The other day I posted one of pastor Rick Warren’s “tweets” that appeared to blame the mass murders in Aurora, Colorado, on evolution. That’s the way everyone interpreted it, and there was no immediate denial on Warren’s part.
Now, however, Warren has explained that his “tweet” had nothing to do with that, but was related to a parent’s question about his daughter’s sexuality. He left this comment on the website Exploring our Matrix:
TWITTER’S limit on words allows no context for statements. A lack of contxt causes misinterpretation. So when you tweet what’s on your mind, people preassume (incorrectly) that you are talking about what’s on THEIR mind. This is a clear example. My tweet was a brief response to a question to me about SEXUAL PROMISCUITY. It had NOTHING to do with the tragedy in Colorado.! I had received this email from a dad: “Pastor Rick, my daughter told me her teacher said in class “There’s nothing wrong with sex with multiple partners! Sex is a natural, inate drive, and any attempt to limit it to one, single partner is a manmade construct.” THAT is what I was commenting on. Unfortunately, you also incorrectly presumed the context.
Assuming Warren can document that email, I have no choice but to take him at his word, and I retract my implication that he connected the Aurora shooting to evolution or science.
The lesson, I suppose, is that we lept to conclusions too fast, perhaps conditioned by other pastors’ previous actions in blaming tragedies on evolution. To be sure, I followed Warren’s Twitter feed for two days to see if he clarified his statement, and didn’t see anything. But in light of this clarification, I feel compelled to retract my accusation.