Rick Warren

Rick Warren: Religious liberty the civil rights issue of the next decade

by David Ward, Deseret News  |  published on December 3, 2012

Saddleback Church founder and senior pastor Rick Warren said in an interview earlier this week that he believes “religious liberty is going to be the civil rights issue of the next decade.”

Warren, who made the comments during a sit-down with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity on Nov. 28, is regarded as one of the most influential evangelical pastors in America.

He gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and his book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” has sold more than 30 million copies in the 10 years since its release.

“America was founded on religious liberty, freedom of conscience,” Warren said, “and we’re seeing this being caved in in government, in academics and a lot of different areas.”

Warren says he’ll host a “national congress on religious liberty” in January for political and religious leaders to discuss “the first freedom.”

He cited the Health and Human Services January 2012 mandate requiring contraceptives to be a part of health care plans as reason to believe that religious liberty is in jeopardy.

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