Pastor Rick Warren: ‘I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist’
Not believing in a Supreme Being takes more faith than believing in one, according to Pastor Rick Warren. “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist,” Warren told Fox News anchors Steve Doocy and Martha MacCallum Monday.
“You know, Steve, if I’m walking down a mountain and I see rock out of place and I go ‘that’s an accident.’ If I’m walking down a mountain — on the trail — and I find a Rolex that’s evidence of design,” he explained. “It actually takes more faith not to believe in God than to believe in God.”
Warren laughed at the idea that Humanists would place ads in large cities that read “No God?… No problem.”
While Warren scoffs at atheists, he seemed to respect every other belief system. “The are 600 million Buddhists in the world. There are 800 million Hindus. There are one and a half billion Muslims and there are 2.3 billion Christians. The actual number of secularists in the world is actually quite small outside of Europe and Manhattan,” said Warren. “You know the future of the world — you may not like this — is not secularism, it’s pluralism. So we better find out what everybody believes.”
Bashing on atheists isn’t new for the pastor who has also compared gay marriage to pedophilia.
In April of 2007, Warren told Newsweek that he “never met an atheist who wasn’t angry” and that “far more people have been killed through atheists than through all the religious wars put together.”
“Thousands died in the Inquisition; millions died under Mao, and under Stalin and Pol Pot,” Warren said in 2007. “There is a home for atheists in the world today—it’s called North Korea. I don’t know any atheists who want to go there. I’d much rather live under Tony Blair, or even George Bush.”
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Dec. 7, 2009.