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Rick Warren loves Muslims

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 24, 2008 | 2:05 am

It all makes sense now: President-elect Barack Obama asked the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration because Warren, one of the world’s widest-read Christians, is, in fact, a Muslim.

Yep. The proof is below: Warren delivering the keynote address over the weekend at the annual conference organized by the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

“I love Muslims. I also happen to love Hindus and Jews and Buddhists. Now this one will shock, I happen to love Democrats and Republicans. And for the media’s purpose, I happen to love gays and straights. ... We don’t have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand.

“I always thought Christians were misunderstood until I started hearing about Muslims. I’ve noticed two things: the media almost never gets it right, and the media love conflict. ... Al-Qaeda no more represents Islam than the Klu Klux Klan represents Christianity.

“Religious congregations are the only set of organizations on earth that can successfully combat the five global illnesses of spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, disease pandemics, dire poverty, and illiteracy, and we must actively and directly cooperate with mosques to get the job done.”

What’s that? Warren previously spoke at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles? So then he’s not Muslim; just not a Christian cloistered in his own holy huddle. Huh.

So what’s all the inauguration fuss about again?

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