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Rick Warren -- Out of the Closet!

12/23/2008 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rick Warren, the pastor who will deliver the invocation next month for Barack Obama, apparently is doing a little image-adjusting in West Hollywood.

Rick Warren
We got this pic, taken yesterday at Out of the Closet thrift store. That's Warren on the right (naturally), his arm around Erol Sarabi, who is openly gay. Warren, who supports the ban on gay marriage which has not sat real well with some Obama supporters, bought 8 to 10 books, two of which were his own (that doesn't help with his Amazon ranking). Warren told Sarabi not to believe everything he reads, that he does a lot for AIDS research and was happy that Out of the Closet does free AIDS testing.

Warren also said he met with Melissa Etheridge recently and the two planned to have dinner together -- go figure.

By the way, Warren gave a signed copy of his book to Sarabi. The inscription from the Bible, Proverbs 19:21: "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."

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wendy    

Ricky as we affectionatly call him is a total sweetie. I believe he came to my store recently and bought two pink garter belts, one cat of nine tails and some lube. He's one kinky guy..........alledgedly.

2099 days ago
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ParisNauseatesMe    

As if someone would "plan" to be gay.

Does Warren actually believe anyone would CHOOSE to be gay?

The man has no compassion and is obviously homophobic in spite of how he tries to present himself.

2099 days ago
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Jesuslovefags    

you hve to admit he is trying. i am gay and decided I wasn't even goign to turn the television on the day the inguration, just sit home and watch as much gay porn as possible.

2099 days ago
4.

Wow    

Rick Warren has done so much for so many. He gives away millions to charity. The media needs to retract its claws.

2099 days ago
5.

something smells    

just because he hangs with gays doesn't mean he's gay. and so what if he is! he's a good man

2099 days ago
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Sue    

Rick just stands by what he believes. He believes what the Bible says. At least he's not a waffler and he's not mean to people who don't agree with him. That's his thing - you can disagree, but be civil about it. Sometimes it's hard being a grown up, huh?

2099 days ago
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ken    

He looks like a bear hugging on his cub....gay love how sweet...he is such a closeted gay

2099 days ago
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BULLsh*tTV    

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IS THE US 0f A GOING CRAZY ? hell ya all this gay talk is killing us in the MIDDEL EAST. they think we are try to make them gay to so PLEASE GO BACK IN THE CLOSET AND DONT COME OUT!!!!! AND DO THE RIGHT THING FIND A NICE WOMAN AND START A FAMILY OR BURN IN HELL IM SORRY BUT ITS TRUE .

2099 days ago
9.

dee    

I don't understand the big deal about Rick being there when Obama has been very open about the fact that he is AGAINST gay marriage also.

2099 days ago
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mark    

he seems to be in a state of joy with his arm around that hot guy .........i wonder if he wanted him to be an altar boy at his church? why do the pastors always get to connect to the hot weho boys?

2099 days ago
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Ricky    

Rick Warren should support a ban on "Obesity", considering...

2099 days ago
12.

Buster    

Gays are idiots. Obama is not even for gay marriage.

2099 days ago
13.

Truth is stranger than fiction    

Obama is a fervent supporter of gay rights, with the exception of gay marriage. (I think that gays should have this right. I didn’t used to feel this way, but changed my mind about it.) I disagree with Obama on this, but voted for him anyway because I agree with him on all other issues. Warren and Obama differ on other issues, for example, Obama is pro-choice and Warren is not. Also, Obama has people who will be present and highly visible at his inauguration ceremony that DO support gay marriage. The point is that Obama has said from day one that people with different opinions should meet, and discuss their opinions and not be barred from coming together because of these varying opinions. He is doing exactly what he said he would.

2099 days ago
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HATINOBAMA    

I love Rick Warren! It is easy to criticize what you don't understand....Please be careful people, you can disagree with Rick Warren and every Christian in the USA, and believe what you want (freedom of will) but remember that if you are wrong, you lose everything xxxxxxxx quite alot if you think about it xxxxxxxxxxx

2099 days ago
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Naddaha    

I love the shirt Erol is wearing. "I'm not a gardner, I just like ho's".

2099 days ago
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