Just in from the Orange County Register Warren calls on Muslims and Christians to work together to combat prejudice:
WASHINGTON â€”Â Speaking to a crowd of nearly 8,000 Muslims at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Washington D.C., Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren called on Muslims and Christians to form an interfaith coalition to combat prejudice and stereotypes.
While Fourth of July revelers staked out seats to watch fireworks at the nearby Capitol Building, Warren addressed convention-goers â€“ some of them from Orange County Muslim student associations â€“ about the need for mutual respect.
“Tolerance is not enough,” Warren said. “People don’t want to be tolerated, they want to be respected, they want to be listened to. They want to be valued.”
Armed with four ideas for action, Warren called on Muslims and Christians to work together to create respect, restore civility to civilization, promote peace and tackle major world problems.
“I am not interested in interfaith dialogue, I am interested in interfaith projects,” Warren said. “Talk is very cheap.”
Well, I think Warren’s comments will send the likes of Chuck DeVore, Jonathan Constantine and the rest of the Christian xenophobes over at Red County – OCBlog over the edge. But good for Warren for trying to extend the hand of cooperation andÂ dialogue to bridge the gap of understanding. This guy never ceases to surprise me. I hope it isn’t just a theatrical show.