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Rick Warren Cancels Obama-Romney Forum Over Uncivil Tone Of The Campaigns

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Rick Warren, the pastor at Saddleback Church, was trying to set up a forum between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Mitt Romney for before the debates. A civil forum where the candidates ca express their views. Well, he has decided to cancel it, blaming a lack of civility between the candidates. He had some very harsh criticism for both of them.

Warren said in a statement:

“I’ve never seen more irresponsible personal attacks, mean-spirited slander, and flat-out dishonest attack ads, and I don’t expect that tone to change before the election. It would be hypocritical to pretend civility for one evening only to have the name-calling return the next day.”

Warren said both candidates had expressed interest in the forum. Politico had reported that Obama has said publicly that he would not appear with Romney at any time before the scheduled Presidential debates.

Warren said he was inspired to host the forum after seeing a 2008 forum between then candidate Obama and Senator John McCain. That event was universally praised for its format and fairness.

Warren continued:

“The forums are meant to be a place where people of goodwill can seriously disagree on significant issues without being disagreeable or resorting to personal attack and name-calling. But that is not the climate of today’s campaign,”

The Orange County Register reported on the forum:

“The forum, planned for this week, would have been two hours long, with each candidate speaking with Warren for 50 minutes. The event would have fallen during the same week when four years ago Warren hosted the first such presidential campaign forum, between then-Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain. Warren said it was the 2008 forum’s success among critics and pundits that led him to consider the idea again this year.”

In place of the Presidential Forum, Warren plans to host a summit of faith based groups. It is unclear if he will extend an invitation to either campaign.

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One Response to “Rick Warren Cancels Obama-Romney Forum Over Uncivil Tone Of The Campaigns”

  1. James Sundquist

    Rick Warren cancelled his Civil Forum with Obama/Romney because he said both sides are NOT civil? This is the height of hypocrisy. Tell that to all of the saints and resisters Warren has purpose driven out of churches and split churches, including Purpose-Driven Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches. How civil was that? Tell that to all of the Good Bereans whom his Purpose-Driven partner, Dan Southerland calls “Sanballats from Hell”. Tell that to all of the Fundamentalist Christians he calls “enemies of the 21st Century.” Tell that to all the seniors who stand in his way “pillars who hold things up.” Tell that to all of the authors who exposed Rick Warren’s book, whom his partner John Piper said are slandering Rick Warren (though he has not provided a shred of evidence to prove his charges). What needs to happen is for every Purpose Driven Church or church that promotes his teachings, to cancel Rick Warren and remove all of his books. Warren should also repent for having been an accomplice to Obama by giving his Inaugural prayer. Why doesn't Rick Warren conduct a Civil Forum for the host of victims of his Purpose-Driven Global Peace Plan? For more documentation of Rick Warren's path of uncivilized path of Purpose-Driven destruction:

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