"As a pastor, my goal is to encourage, to support. I never take sides."—Pastor Rick Warren, on Meet the Press this weekend.
Warren—the minister who, you may recall, gave Obama's inaugural invocation—has indeed refused to "take sides" on the heinous anti-gay legislation proposed in Uganda and championed by Warren's friend and associate Martin Ssempa. When asked to comment on the proposed legislation, Warren responded with a noncommittal: "The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations."
Of course. Because he "never takes sides."
Except for when he supported Prop 8 and conflated same-sex marriage with polygamy, incest, and rape.
Or when he took the position that women don't have the "right" to leave abusive husbands, because the Bible does not identify physical abuse as grounds for getting a divorce.
Or when he compared legal abortion to the Holocaust.
Other than that, though, he never takes sides.