Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren’s son committs suicide

Screen Shot 2013-04-06 at 8.35.09 PMThe 27-year-old son of the Rev. Rick Warren, one of America’s most influential religious anti-gay leaders, committed suicide, Mr. Warren said in an e-mail released on Saturday to staff members and congregants at his 20,000-member Saddleback Valley Community Church.

NBC News reported that Warren was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound around 10 a.m. Friday in his home in Mission Viejo, Calif., according to supervising deputy Dan Aikin of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department.

Rick Warren said in the e-mail that his youngest son, Matthew, had “struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts.” After a happy evening with his parents, the e-mail said, “in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.”

Mr. Warren said that he and his wife, Kay, often marveled at Matthew Warren’s “courage to keep moving in spite of relentless pain. I’ll never forget how, many years ago, after another approach had failed to give relief, Matthew said ‘Dad, I know I’m going to heaven. Why can’t I just die and end this pain?’ but he kept going for another decade.”

Mathew was a member of the mega-church for his entire life.

Reports indicate the suicide occurred at 10 am Friday, yet the police were only called to the home at 5:15pm.

One wonders….

Source NY Times

Rick Warren’s stance:-
Rev. Rick Warren, traveled to Uganda in March 2008, around the time Lou Engel and Scott Lively were also preaching there against homosexuality.  Warren was  credited with influencing Ugandan politicians for the introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill as he is also known to have met with political leaders, prior to the introduction of the 2009 Bill. His public message in Uganda was, that he expressed support to the “Church of Uganda’s boycott of the pro-homosexual Church of England, and stated; “The Church of England is wrong, and I support the Church of Uganda”… “homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus (its) not a human right. We shall not tolerate this aspect at all.”

5 Comments on “Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren’s son committs suicide”

  1. Tracy April 7, 2013 at 1:16 AM #

    What can you say about a man who would rather have his own son dead than accept & support him as gay? Very likely that the son’s depression was directly related to his fathers condemnation. Rick Warren: another sick, twisted, & hateful Christian.

    • Melanie Nathan April 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM #

      Well no one is saying his son was gay. I dont even think there is speculation at this point. I am not sure how Rick Warren would have acted toward him had he been gay. Who knows? However they are attributing his suicide to “mental illness since birth.”

  2. Dexter April 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM #

    The fact that you put the words “One wonders…” in the context of this article would suggest that you are implying that Matthew committed suicide due to his repressive upbringing under the Reverend. It’s rather tacky that you publish that, then say that it’s not worth speculating, when you actually just did that with that one sentence. It’s gossipy and rather petty. The excuse that it’s based on hearsay from what the Reverend has said after the suicide is irrelevant as it’s still underhanded speculation.

    • Melanie Nathan April 8, 2013 at 5:42 AM #

      Well Dexter thank you for the challenge. I was waiting for someone to take the bait and to give me this opportunity. I have compassion and feel sad for Warren and his family. What could be more awful. I have expressed that on social media. However I have no respect for Rick Warren’s rhetoric against gays, circa UGANDA 2009. I abhor his behavior. He has hurt millions of gay people and I believe what he preaches and has taught is the type of crap that ay lead to suicide in young gay people. I do not think his family deserved this. I do not speculate about anything – I simply wondered- it seems you have done the speculation for me. May he RIP and may G-d bring comfort to his family.

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