In an interview with Fox News , Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church had this to say:
Last night, on Fox News, Sean Hannity insisted that United States needs to “take out” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Warren said he agreed. Hannity asked, “Am I advocating something dark, evil or something righteous?” Warren responded, “Well, actually, the Bible says that evil cannot be negotiated with. It has to just be stopped…. In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers.”
Just for the record, Rick Warren is not Bonhoeffer. He does not have the situation of being in Nazi-ran Germany whereby assassination could be framed as an acceptable ethical response. Indeed, as America’s Pastor, what kind of warmongering Jesus message is this?
Some accountability, please, would be refreshing in this situation.
(hat tip to Andrew Sullivan )
UPDATE: Holy carp, it’s worse than I thought. He advocates for killing people who break into your home. Faith in Public Life has the video.