like this happen everyday and thats what needs to stop.famous people make news,but at what cost,ithink we have to look at the big picture

peanut   April 7th, 2009 12:18 am ET

Larry... first time blogger... but here's my question... Why is known one talking about their record deal? Who is he or she signed up with? What type of back door deals are being made? It seams as if bigger deals are being made other than what we hear... Who are they both signed up?

Randy Moore   April 7th, 2009 12:18 am ET

I feel sorry for Rihanna for her pains and Chris for being portray as a mongstar. This seems to be the first time this has occur. I don't approve of Chris's behaviour, if found guilty he should be purnish to the fullest extent of the law. Let us not run into conclusion that Chris is a mongstar. These are kids lets give them the support that they need

javier   April 7th, 2009 12:19 am ET

I think its time to stop leting these stars get away with all these laws they break it seems like cause of the money they make they get away with everything but if it was some one like me i would of be in jail a long time ago and not on TV .And he should be sent jail but then again money talks and beaters walk

Don   April 7th, 2009 12:19 am ET

I listen to the females on your show about abuse and get angry about them sayng the men should be punished. Did they ever do a study on the men that get abused.They would be alarmed at their finding.

Gail   April 7th, 2009 12:20 am ET

After watching tonight's show I just wanted to thank Rhianna for letting young woman everywhere think that it's okay for their boyfriends to beat them up. How terrible for her the victim and all young woman.
Gail (I'm the mother of a daughter)

arthur   April 7th, 2009 12:20 am ET

Re: chris Brown.
Larry keeps referring to Jeanine Pirro as "Judge Pirro". Reminds me of commercials in the 70's when spokesman says "I'm not a Dr. but play one on TV" as if that gives him credibility.
Pirro? – what a joke.

Arthur from Westchester.

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Darcell   April 7th, 2009 12:22 am ET


Although I believe domestic violence is a real problem.Chris brown is a 19 yr. old young man.Regardless of whether or not he made this tremendous mistake he too can come out on the side of this a better person.The only people that don't seem to think so are the older women who are so perfect .

Judith Trickey   April 7th, 2009 12:23 am ET

I just heard,on your show, a defense attorney talk about what's best for the victim. He almost made me sick. Let's be honest here, and say that we think Chris Brown has a good chance of simply walking away from the consequences of his actions. Not for the good of Rihanna, but for his own. This man who hurt a woman is not a monster, only the product of a society always ready to forgive and forget the cowards who strike women. We all created him, simply by looking away every time a bully had his way.

Every day, I tell my four daughters that no one will ever be allowed to hurt them and get away with it. I can't protect them from all the evil of the world, but I can make sure they know their value and recognize the cowards who walk among us for what they are. Your defense attorney should be ashamed.

Kim   April 7th, 2009 12:23 am ET

I wonder if any of his kids or grandskids are gay, how he handles it? Cure the kid by preaching the holy bible and holy water? Come on....evolve pastor.... Be more scientific and get real. Do fool your followers around with faith and religious belief.

jack   April 7th, 2009 12:24 am ET

The media has portrayed this sad photo of this battered lady. The implication is that men are brutes and this is what happens and the woman has no recourse.

Garbage. This woman is a wealthy celebrity, and she CAN do something , and should. Never speak to that weirdo again...and prosecute him to the utmost the law allows. And as for the young women that are his , groupies, you are stupid.

Mary, Norcross GA   April 7th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Yes Larry, Chris Brown must be punished, he must not be able to get away with a not guilty plea. We all know he beat this young woman, and if she can't stand up for herself then the Law must do it for her. The District Attorney maybe saving her life and she is too dumb to know it.

Men who beat woman do it because they do not expect to get hurt, they do no think that they can be punched or hit back and it will affect them. Since they are naturally stronger than woman, they should be punished each time they use there fist.

Question Larry: If Brianna was beat up like this by a stranger, just out of a crowd of people would she press charges? Then she needs to think of him as a stranger, unless she is some time of massacres.

Randy   April 7th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Lets listen to both sides of the story before passing judgement, and we might either condemed Chris or sympatize with him for being pushed to the edge.

Bessie   April 7th, 2009 12:25 am ET

If Chris Brown and Rianna gets back togeather, it's because they both really want to be togeather. But this fight WILL occur again. and next time Chris Brown might be the victim. And it could very well be a worse injury or, God forbid, fatal. A woman will usually be ready to defend herself the second time around.

Zora   April 7th, 2009 12:25 am ET

I am very disappointed in Rihanna's parents, where are they? Who is guiding this young girl?

I have purchased my last cd of either of these young artists.

Just Me   April 7th, 2009 12:25 am ET

I think that Chris Brown shows no remorse for what he has done to Rihanna and should do time for it. Don't let his celebrity status buy him a slap on the wrist and he'll just walk away as if nothing has happened. I feel that if Rihanna takes him back, she's a BIG FOOL and it's unfortunate she will have to learn the hard way that she deserves to be treated better and that she is a much better person than even SHE thinks she is. If Chris Brown isn't punished for what he did, he is getting the message that he can beat up on women and get away with it. He WILL beat a woman again. If not Rihanna, then it'll be someone else. This is not the last time Chris Brown will be in the news for beating a woman. Once a woman beater, always a woman beater. It's a gene that doesn't disolve and go away.

madeleine   April 7th, 2009 12:26 am ET

I can't believe you are putting Warren on. Talk about glorifying hate.

Bryan   April 7th, 2009 12:26 am ET

While I appreciate Rick Warren's explanation of his criticism on Prop 8, he in fact sent out an email to his followers (pre-election) urging them to vote YES on Prop 8.

Mike   April 7th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Kudos Pastor Warren. We are proud of you and we pray that you shall remain within the bibilical margins. Due to the rebellion (agains't God) , some people are following the lust of their own fresh. Mem to men and women to women

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Lying is a sin. He IS an anti-gay activist.

Mary, Norcross GA   April 7th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Sorry Larry, (unless she is some type of massacres.

heather   April 7th, 2009 12:29 am ET

there have been so many women abused, that wont speak up because they are scared but also because the public says"she will just go back to him". i myself was abused by my husband. we have 2 children. but abuse, sex drugs, rock and roll were not discussed back then. we(the victims)needed a voice. a voice that would be heard, and listened to. she had a chance 2 actually be that person, our voice. dimostic violence is so over looked anyway, but i feel as though she has made a mocerey of all the women, children, parents and anyone who has been through this. she missed her chace in life to make a difference in someones life and it be takn litererally. because after all the people who arent rhiannas dont matter anyway

Tina   April 7th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Mr. King,

As a women I do feel that domestic abuse should not happen period but, in this circumstance I don't find anyone to blame. If it was the case that Rhianna had AIDS by law she would be required to inform her partners that she has the disease. And if she didn't inform her partners it would be concidered attemped murder. I feel that yes Chris Brown was wrong for hitting her but, how do you not tell your boyfriend that you have a disease that is incurable. Chris Brown reputation has been forever tainted by the happening.

Scott   April 7th, 2009 12:29 am ET

These "reverends" are nothing more than lobbyists paid by their respective congregations and other groups. When will they begin to stick to religion and STAY OUT OF POLITICS?

Pamela   April 7th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Larry, Please inform your panel that Chris Brown IisNOT a RAPPER.
All young black entertainers are not rappers. Their comments about his career were simply insulting. Saying that his career would be enhanced if he goes to jail becaus he's a rapper. HE IS NOT A RAPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David   April 7th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I think the Bible is very very plane about gays. Why do people want to clean up a dirty issue such as this? Why do they want to ostercize the pulpit when they know this is a mental and spiritual sickness? This is a sickness, it will always be a sickness, the truth of walking from the homosexual life stile is the cure. Not staying in the sickness and calling yourself "cured."

Kalifa   April 7th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I would just like to comment on the defense attorneys who made the statement that "Chris Brown is a rapper and going to jail may help his career if he reinvents himself as such". He is not a rapper, he is a singer and entertainer and I think too often people of color are immediately linked to hip hop music due to a high level of ignorance about various genres of music. And despite your limited knowledge of the hip hop community/ music, there are no individuals who have abused the women in their lives and it prove to help resurrect their careers. None. Seriously, if you are not familiar with his career then don't comment on it or if you are not prepared to address the question with proper information then maybe you should have done some additional work before you came on the show.

Mike Schroeder   April 7th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Most stockholders cannot hurt Top Executives in financial institutions yet the TE can hurt stockholders and customers. I think Obama is handing out a payback to some Top Executives. Great!
How can I payback those Top Executives for the pain and suffering they gave me?

Lynda   April 7th, 2009 12:32 am ET

I believe that everyone makes mistakes and if Rhianna isn't pressing the issue then why should everyone else. Ike beat Tina for so many years, and did anybody do anything about it? I was a victim of DV but I guess since I'm not a famous person my situation wasn't made a big deal just like any other unfamous person. I think that if Rhianna and Chris Brown wasn't famous nobody wouldn't care. Where I come from there is a lot of DV and these men don't get charged with a felony they go to jail for 2 weeks or 45 days and once the woman doesn't cooperate with the police, they let it go. Also I have seen movies on TV that has given the perception that if your married and the wife is a victim of DV then there isn't much the police can do. Yes I feel that he was wrong for what he did but do we actually know the real story behind all of this. Everyone just need to mind there own business!

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:33 am ET

He is against free choice, gay rights and stem-cell research, he is an irrelevant conservative.

banx   April 7th, 2009 12:33 am ET

He should be punished to full extent of the law.

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:33 am ET

The last thing we need is teaching from a small-minded evangelical. It is time for enlightenment.

Saraj   April 7th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Rick Warren is a great leader!

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Great. Tough times breed more bigots. Not what we need.

jack   April 7th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Pastor Rich Warren has gotten rich on people believing his particular brand of fairy tales. It has been demonstrated time and time again that those who are most against gays , are often gay themselves. Most rational non-gay people are not obsessed with harassing gays. Live and let live.
He is a smooth talker, and though I have nothing against gays, "Saddleback church," How gay is that? LOL

Tina   April 7th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Mr. King,

As a women I do feel that domestic abuse should not happen period but, in this circumstance I don’t find anyone to blame. If it was the case that Rhianna had AIDS by law she would be required to inform her partners that she has the disease. And if she didn’t inform her partners it would be concidered attemped murder. I feel that yes Chris Brown was wrong for hitting her but, how do you not tell your boyfriend that you have a disease that is incurable. Chris Brown reputation has been forever tainted by the happening.

Richard   April 7th, 2009 12:37 am ET

God is Creator of All That is Seen and Unseen. Who is Rick Warren to decide and criticize God's Creation. The active persecution, and segregation of homosexuality by faith is an act of "Iniquity". I have Gay Friends, sounds a lot like I have Black Friends. Any man can make a vow before God, and it is up to God alone to determine whether he/she wants to bless the union or not. The definition of marriage has long been changed, by the protestant church, as the Catholic church supports one man, one woman, one marraige as the standard definition. Thanks!

Corneika   April 7th, 2009 12:37 am ET

What people seem not to understand is that Chris Brown and Rihanna are human and they arent perfect i don't know what happen in that car that night any nobody else know what happen that night and everybody so many people want to have their say so on what happen what i dont understand is how can someone who is driving a car on a highway can beat someone and bite her ear all at the same time now i am not saying that he didnt hit her but i dont think it happen how she said it happen i stand behind Chris Brown and Rihanna no matter what happens if she want to be with chris thats on her she have to live her life and all we can do for the both of them is pray if these 2 were not stars we wouldn't here any of this so i also think that chris and rihanna will still do well after all of this is over the both of them are great singers they are young adults every couple have their ups and downs they will get passed this and hopefully it will be soon

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Megachurch bestselling book authors are not necessarily spiritually wise. I'd rather listen to the Dalai Lama.

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Saying that all evangelicals don't believe the same thing really tells the tale. But all are sure as shootin' they know what God thinks.

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Jesus brought the New Covenant. "Love God and love each other." Not "get politically active, control women, preach bigotry..."

Brooke Hazard   April 7th, 2009 12:42 am ET

All I can say is that, if Rick Warren is not anti-gay, then his staff are. When I returned to the U.S. from a stint overseas and moved to Southern California for the first time not knowing a soul, I reached out to Saddleback Church because I had heard it was open and music oriented. I called to find out more and asked quite frankly if gay couples were welcome. I was was told that my partner and I were not welcome. This was in April of 1998. It may have changed since then, but my sense is that it has not.

brookeee monster   April 7th, 2009 12:43 am ET

what do you think about the threat of nuclear weapons and the fate of the world as a whole? seeing any armeggedon likeliness in your eyes?

Valerie   April 7th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Sexual depravity is an abomination and that comes straight from The Bible – that is not hate – it is a statement of morality. I've never heard Warren say anything about "hating" gays. In fact, he just said it, "You don't have to agree with everyone to love them." God love us all, no matter what; however, that does not mean that "all" will be saved on judgment day as we do have to answer to Him for our actions on this Earth.

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Number of Christians quoted include many who do not agree with this man, including Quakers, protestants, LDS, et al. Bigotry resides most strongly in Evangelical / Baptist and Catholic. Most Christians are open-minded and open-hearted - and not driven to build megachurches and write bestselling pop-psychology books.

Russell Miller   April 7th, 2009 12:44 am ET

How can Rick Warren say he is working to empty Foster homes when he opposes Gay Marriage and by extension; Gay Adoption? How can he possibly claim to support children when he is denying them loving caring homes?

Frank- Sacramento   April 7th, 2009 12:45 am ET

why is it necessary to believe in old fairy tales like the bible when religion is responsible for more deaths and diviseness than any other cause. evangelicals are always at least 10 years behind the mainstream in all areas of life and culture and then they adopt it after 10 years and criticize whatever is the current culture. for example, evangelicals are now open minded about meditation practices when they used to think it was opening a door to demonic forces because it hailed from eastern philosophy and religion. the same is true with rock music. they used to show movies at assemblies of god churches in the 80's describing how led zepplin and other rock bands were satanic and had subliminal satanic messages. now evangelical pastors often love to show how much they love rock music. it goes on and on and just shows that christianity is a self-serving hypocrisy.

Philip W   April 7th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Do you believe that God could possibly change most homosexuals, given the right environment for change?

Allan   April 7th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Larry, ask Rick which church he recommends for Obama to attend in DC.

Ariel   April 7th, 2009 12:46 am ET

It's obvious the religous leaders of our countries past(and even in our home churches) have set a mind set about trying to "save" others instead of just loving people. Rick Warren is trying to get that point accross but too many people are hard wired the wrong way. Love God, love people.

zach taylor   April 7th, 2009 12:46 am ET

This rick warren guy is really down to earth. I am not a religious person and I dont believe that Obama should have to choose a church. But, I am young and understand that people do enjoy their faith.

Wayne   April 7th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Do you believe that all faiths lead to the One True God of the Bible or do you believe that everyone must accept Jesus Christ to be eternally saved and make heaven?

Barry Jean   April 7th, 2009 12:47 am ET

seams like pastor warren is two sided on the gay issue. we are to love the homo sexual and lesbian, but hate the sin and tell them the truth in love.Mr. warren please dont be two sided about it.

Richard   April 7th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Christians need to study their Bible, I present to you the spoken words from Jesus Christ describing homosexuality. Please note that Eunichs (Homosexuals) was the appropriate label ascribed at that time to homosexuals, they are individuals who are incapable of having sex with the opposite sex. Eunichs were utilized historically to guard the harem/multiple wives of the king to keep the royal blood lines pure.

19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
19:11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Riyad Elalami   April 7th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Obama did the best thing to go over sees especially for the Muslim countries, because America need some friendship The USA was an enemy for every country but after Obama it is now better, and about the gay rights they can do anything they want but not under a political cover

don jackson   April 7th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Larry can u please e,xplain how u can have guest on your show who main purpose is to give opions on the rhinna cris brown case who dont even know that chris brown is not a rapper he is a r&b singer like justin timberlake.just because he is a young black male it does not make him a Rapper its just funny watching these so called experts be so into stereotypes and not time can u get more informed guest and not people who are blinded by color and stereotypes

elizabeth   April 7th, 2009 12:49 am ET

My comment is with regard to Chris Brown. He is very wrong to have allowed his situation that night to reach the stage it did. no excuse for what he did. I think however that there is something we are not hearing. HOW DID IT REALLY START? WHO HIT WHO FIRST?. Suppose he was hit first and was goaded and goaded into a temper and reacted. Suppose they are always fighting because she is jealous and is always hitting him? He broke the law and of course has to accept what ever his fate is. I hope that he is serious about getting help and counselling to become a better person. Rihanna should also seek some help. They are young/famous and unfortunately everybody is in their business. Oprah, Nicole's Brown's sister, robin Givens etc should butt out as they are coming over as arrogant know it alls instead of persons capable of helping. I bet oprah is going to want to have her come & talk about. it. We should pray for them. I hope it will soon be all over and that they can be allowed to rebuild their lives. I don't think that the young man is the brute they are making him out to be. i feel that he can be helped not to hit again. he is not a hardened abuser.

Cindy Castillo   April 7th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Mr. Warren,

I am a born again Christian from Canada and was so thrilled to see you give the prayer at the Presidential inauguration. I can testify to the fact that not all Christians(evangelicals)believe Obama is tha anti-Christ, and while we may not share the same beliefs on every topic, as Christians we are to love oneanother. God doesn't say to hate the sinner(of which we are all), just the things that the Bible say are not pleasing to God. God Bless you in your ministry. Your book "Purpose Driven Life" changes my life!!!

Victoria   April 7th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I agree totally with Pastor Rick Warren about how we have to love instead of judge other beliefs. After all those of us who study the life of Jesus...please remember that in the book of 1st John it was written that everyone would not believe in Christ. However, for those of us that do we are to be transparent. I think its a wonderful idea that President Obama is attempting to unite the world before he continue war. It is time for us demonstrate more compassion and love.

Scott Wages   April 7th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Someone might have clarified The Reverand Warren's statement that there are approx. 600,000 Buddhists in the world, and a whopping 900,000 Hindus. According to what I can derive in a few short searches, there are over 376 MILLION Buddhists, and about 900,000,000 Hindus. Must have been a slip of the tongues! Source ADHERENTS.COM

qv210   April 7th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Thank God this moment has came, Rick Warren is bold and o courageous for appearing not having fear to talk about God, a subject that is very touchy since the rate of unbelievers is on the rise. I just want to point out a scripture of what is going on in this world is already written in the Bible, no matter what version is picked but realize that prophesies spoken many, many years ago are becoming a reality, including the recession. 1Timothy 6 (all of chapter 6) and 2Timothy 3 (all of chapter 3). I was never into the Bible but since I began reading the Bible educationally without faith, I was noticing that history repeats and repeats. Then one day I read 1Timothy and then 2Timothy, when it hit me, we are living the "Last Days." I concluded this without faith, then I found faith and now everything is being confirmed to me through prayer. I must say everyone should take heed to the Word of the Real Creator of ALL things.

Kathy Townsend   April 7th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Sorry, had a link on my last post.
PLEASE Larry, have a Swedenborgian minister on your show to really help heal people all over the world. All faiths, people of no faith.
I recommend Rev. Dr. Reuben Bell of Bryn Athen, or any of them.

Richard   April 7th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Pharaoh Ahkenaten, a man of color introduced the one God concept and the holy trinity to the world. The Egyptian book of the dead is almost word from word a repeat of the Christian Ten Commandments. Pharaoh was also a homosexual who openly married and placed his first spouse on the throne. Of course, multiple wives were the norm. It is unfortunate when the majority is allowed to rape the minority of our inalienable rights, giving limited information and blind faith is the order of the day. I challenge any historian to prove me wrong on the facts. Science has proven sexual orientation is both decided by heredity and bu nurture as we choose when we are ready to tell the truth about who we are. Rick and others like him would rather have us lie and ruin innocent peoples lives when we marry them to play straight, and then you call it protection of marriage.

Jasdeep Singh   April 7th, 2009 12:56 am ET

The gay thing shouldn't even be a topic its dumb. There are a lot more important things to worry about. Im not christian, so idk wat the bible says, but its a dumb topic. If christians think you will go to hell for marrying gay let them, they believe wat they want you believe wat you want. Get over it.

Cayla Jordan   April 7th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Be who you are. Love who you love. No one can change who you love. Be proud!

Dave   April 7th, 2009 12:57 am ET

My son is gay, and I love him as much as I did before he came "out" five months ago. But I believe Rick Warren's position on marriage is the right one. And not just because I'm a member of his church.

Rob   April 7th, 2009 12:58 am ET

So Gay men can fight for the country but cant marry who they want?

And Islam was spread by the swoard. But hey lets have a group hug.

He is a scary man.

jack   April 7th, 2009 12:59 am ET

"Purpose Driven LIfe," Who doesn't have some purpose driving their life? Just because we may not believe his particular myths, doesn't mean that our lives have any less purpose, or are any less important than his.
People, I implore you not to give money to snake oil salesmen, no matter how smooth or "sweetly religious" their message may appear.
These people are so far removed from the actual teachings of Jesus and others of true spiritual depth, that it is amazing.

Yvonne   April 7th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Pastor Rick Warren, praise God for you. Thank you for being caring and compassionate, and demonstrating the love of God and doing what Jesus would do instead of promoting hate, divisiveness, racism, and narrow mindedness. Keep on loving since God is love. Keep praying for President Obama and that God blesses him and his presidency. Pray that he puts/keeps God first in his life and his decisions.

ann coulter's adams apple   April 7th, 2009 1:01 am ET

rick warren a HYPOCRITE and a BAD LIAR.

he is vehemently against abortion, but he has never adopted a child.


in addition, the world knows that warren despises gays.
he can't lie his way out of that one.

M Weeks   April 7th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Aren't we all pals and good guys? Chuck Colson and Rick Warren - I think I need a bath to get all this hypocrisy off me. These are not enlightened spiritual teachers - they offer nothing but pop hype megachurch money-driven ego fulfillment. Larry, please stop fawning over this guy.

Kathy   April 7th, 2009 1:06 am ET

I just heard you announce you are having Joel Osteen tomorrow night.
Although Osteen is a nice guy, and has a large following, he teaches more of the same old teachings that have been handed down for generations.
The world is in the midst of hereditary drag of religious dogma that has been passed down for too many years.
Again, please allow a Swedenborgian minister on your show. It will open some eyes. They can explain those things in the Bible that the fundamentalists have such a problem with, which is part of the reason we such atheism, agnosticism, and people leaving the churches.
They can explain the mysteries of faith. Even Johnny Appleseed told everyone "Manna fresh from heaven' about the Swedenborgian faith. Helen Keller said 'I hope I may be the instrument to bring Swedenborg to a world that is spiritually deaf".
Please Larry! I think you may even BELIEVE and have no doubts about God yourself after meeting with one of them!

Beth of SJ   April 7th, 2009 1:06 am ET

There are countless of videos on utube showing Warren endorsing Prop 8 and equating same-sex marriage to sex with animals, poligamy and incest and he has the nerve to sit there on national live tv and lies that he has never done any of these things.
He's just another extreme radical evangelical mega-church leader preying on the innocence and ignorance of bible belt communities.

Iggy   April 7th, 2009 1:08 am ET

There is NO GOD!
And the bible is fiction!! a compilation of bed time stories for grown ups.

Why should we believe something written 2000 years ago with no evidence? Wake up people were in the 21st century and these bronze age stories should be kept in the bronze age.

nicole   April 7th, 2009 1:09 am ET

I not sure of the gentlemen who made the comments about rapper, but it was very disrespectful. " JAIL TIME ENHANCES RAPPER CAREERS" IS A VERY STUPID COMMEMT... and a man of your degree should recognize the difference between having an opinion and displaying your ignorance.Although Chris Brown maybe sorry and seeking forgiveness he needs to be held accountable for all/ if any of his actions just like any other citizen...BUT the opinion about Rihanna making a statement to your girls that it's ok to return to your abuser is false. Even though Rihanna may be a role model for many young girls, rihanna is not their's the sole responsibility of parents to education their children about domestic violence. If you leave the decision of child rearing in the hands of everyone who your children call a role model (media)...everyone one ,especially young girls would be down the road to self-destruct

Amy   April 7th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Iggy, if you agree that it was written 2000 years ago and you can see the words on the page, what other "evidence" do you need? Do you question everything in history?

jack   April 7th, 2009 1:26 am ET

If you guys are going to have all these mega church wealthy hucksters on your show, why don't you just turn it into " Larry's Feel-good Hour" All donations free....enjoy the champagne and caviar, guys, while you tell the poor sinners how awful they are, and if they could just get everyone to think exactly like they do, we would have a utopia. If your ilk really think you are right, why do you have to try to force your archaic lifestyle down everyone else's throats? If you weren't bleeding people dry financially and alligning yourselves with political powers, would your message still make you rich? Would you even be heard?

Beth of SJ   April 7th, 2009 1:41 am ET

Another thing, why is this show so partial to all these religious leaders and christianity in particular? I never see atheists interviewed on this show. Where's the balance?

jack   April 7th, 2009 1:44 am ET

We had a very long sample of the fundamentalist was known as THE DARK AGES, replete with lots of unquestioned faith, corruption, and torture...this country was founded on principles of religious freedom...please, let's try to keep it that way...Let us try to feel so comfortable with our own beliefs , we do not have to force them onto others, either through war or political coercion...

debbie   April 7th, 2009 2:49 am ET


just because something was written on a page

the lack of itellect in this country is astounding.

*** open your eyes - see the lies right in front of you.

James Jordan   April 7th, 2009 3:12 am ET

I think that we should absolutely STOP sensationalizing this tragic event. This young man should be punished for his battery and they should both get some counseling. This is such a sad display of the american media abusing – these young folks.

Kyra O'Connor   April 7th, 2009 3:17 am ET

Chris Brown needs to man up and take responsibility for what her did.

Rihana needs to woman up and remove herself from this relationship.

To get to this point it has to have escalated. She is young, gifted and independant. She has the resources to get away from this abusive relationship.

MarQue   April 7th, 2009 3:19 am ET

Although this is a tragedy, and educating the victim as Judge T mentioned would be a positive and proactive way to help these situations, we need to allow private situations to be private and not use high profile celebrities to dictate what we push in media. Our children have enough to deal with, without these. And stop judging!!!

veronica   April 7th, 2009 3:22 am ET

if chris brown needs anger management etc. what about rhianna she should prob. do the same no one really knows what happened it goes both ways, so if C.B. was getting abused by rihanna the media or the courts would have not make a huge issue. rihanna knowing c.b. came from a domestic violence home 1. why would you get involved with someone with a domestic violence history. 2. whos to say she provoked him though its not an excuse, i dont see one victum i see two. they both need help not just her.

James Jordan   April 7th, 2009 3:22 am ET

I think Rick Warren is a great voice for the community which he supports. I believe he's ministering and is certainly entitled to his beliefs and should express those beliefs – even if they are unpopular. If any one of us disagrees with him – it's as simple as making that known.

Wendy   April 7th, 2009 3:23 am ET

As an adult woman who experienced domestic violence in my youth and understanding the cycle of abuse, I'm deeply saddened by this incident between Rhianna and Chris Brown.

The unfortunate thing is despite her celebrity and talent, Rhianna is a young woman classically torn between young love and the harsh realities of dysfunctional relationships. I cannot imagine the emotional burden she must be feeling now with this being so public. She doesn't not have the life experience to handle this without professional help. Nor does Chris Brown. Seeking counsel from his mother and pastor is not enough to deal with the brutality he has proven he's capable of doling out.

I wish Rhianna would have the courage to prosecute Chris Brown and to set an example for her many young, impressionable fans that abuse is unacceptable no matter the form or the person perpetrating it. I know that is a heavy burden for such a young person, but both she and Chris are not your average young adults – they are celebrities, they are wealthy and they enjoy all the priviledges of both.

It just seems to me they both have a responsibility to themselves, their futures and the young fans who idolize them to be truthful and honest and to seek help and good counsel rather than trying to plea bargain this under the rug for the sake of their careers. I think people would have much more respect for both of them.

Sean J. Murphy   April 7th, 2009 3:27 am ET

I have recently attempted to represent mysely, and have done so poorly. I was and still am the victim of domestic abuse..
I called the Police and reported my spouse to have been abusing me and I was arrested after begging to have my spouse charged and removed from my home, based on the laws of my province..and after indicating her previous history of abuse apon me, and mysely asking for help and rec'ing help through the avenues of public and private counciling.....and having a child should really contact me....after having my spouse refusing to charge me, and after myself begging the authorites to support this situation, I have been refused help, and then when I called the police to have her removed, after her last assualt on myself, I was arrested by local authorities, and I have all the info, however require a medium to advise and protect others...this is an actual case I will be sentenced in 10 days...and her uncle is one of the local police officers I sought for help and she refused...please help me and my 3 year old little girl before I am wrongly convicted...and this allows people to belive that this is accectable....Larry I beg, I really beg for some support, I have little to offer but the truth, and the local authorities are attempting to refuse me acces to the very 911 calls and transcripts in an effort to hide this from the modern world....
Sean Jonathan Murphy

506-639-9314 I am available 24/7...please respond..

Todd   April 7th, 2009 3:32 am ET

Rick can't have it both friendly or not?..equal rights for your "gay friends" or not?
and PS. Ease up on the 'just for men' dye on that goatee, dude!

Jpm   April 7th, 2009 3:34 am ET

Chris Brown is not a rapper. He is a main stream pop vocalist. To assume he is a rapper and then assume the rap community will reward him for serving time for domestic violence boarders on racist.

Byron M Smith   April 7th, 2009 3:48 am ET

I am highly offended by Larry's disrespect towards our President. Mr. King is clearly not happy to have President Obama as the US Leader, but he needs to RESPECT him and call him our President not "OBAMA" its disrespecful the way he references our leader over the air, hence me and my family will no longer watching CNN. Everyone has their own beleive but CNN should demand respect for all parties envolved thats at the least what should be given. Thanks Mr. Byron M Smith

Vic   April 7th, 2009 3:55 am ET

Hi Pastor. I want to now what you think about the armenian genocide? Did it happen or not? What do you think about the presidents speech about the armenian genocide?

Elizabeth Pollitzer   April 7th, 2009 3:56 am ET

First let me say, no man should beat on a woman. But there are three things going on in any situation of this nature. 1: It takes two to tango, Briania is not as innocent in all of this, in terms of pushing all the right buttons to keep the original arguement going. 2: I believe she returned to the man who beat her for possibility a variety of possibly good reasons. This I will explain.

I am disabled, and called the paper work lady. I do any kind of paperwork for low income, indigent, sick individuals who cannot understand the complicated volume of madness this usually entails. I do state and federal income taxes, food stamps forms, social security disability paperwork, federal housing subsidies, school grants, Medcaid, Medicare, free medicines, and doctors/hospital care, ect.

Getting old and sick, or even being young and disabiled, for most folks is not an instant thing, unless caused by a freak accident. It is a process. I have had several temporary, short and long term repeat roommates, because they needed a place to land while they first went the mental stress of being able to accept that they have a serious disability.

The process is like that comedian from the movie "All that Jazz," individuals must go mentally through the same five stages of serious sickness, the same as the five stages of death. Anger, is just the first stage of denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

One of my on again, off again roommates was very violent and physically destructive, abusing drugs, until had his first of many heart attacks. Somehow he could sense, after the five stages of mental anguish, that he needed help. He came to me with no longer a very violent chip on his shoulder; but, actually with hat in hand, asking me if I could once again take him in and help him seek medical care, through the social security disability system.

I knew like each previous time, of course I would take him in and help him get the aid he so desperately needs. When you start down this path, to receive most social service assistant you must virtually be indigent; and the process takes years. So it is a poverty stricken time in ones life in which they must become humble enough to learn to beg, becsause the pain, anguish, and sickness is that bad; they can no longer take it.

Maybe this couple have serious problems, and as individuals one or the other cannot yet see, much less believe that there is sometihing wrong with their "atitude," or reaction to the internal struggle they are undergoing.

Treatment is a good thing, if available. But, as the saying goes, "you can lead a horse to water...but" If either of these indiviuals is not mentally ready to accept that they have physical and emotional problems, then treatment is a waste of time. But, to cling to another in their time of need, even if they are abusive, is, not always as terrible thing as the media makes is out to be. Maybe for the good souls that reach out, put up with yes extremely difficult friends/clients and see them through to the road of recovery, they are actually performing a service in a faulty health care system, by trying to pay it forward for all those that may have helped them in the past.

And let me add one note. As I try to pay it forward with the above client/friend I described above. There were times when I did have to call the law. These were done more in terms of a very very serious slap on the wrist from the courts. But this again, in certain relationship circumstances is part of the process, that, this individual needs to go through, in order to truly see the extent of their serious physical, mental, or emotional problems.

Faithfully yours,
Elizabeth Pollitzer

Vinny   April 7th, 2009 3:59 am ET

We need pastors like Rick Warren to bring a revival to cities like San Francisco. I cannot stand the gay community blocking televangelist or preachers who want to preach the gospel to soul lost people. Why are they want to block the word of God? There are someone like me who are tired of their life and want to live a better life.

joey   April 7th, 2009 4:01 am ET

hey there are a lot of closet case gay's and lesbian's out there who are some of the very first peolpe to condem those who are openly gay becase they are not comfortablr in ther own skin. everyone has a right to their own opinions and their own belifes so if you don't like what the guy is preaching change the channel.

after watching mr. warren tonight i have found new respect for him that i though would never happen. just like you don't like his views and thoughs he dose not like yours either so we all equal out and this is why this subject is such as great debateable issue it keeps everyone talking and believe it or not it's going to open people's minds and this county and around the world will become more accepting.

joey   April 7th, 2009 4:05 am ET

oh by the way he did do the cermon at presidents obama's inauguration that landed big points with me for he could have said no but he didn't. so in my book the guy is cool.

Byron M Smith   April 7th, 2009 4:10 am ET

joey- STFU

Bill Miner   April 7th, 2009 5:21 am ET

Men hit women because they can

Give mandatory jail time and men will think twice

Muriel   April 7th, 2009 5:25 am ET

I think that Rihanna, being a victim should come out stronger than she has done. Although what happened to her was not her fault, going straight back to Chris Brown sent the wrong message, not only to her and Chris Brown's fans but also to those responsible for prosecuting Chris. I think that she should be involved in the case, testifying and giving some comments on what happened rather than keeping away from court and giving them nothing to work with.

Carolina Gamez   April 7th, 2009 5:26 am ET

Chirs is behaving like a tipical abusive man and Rihanna is behaving like a tipical weak woman. As a mother of a 12 year old girl I am at a loss to explain these two. Sorry for what transpired? What does that mean? Maybe he should be sorry for what he did. They are both cowards who prefer to ignore the problem rather than to deal with it. It would take courage to do that. They don't have any.

Seth Raven   April 7th, 2009 5:30 am ET

I think it is pathtic that the media spends any amount of time on this case of Rhianna and Chris Brown,Iam sure enough people out there can planly see this nothing but a PR stunt to keep both of these less then talented marketing tools in the spot light.But what the hell, it worked for Britney Spears, right? I never heard of either of these two, nor could name any song, but that should show, the PR stunt is working.This is all a bunch of lies and nonsense to make money, and don’t think the media can pull the wool over everyones eyes, we are not all that stupid.
Here is a new option, grow some balls and say no to this type of media foreplay.There are far more pressing issues in the world that can and should be addressed then to help the depleting careers of two soon to be VH1 where are they now specials.Face true life for once, anyone and everyone can see where this insesanable greed for money has takin us.

Loewie Cultcha   April 7th, 2009 5:58 am ET

President Barak Obama, deserves a chance to do his thing, and I have all convidence, that he will do it right. The people should stand beside him, and give him that moral support that he needs, instead of constantly putting him on the spot. There was other Presidents before him, that infact made a whole mess of things, and there was no critics about them. So let the man do his thing. I,m proud of him, and hope for the day that I might get a chance to see him in person.
In my eyes, He,s the real Image of the guy Atlas, because he litterally took the world on his shoulders. May God bless him, and guide him.
Thank you Larry, for this oppertunity.
Loewie Cultcha.

Aynes54   April 7th, 2009 6:39 am ET

Pastor Warren, I have a lot of respect for you and have watched you and your ministry grow over many years. I even had the privilege of being in your service a couple of years ago. I believe you are being used by God in a mighty way. I wonder if he really might be the anti-christ or at least the for runner? What are your thoughts?? Though he says he has made a profession, there are certainly no fruit of it in his life. Thank you for your time and I pray God's continued blessing upon your ministry.

marion   April 7th, 2009 6:47 am ET

my church st Francis, Uganda is using "the purpose driven life" book for this lent period. i do find the book a whole lot discovering, viz, m purpose in life. thank you

nettie   April 7th, 2009 9:01 am ET

Did anyone take a look at his brusies? She hit him several times before he hit her back. He should have walked away. But he was driving. Why didn't she just get out of the car like he asked? Ask yourselves why she want talk about the whole ordeal. It is because she is just as much at fault. There is such a thing a abuse on a man as well as a woman, but nobody talk about that.

Laura Navoy   April 7th, 2009 9:17 am ET

Seems to me that attacking the messenger will do nothing to eliminate the message as it appears in black and white in the Book of Romans chapter 1.

Disagreement with God, now that carries some huge consequences.

Truth: we all have freedom of choice. I choose to make wise decisions.

Valerie   April 7th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

Richard, Please read Lev 18:22 and Lev 20:13 (If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable) and 1 Cor 6:9. Eunuch were celibate. If you believe in the Bible, read these scriptures and pray about it. God Bless You.

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Amy   April 8th, 2009 1:17 pm ET

Why is the fact that someone believes differently than you mean that they are discriminating against you? I believe that marriage has been between a man and woman since Adam and Eve and that is the way it is supposed to be. Aren't you discriminating against me because I don't agree with you. Just because "times have changed" and you see sin everywhere you go "now a days", it doesn't make it any more right . . . this applies to many issues too. Thanks for listening without judgment.

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