Rick Warren charged Chelsea Clinton
with having a pro-gay marriage agenda during a televised interview.
The 58-year-old Warren is the founder
and senior pastor of the Lake Forest, California-based megachurch
Saddleback Church – the eighth-largest church in the United States
– and the author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven
During an appearance Friday on NBC's
Rock Center, Clinton pressed Warren on his opposition to marriage
equality, prompting Warren to allege that Clinton “like every
single journalist” is promoting a hidden agenda.
“I don't hate anybody,” Warren
said. “In fact, I'm commanded by Jesus Christ to love everybody.
I'm commanded to treat them with respect. As I've mentioned many
times, there's a difference between acceptance and approval.”
Pointing to the results from the
November 6 election, Clinton denied having a hidden agenda.
“[A] majority of Americans now said
in 2012 that we as a country support equal marriage largely,” she
said. “I think that's why people keep asking you.”
“Well, what do they expect a
Christian pastor to say?” Warren rhetorically asked. “I don't
believe the bible anymore?”
“We're in a democracy, Chelsea. …
And gay marriage might become the rule someday. That doesn't mean I
think it's right. I do not favor the redefinition of marriage.”
the segment on NBC.)