Reverend Rick Warren was joined by bubble-gum band The Jonas Brothers this past Easter Sunday at Angels Stadium.
Warren, of course, is well known as the founder and pastor of The Saddleback Church in southern California, a Southern Baptist mega-church, whose weekly attendance is more than 15,000. Services like those on Easter are held in outdoor stadiums to accomodate the thousands of congregants.
According to Max Blumenthal in The Daily Beast, Reverend Warren’s discriminatory views range “from his vocal support for Prop 8, a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in California, to his comparison of homosexuality to pedophilia, incest and bestiality.”
I’m not a Jonas Brothers fan. Yet I do recognize their huge fan base, particularly among tweens (I love the perfect deontation in that slang term).
This vote of confidence for Rev. Warren should give pause to conscientious Jonas Brothers fans. What do these young musicians stand for? Do they share the same prejudiced views as Reverend Warren? Is the blurring of faith and pop culture acknowledged by these churchgoers?
And does catchy, head-bopping music excuse bad politics?