Rick Warren: Being Gay Is Like ‘Punching A Guy In The Nose’ Or Consuming Arsenic

Written by Zack Ford

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren remains as ill-informed on gay identity as ever. Unfazed by the notion that there may be a biological cause for homosexuality, Warren told Piers Morgan on CNN this week that acting on same-sex attractions is no different from “punching a guy in the nose” or consuming arsenic:

WARREN: Here’s what we know about life. I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling. Sometimes I get angry and I feel like punching a guy in the nose. It doesn’t mean I act on it. Sometimes I feel attracted to women who are not my wife. I don’t act on it. Just because I have a feeling doesn’t make it right. Not everything natural is good for me. Arsenic is natural.

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On CBS This Morning this week, Warren similarly defended his anti-gay positions by claiming that he can be “tolerant” and “accepting” without being “approving.” Though he may not act on his attractions to women who are not his wife, he seems to gloss over the fact that he did have the opportunity to act on his attractions to her by marrying her. By advocating against same-sex marriage, he works to prevent gays and lesbians from having the same security of a lasting partnership.

Warren has a long history of opposing marriage equality. Four years ago, he defended his support of California’s Proposition 8 by claiming that same-sex marriage is “equivalent” to incest, pedophilia, and polygamy. He also claimed that gays are “evil” and have “Christ-o-phobia.” Warren tries to offset his anti-gay beliefs by boasting his anti-AIDS work in Africa, but he has ties to conservative anti-gay leaders in Uganda who oppose using condoms to prevent transmission of HIV. The results of his particular efforts are unclear, but studies have shown that abstinence-only efforts have failed to lower HIV rates in Africa, and anti-gay stigma also contributes to the epidemic.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Nicola Thomasson
Nicola Thomasson5 years ago

Thomas Paine once said, and I quote: "Time makes more converts than reason." He might never be 'converted' into realizing that homosexuality isn't a sin, but more and more people are 'converted' every day, week, month and year to the understanding that there is nothing wrong with being gay, lesbian, trans, pan, bi, etc. He might not be stepping in the right direction, but others are. Let's happily celebrate people's enlightenment at least as much as we shake our head in dismay at those who aren't quite there yet.

Cristina S.
Cristina Siegel5 years ago

Doesn't he know about the study done on gay men - not lesbians, mind me - many years ago that has shown a DIFFERENCE in the brain anatomy?

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

He's a typical closet case!

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Speaking of male prostitute, I think the movie American Gigolo (sleeping with women) is pure bunk. Why would a woman need a male prostitute when she could get a boyfriend? Male clients I can believe.

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Uh we can't judge if Rick Warren is gay. The only proof positive would be a self statement to that effect. Even that leaves vague whether the person is sexually active or not.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown5 years ago

Yeah this guy just screams "in the closet." Just watch, he will get caught with a male hooker pretty soon.

Justice Ross
Justice Ross5 years ago

I only said I was Catholic so Jimmy wouldn't think I was an atheist citing the Bible against him, not to prove a point. Sorry if it came off differently.
I didn't say anything about hate, I said not to judge people or say who you think is going to hell, because it's not your job.
And now that I think of it, I do remember that the Arc thing turned out not to be true - thanks for the correction there Don H. Although with the ghosts thing, I was really just trying to defend Jimmy a bit - some people do recognize this as scientific proof, and I figured it might be what he was referring to.
As to the statement that there is no proof, the truth is that doesn't bother me. If it bothers you, fine. I'm not trying to convert anyone, I'm just trying to keep this from exploding into a religion versus atheism argument, so we can instead focus on the article at hand.

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Yo Justice, being baptized a Catholic does not mean God doesn't set rules. He does. Ideally they would apply to everyone but nonbelievers have the freedom to sin. Without freedom there is no love, and the only way to allow people to love God is to give them free will.

If a Christian, say Jimmy, says God has set a certain rule, he is not being hateful or judgmental. If he accused someone of being a sexual sinner he would need proof, but he has accused no one. God is the one who is judgmental, because He can....

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Jimmy said nothing about hate, just explained the way God rolls, according to the Bible.
Not saved, doesn't matter how good thou art. Bye bye.
Saved? Sincere? You're saved even if you were the worst scum on Earth, and presumably, you have changed.

What you can take away from this is that 1) if you're not saved, don't worry about homosexuality, living straight can't save your soul. 2) If you are saved, presumably had you been sexually active (outside of matrimony/Christian marriage) you would be sorry, and if you aren't you have a problem.

Leave Jimmy alone unless he writes something actually hateful.

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

Justice R, "they" did not discover a large wooden structure matching the biblical ark. This notion is pure fiction. The ghost stuff you cited is nothing but pseudo science. It is sad that you do not recognize this.

There was no world-wide flood ever in the history of the earth. There have been many localized floods at different times throughout history. Contrary to what you hear from true believers, the geological evidence does not support the biblical Noah flood story. As much as you want it to be true it just is not.