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December 24th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Rick Warren on separation of church and state: Bush "used his faith to authorize the greatest single health bill in history"

Coming up on this Christmas Eve, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to the program.

Welcoming his guest for a primetime interview, Piers Morgan asks the American evangelical Christian pastor and author his opinion on Christianity in America and its influence on politics.

"I think, also, I think during the last decade, the term "Evangelical" became not a theological term, but a political term," says Warren.

"And a lot of people were turned off by the politics," explains Warren. "They say, well, everybody knew that President George [W.] Bush was a 'Evangelical.' They say, 'oh, then you must be in favor of the Gulf War.'"

And although Warren agrees with Morgan that "you've got to separate church and state," he also offers the following counterpoint:

He [Bush] also used his faith to authorize the greatest single health bill in history to - for people with AIDS, PEPFAR, which was the president's emergency plan for AIDS relief," said Warren. "In the last 10 years, I've been in 164 countries. And I have people who say my husband is alive because of President Bush."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the senior pastor of Saddleback Church – currently the eighth-largest church in the United States – explains why he disagrees with the perspective that Christianity is on the decline in America. Then tune in tonight at 9 as Warren explains the meaning of Christmas.
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  1. Mary P

    On behalf of Mothers and Grandmothers I thank you for standing up to gun lovers & cold hearted people in this Country, we need more voices like yours.
    Thank you.Thank you Thank you.......

    December 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bdsleepy

      Represent yourself, you do not speak for all mothers and grandmothers, as both mine are members of the NRA. I also have twin 13 old girls who know how dangerious a weapon is in the wrong hands as well as how to use one. Bye the way they go to catholic schools where we dont have as many problems as public schools (in general).

      December 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cm

      Yes, I agree with you Mary P someone needs to stand up to the bullies who thinks they own the world....
      Mr P. Morgan is doing an excellent job on his talk show, I hope CNN keeps him for a very very long time.
      Thanks, Please keep up the good work you do Mr Morgan.
      A fan, from Vancouver, CANADA

      December 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TM

      I can't help thinking that had the women been able to defend them selves with a knife or even a small hand bag pistol, Jimmy Savile of the British Broadcasting (BBC) would not have done the carnage to so many women and children he did over so many years in England.
      Do not the British, as well all others, have the right to defend themselves in their homes and public places from thugs and tyrants?

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1223193/Culture-violence-Gun-crime-goes-89-decade.html

      December 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Velcrose

        Interesting proposal to start arming 12-14 year-old girls who solicit the company of television celebrities. Who else could have thought of such a creative and practical concept? Having every young girl of this category carrying a knife or pistol is such a good idea, I suggest it be extended to include all their classmates because it would be wrong to have one in the class armed and not others. Or do the guards at all television studios distribute guns to all young girls who enter the studio? Young girls, in order to qualify for issue of a gun, could sign a form certifying that they are susceptible to unsolicited improper proposals from seedy celebrities. Great idea, TM. You could have just qualified for a leadership position with the NRA.

        December 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bdsleepy

    GO HOME Piers Morgan, You dont understand our rights as Americans.

    December 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jamin22

      yes,go home , YOUR NOT WELCOME HERE.

      December 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DPATCH

      For all the folks that can't stand up for yourself and accept the truth at least Piers Morgan states the FACTS, you go home all you losers, you are weak and we don't need you, and don't understand the ways of the world today so in our minds you are trash. You are living in the PAST - don't forgot the past is the past it's time the world hears the facts and reacts to the facts of today – 2012 going into 2013. We have so many losers that hide and don't accept what is happening, they don't get involved in anything, they just run their mouths and think they are making a change. When in FACT Piers MORGAN IS AWESOME AND is here for us today and will continue to be here for US! Thank you Piers Morgan for everything you do, forget about the losers they are low lifes which mean NOTHING to ANYONE!!!

      December 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Freedom Fighter

        FACTS? That asinine twit PM wouldn't know a fact from gossip. Fact: places with strict gun laws ,example Chicago, new York etc....., have the highest crime rate than other cities & states. Chicago leads the nation in violence and murder but ban firearms . Washington DC is also one of the most violent places. We don't need more laws, just enforce those we already have. TV host illegally had in his possession a high capacity mag on air in front of millions, clearly breaking the law yet nothing is done to him. Man that killed firemen was already banned from touching firearms yet he had them. More laws only hurt us the law abiding citizen criminals will always break the law. That idiot piers will not face facts. I hope one day he is mugged or needs the cops that second while they are minutes away. At least he'll quit wasting oxygen.

        December 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • GodGunsGutsGlory

        Hey pervert, I don't care if it's 1913 or going to be 2013.

        These two things you liberal God haters will NEVER change:
        1) Armed American people.
        2) Sodomy is still not acceptable. (Yeah, that's right. I can tell what "kind" you are).

        December 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Oh tell me please what are your rights? Why do you need guns? Has America been invaded ? Has your neighbor moved into your home? Why do you fear? What have you done so horrible that you fear so madly? Are you living in the jungles with man eating beast? No one with a two cent brain needs a gun.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • marcia

      Just because it was done that way in the past does not mean it has to be done that way now. Piers Morgan is being criticized for expressing his intelligent opinions on human protections by advocating for living in today’s world of modern technology and updated thinking.
      Our political parties are now operating like Unions. When the voters and employees take the control to make their own decisions, then each person will be equally represented.
      All the rhetoric in the world will not compensate for the bottom line truth about guns. Without them we will not have any gun killings.
      The issue of gay rights is not new. Neither is the existence of gays. Fear of the unknown has been stopping equal rights for all.
      The Bible was written by men. Are you still giving those men the power to control your thoughts and actions under the guise of handed down religious principles that are pertinent today?
      Are you updating personal beliefs to decide to continue to believe in what was good during times gone by or are you rebooting for today’s world?

      December 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lucy

        Thank you. Marcia

        For thoes who live in a fish bowl: Forty different MEN wrote the 66 books of the Bible over a period of 1500 years. The Bible was not written by Jesus Christ or by God. gracethrufaith.com

        December 30, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      What fears you? Is the boogi man comming to get you? You need to get your brains checked and watch your mouth.

      December 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. noel

    WOW is it just me or do piers love to hear himself talk....give ppl a chance to defend themselves plz ..still cant understand why cnn would give you a tv spot

    December 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • patriot

      There is no discussion or debate with piers, it is only his view. i'm tired of hearing only him and his opinion. even if it is his show. I might as well watch FOX . They certainly are not fair and balanced but you can listen to other people.

      December 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. james judd

    Piers,Thanks, Bravo and continue your common sense arguments about gun control.

    December 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kent

    Piers......you are really a piece of work, insulting your guest the other night; trying to force your way of thinking on others. You are really a liability to CNN...... At times like these we really miss Larry King, the true interviewer

    December 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cheryl

      I agree....The past few months this show has been less an interview and more so Piers hogging the time expressing his own opinion , cutting off the guest not letting them finish sentances and behaving like a blowhole. I used to like these interview....no longer.

      December 25, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Literati

        Stop confusing these talking heads with news. When under oath, Fox News had to describe themselves as an entertainment network. If freedom of speech alows corporations to donate any amount to by a congressman, Piers can call himself a newsman.

        December 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • rgreen

        Piers Morgan is one of the few people on tv with any brains these days; I only wish there were more people like him who had the guts to tell the NRA and their supporters how insane they are. Are you going to start to arm first responders like firemen now so they can start shooting before they go to put out fires???????

        December 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Not very intelligent are you? He clearly isn't forcing his opinion on anyone, it's called putting your point across. Not exactly his fault if some people don't want to listen, and don't want to accept a valid constructive argument as they are unwilling to change.

      When you believe in a subject, or something in general, you generally feel passionate about the point you're putting across.

      December 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jack Dunn - Author

    The issue is not only gun control, it's violence in America. It's in our schools, in our homes, in our churches, in the streets, on TV, Movies, Games and the Internet. It's everywhere 'you look'. Gun control is part of the problem but the real issue is the tremendous growth of Evil in America in the last decade and especially in the last few years. If you don't stop the Evil, the violence will continue to grow powerful, using lots of things. Maybe someone should start a Panel Discussion or a Think Tank to study what's part Evil is playing in creating this violence. Maybe they could find out 'where' it's coming from?

    December 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • : )

      Why don't you step outside our country and see how many millions we have killed? How many the drones has killed just this year alone. We are a violent group of people very sadly needed more people like Mr Morgan to speak out.

      December 25, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • TM

      Re...Evil,,,'where' it's coming from?
      Prayer being outlawed in schools, the ten commandments removed from public houses, all semblance's of God and morals removed and outlawed from the country and you wonder where the evil is coming from? Hello?,,,Is anyone at home???
      Now, more than ever, it is time to return to the Christ like values America (and much of England) was founded on?

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1223193/Culture-violence-Gun-crime-goes-89-decade.html

      December 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nancy

        Why is God is used for evilness ?

        Bush: God Told Me to Invade Iraq
        President 'revealed reasons for war in private meeting'

        http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1007-03.htm

        December 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nancy

        Oops !

        Why is God used for EVIL ?

        Bush: " God Told Me to Invade Iraq"
        President 'revealed reasons for war in private meeting'

        http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1007-03.htm

        December 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. elaine banas

    Piers, GOOD FOR YOU FOR TAKING A STRONG STAND CONCERNING GUN CONTROL IN THIS COUNTRY. I APPLAUD YOUR DETERMINATION TO SAY WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND CONCERNING THIS SUBJECT EVEN THOUGH I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE MANY AMERICANS WHO WANT YOU DEPORTED BACK TO ENGLAND. HOW RIDICULOUS! YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK YOUR MIND SO WHERE DO THESE INDIVIDUALS GET THE AUDACITY TO DECIDE WHAT YOU SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT BROADCAST ON YOUR TELEVISION PROGRAM. I SALUTE YOU FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING, STANDING FIRM IN YOUR CONVICTIONS. IN MY OPINION, THE ONLY PERSONS WHO SHOULD HAVE OWNERSHIP OF ASSAULT WEAPONS IS THE MILITARY, PERIOD!!!!! THE NRA SHOULD RETHINK THEIR POSITION ON THE SUBJECT. OF COURSE, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WILL EVER HAPPEN, SHAMEFULL ON THEIR PART AS CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. YOU SHOULD ASK THEM IF THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS THE COST OF HIRING SECURITY TO PROTECT OUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AT ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS. YOU KNOW THE ANSWER AS WELL AS I DO, OF COURSE NOT. THEY WOULDN'T CONTRIBUTE ONE CENT TOWARDS THIS ENDEAVOR. IT WOULD MAKE TOO MUCH SENSE TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS TO THESE DEMENTED, SICK, AND PERVERTED INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HELL BENT ON CARRIYING OUT THESE EVIL ACTS OF TERROR. KEEP YOUR VOICE HEARD. WE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!!!

    December 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Corung

    Piers, I really enjoyed you. I found you, smart, relaxing and entertaining. I wrote to you when I noticed you having strong opinions about matters that were not your concern. I explained to you then that when the American people tire of you, there goes your green card. You didn't listen. Take care and be wiser with your livelihood next time. Glad I got to see you. Good Bye. The count is over 50.000 that want you deported and climbing. Momentum is increasing. You are now a network liability.

    December 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Bill C

    I see there are many Americans who do not believe in our right to free speech. These people should be defending your right to agree or disagree. I wish more people would uphold all the American principles, not just one.
    Than

    December 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mark

    Tens of Thousands of Americans want Piers deported. Only problem, where to? The British don't wnat him either.
    http://entertainment.verizon.com/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CDA3C64H83%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1016

    December 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NK

      What have you done Mark to be so afraid? Your people treated others brutally? Are you afraid they will becoming at you ?

      The people who don't want Piers Morgan are idiots. Mr Morgan has the guts to take on all the morons, shamefully no other report or congressmen and senators have. We are lucky to see so many groups starting to support Mr Morgan.

      December 25, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mekong

      What's wrong with people like you Really ? Remember free speech? You don't blast some one whos openion differs from yours, call him or her names or deport him. Piers had the guts to give his openion a very America thing to do. Your openion is like the Wild West. What is scarring you? The boogie man!

      December 26, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Bill C

    Piers:
    Thank you for standing up for American's right to freedom of speech. Apparently there are people here who don't agree with our right to agree or disagree. What a dull world if we all agreed.
    I am a proud American who is pleased to have people like you become Americans. Keep up the good work.

    December 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MarkA

      Freedom of speech and the first amendment are rights granted to the citizens of America. From what i understand Mr. Morgan is a British subject so, those rights are not intrinsic to him as a foreign national. I actually could care less what he thinks about any US policy or anything else for that matter.

      December 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Love America please.

        What makes you think you have freedom of speech? Your freedom of speech was robed by Bush and his Patriot act. Your media was robbed by special interest group. If you don't care what Mr Morgan thinks you are a fool. Your country is being robed right under your by no foreigners with funny accents. It is being robbed by ignorant blindness and people like you.

        Wake up Mark A love your country please.

        January 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Love America Please

        Oops !

        What makes you think you have freedom of speech? Your freedom of speech was robed by Bush and his Patriot act. Your media was robbed by special interest group. If you don't care what Mr Morgan thinks you are a fool. Your country is being robed right under your feet by no foreigners with funny accents. It is being robbed by ignorant blindness and people like you.

        Wake up Mark A

        January 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lauriefpc

    Please continue to stress gun control. No one needs a "war " gun to go hunting and those who do should be held accountable. Those collecting guns without proper locked storage should also be held accountable. Expecially when a family member is behaving in an unusual manner. Gun shows should have some restrictions as to their ware and an acceptable clearing process. The "lost evidence" gun should have been processed and then taken apart for melting. Our Gun control does not exist and we NEED new laws and ACTION to become responsible Americans. No one is be responsible, no one. What laws we do have are not supported by those who should take immediate action. You have my total support.

    December 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Suzanne

    I have been watching Piers nightly since the tragedy in Newtown. I am a fellow Brit living in Canada. I have been horrified at the details I have been hearing about the amount of Americans that own guns and how many children loose their lives yearly. Surely the answer is too reduce the numbers of guns on the market, do full background checks and provide support for families/family members experiencing mental illness. I work with young children and have seen first hand the impact of violent video games and tv shows on their play. I do not remember having so many reports of gun violence growing up or when I initially moved to Toronto. My children have to practise lockdown proceedures in their school, that alone alarms me. Placing armed guards in schools is not the answer, how about everyone working together to take those nasty machine gun like guns off the market to the regular person. My heart goes out to all those familes effected by the Newtown tragedy. The NRA is only out for itself, I watched their statement on Friday, and could not believe what was said. Talk about cold-hearted and demented. They do have blood on their hands. I bet they would change their mind quickly if they were faced by someone threatening them by a gun that shoots multiple bullets in seconds. It was shameful. I would like them to say that face to face to all those parents who lost a child that day. Those childen faced terror and horror, they did not stand a chance.Piers is standing up to those idiots who think it is okay to say on tv days after 20 children lost their lives, that to shoot a gun is "fun". He is outraged by this act of violence and so am I. If more people were unanimously outraged, then tragedies like this would not happen again. Wake up and smell the gun powder America, so many of you have become so unbelievingly taken in by the power of owning a gun that you are blinded by reality. How many more children need to die at the hands of others?. I live close to a neighboured that has become increasingly more violent and experinced a lockdown of my own workplace where a teenager was killed at the apartment building next door . I do not feel the need to own a weapon. Piers, you are doing a great job, ignore those trying to deport you, they are only scared that you may succeed in prompting better gun control. Come to Canada, we'll listen to you!!!

    December 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Confabulated

      Canada dont waste time watching the civil war in the Middle East – we need only look at the civil war to the South of us which continues unabated. Fancy supporting a war on your own children.

      December 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Theresa Hood

    Piers
    Thank you forever for speaking out against the insane culture of guns and gun ownership in America. We stand with you. It is astounding that people are advocating more guns to cure an epidemic of guns. It is astounding that these idiots want to take away your free speech rights when you oppose their views. Keep on going!

    December 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Ric

    Morgan you are a big POS.

    December 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. We the happy People : )

    Thank you Mr Morgan for having guts to speak for the silent majority of people in America. We are mothers and grandmothers and fathers and grandfathers. We are the people of a new America that thought a black man with a funny name could not become the President. We are the people that don't see gender, race or religion step in our way. We believe in American freedom with out guns. Our country has not been evaded and we don't have monsters in our backyard.

    Shame on " News Max " they are the Gun hugging net work of white over sized people afraid of the sins of the fathers what they did to the Black people, the Native Americans and the South Americans.
    Mr Morgan did not understand you do not offend two group of people the Jewish lobby and the NRA.
    But is this not a new world .... The silent majority is sleeping no more.

    http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/Britain-US-Piers-Morgan/2012/12/24/id/468900?promo_code=10E8D-1&utm_source=10E8DForeign_Policy&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

    December 25, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Matt

    Piers pushes about redefining a term when the definition of marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Changing that to the union between a woman and a woman or a man and a man would be the redefining of a term. That is what I don't think Piers understood. It's not that they can't live their life together it's marriage doesn't apply to them.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Paul Gibbons

    Greetings Mr. Morgan
    Continue your insightful interviews. Thanks for giving educated individuals some relief from the fearful wingers in the South whom have a difficult time being compassionate about their neighbor. BTW did you hear about the Firemen who were gunned down today? I am surprised you would want to stay in the first place. Feel free to visit us out here in Seattle, you would feel welcomed.

    December 25, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. lol

    i love how none of my post show up since my opinion isn't the popular one

    December 25, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. lol

    we may not be able to dport piers

    December 25, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. lol

    Pet ition to re move Mr. Mor gan

    December 25, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. lol

    My opnion will be made whether (communist news network) likes it or not

    December 25, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. angel

    Wars make widows and orphans of children,and even kill children,and Jesus says if you do it to one of the little children you do it to me.Remember,Media glorifies wars,every country's Media does it. Jesus criticized the religious leaders of his day as turning as many away from God as they do to God.Man takes God's power of life or death as in wars and turns as many away from God as to God,even when he kills many to save many,when the Bible teaches that all life is precious and sacred to God,not just certain life,not just some life,but all life.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Rhonda S.

    Regarding interview with Rick Warren – Thank you Pastor Warren for standing firm on God's and making it clear that you nor any other person has the authority to amend or change God's Word to suit the desires of mankind. Such would be blasphemous. God's Word does not change and it is clear. But God gave us the choice whether or not to follow Him and live in the manner that He wants us to live. He allows us to be holy and he allows us to live in sin. It is our choice. But we can not choose to change or make null and void His Word which is clear and true. Regarding Piers' comment that people were stoned for sin in the OT (as was and is the case in many countries without separation of church and state) – yes, that was the case and is the reason we celebrate the birth of Christ. Before Christ, the wages of sin was death. Christ saved us from that punishment by dying for our sins. That is the significance of Christ. No longer do we have to die for our sins if we turn to Him. Through Him, we can be saved. So thanks be to Jesus.
    Regarding the NRA comment that we need more guns to fight evil – guns can not kill evil. Although it is a fact that we need more gun control, I am not against gun ownership by those who can be trusted to have a gun. However, the notion that guns can fight evil is absurd. Evil is a spirit and killing the person that is filled with a demonic spirit does not kill the spirit. The demonic spirit can just find another host and kill, steal, destroy through that person. Evil exists and that's why Jesus and his disciples were always casting demons out of people. How many followers of Jesus are casting demons out of people today? The Bible states that Jesus called disciples to cast out demons and heal the sick as He did. Those filled with the Spirit of God have the power to cast out demons although most of us do not get to that level in our relationship with God to manifest the power He has given us. That's our fault, not God's. Yes, it is true that guns will kill people but guns will not kill evil. Only Christ will completely destroy evil, but in the meantime, the God-given weapons of spiritual warfare will help us in the many battles against evil that we have to face. Sadly, many are not prepared for this battle. May the love, grace, joy, peace and power that Christ our Savior brought be with everyone this Christmas.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Human Being

      Rhonda, who, or what, do you think wrote this "bible" that you follow? The word bible is derrived from latin for bibliotech or collection of stories. It was/is a book written by people who were not even alive at the time of the alleged events. Some 40 to 70 years after the fact, some PEOPLE sat around and told stories and wrote them down and then your precious bible or book was created. Please learn the truth.

      December 30, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Dorothy Schaus

    Piers Morgan is such a breath of fresh air. I respect his views on the NRA. There is no place in our culture for guns specially when adults and childrens' lives are at stake. This mess about deporting Piers is stupid. He has a right to free speech as the rest of Americans do. That is one of the reasons this country was founded. Back in the day when the second amendment was made, Americans had to defend themselves with guns but I hope we have become more civilized. When I think of the 26 lives taken in Newtown by an assault weapon, it makes me even more against the NRA. The only reason anyone would want such a weapon is to kill someone. The military are the only ones who should have access to them. Piers, stand firm and don't give up there are Americans who are behind you on this.

    Thank you.

    December 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Matthew

    Just a comment to say I agree with your stance on Guns in America, such a shame that small minded people are trying to get you deported on ludicrous grounds. Keep up the good work dude. I'm British(And an Leeds fan) and fully understand the point you're trying to make.

    Even if you get deported(Highly unlikely), come back to England with your head held high, you've done the right thing, and have done the right thing by those poor kids that were killed at that school, stricter gun laws would of prevented such a tragic event from happening.

    Sometimes people that try and change the world for the better face backlash from people who don't want to change, regardless of the positive effect it would have on society. Not your fault at all.

    December 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. B CINNAMON

    Piers Morgan, ric Warren was lying to you about the content of the Hebrew scriptures. In them, a father could sell his dayfghter in slavery, kill his son or neighbor. The enrie Hebrew sceiptures are full of violence, yet you did not question him on that, and allowed the lie to continue.
    Lincoln, and the South knew of the lie about slavery, yet Lincoln stopp up against the so-called churches, and pushed forward anyway, so too must thinking Americans about the whole panoply of CIVIL (not religious) rights so many people are pushing for today. Standing up to churches that need to stand back and remember we have freedom of and from religion in our great nation. And you need to push back when a religious fighure tries to pull the religious wool over your eyes about civil rights.

    December 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Frank S

    Mr. Morgan, I strongly support you on gun control issues. Private gun ownership might add some minor benefits (preventing theft, self defense etc), but produces devastating negative impacts overall in the long run.

    Read news every day, the country is being gradually turned into a WAR zone. Gun control cannot, and will not eliminate crimes, but it will reduce Sandy Hook types of tragedies in a very significant way. The fundamental reason, is it will reduce the likelihood for abnormal people to have access to assault weapons.

    This is a national security issue.

    December 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Sharon

    We are a sick society that celebrates guns and "freedom"! Where is my freedom to be safe from these ridiculous weapons? Where is the willingness to support mental health services and remove assault weapons from our streets? 
The nra and the Republican Party is bought and paid for by the gun lobby all the while wanting to cut social services! For shame!

    December 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Joseph saint

    blah blah blah . Rick Warren is just exactly as he appears . a man riddled with the weight of so much wealth and power he can't possibly be talking for Jesus . just . another rich republican with a giant corporate church . looks like the devil to memembers

    December 26, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. M Fuller

    Morgan, You are an idiot and the worst kind of tv "journalist". We in the UK have not forgotten you or your chequered history., and you are hated for it.
    It seems the USA is now discovering what we in the UK have known for a long time you are a self serving self promoting MORON.
    Dear USA sorry about the arrogant posh boy Morgan but PLEASE don't send him back.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. marianshapiro

    Piers, You are smart and journalists are allowed to express opinions, especially about issues that they have studied extensively. You know much more about gun statistics than the average person. And while a significant portion of Americans are very afraid and want guns to protect themselves, you know that in states where people have more guns, there are way more gun deaths. Any person who has a gun in her home is much more likely to be killed than to protect herself. As you have often stated, in other countries where gun laws are much stricter and people have fewer guns, the guns deaths each year are much fewer, in the hundreds while our gun death per year are in the thousands. So good for you. You are educating Americans and many of us support your intelligent and informed position on guns. The ones who don't are being proven wrong, but they probably won't ever see it.

    December 26, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • WBROWN

      Here is a fact that your boy Morgan won't tell you. The total number of Gun related death not counting suicide, wait lets count suicide so there is no excuse, does not even amount to a Tenth of 1% of our population. Guns or the NRA are no more to blame than the planes are on 9/11, which by the way was a stepping stone to go to WAR in iraq which the number of people killed there is repugnant. Quit watching this crap and do some comprehensive research. Actually at least the NRA is not treading all over the rights of others. I'm not a NRA member nor do I own a firearm, I'm not a republican and I'm definitely not a liberal. I am an American who believes that no one has the right or the authority to take peoples rights away who have not done anything wrong!!! If we would quit believing the mainstream media sources and do our own research and seek the truth we would see how close we are to something that we thought would never happen here. I know the truth, but I had to do alot of digging and separating the facts from fiction and at first I was in denial, but the more I connected the dots reality finally sank in and to be honest when I found out I physically became sick. Search yourself and you will see.

      December 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. marianshapiro

    I also loved how you challenged Pastor Rick Warren on his blind acceptance of obviously unfactual parts of the Bible and his incompassionate position on gays. Your position is intelligent and informed. Keep standing up for our gay brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.

    December 26, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Brian McMahon

    Piers you are a sensible and well researched journalist.

    December 26, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. David Edge

    Piers, I am a former Brit, I think once a Brit always a Brit, I live 2 miles away from Saddle Back Church, I was dissapointed that you did not pull Rick Warren to pieces, in my life I have never heard such a pompous arrogant man. If that is christianity then I am happy to be of Jewish heitage, That for me was the most obnoxious interview I have seen you do, It was all about Rick Warren. Awful truily awful.

    December 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. rgreen

    Piers Morgan is my hero; one of the few people with balls left these days. PLEASE don't ever stop speaking your mind.

    December 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Lee

    Lets us all not Not forget Bush spoke to God before he attacked Iraq, killing over million innocent people looking for WMD never to be found. Why did God give not know Mr Evil was lying? While we go killing people all our over the world making more enemies our money and might is going up in smoke and India and China is getting richer.

    December 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Harry

    How very sad it is that, in America, the supposed land of freedom and justice, a gay man can't marry the man he loves, black people still face horrific discrimination, and people let themselves get ill for want of expensive health insurance, and that's apparently okay – but when the right to own a machine designed solely to kill and to maim is threatened, everyone sees their "fundamental freedoms" threatened. You guys need to sort your priorities out.

    December 27, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Chaplain Susannah

    more topics for stewarding influence well:prison reform, not capitol punishment, for intolerable recidivist behaviors, Catholic "mercy marriage" for gays(not so different from the mercy of annulment), as gay behaviors are not the only ones "abominable" to God(this meek proposal in the spirit of 'be ye kind', recently brought the Vatican wrath onto the sisters, sadly). Encouraging you in faith and service, let us press on in Christ.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  40. jwcyouth

    I say we get msnbc to remove him from air or we get our cable or satellite provider to drop msnbc all together. Let them choose r we choose.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. WBROWN

    Here is a fact that your boy Morgan won't tell you. The total number of Gun related death not counting suicide, wait lets count suicide so there is no excuse, does not even amount to a Tenth of 1% of our population. Guns or the NRA are no more to blame than the planes are on 9/11, which by the way was a stepping stone to go to WAR in iraq which the number of people killed there is repugnant. Quit watching this crap and do some comprehensive research. Actually at least the NRA is not treading all over the rights of others. I'm not a NRA member nor do I own a firearm, I'm not a republican and I'm definitely not a liberal. I am an American who believes that no one has the right or the authority to take peoples rights away who have not done anything wrong!!! If we would quit believing the mainstream media sources and do our own research and seek the truth we would see how close we are to something that we thought would never happen here. I know the truth, but I had to do alot of digging and separating the facts from fiction and at first I was in denial, but the more I connected the dots reality finally sank in and to be honest when I found out I physically became sick. Search yourself and you will see.

    December 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. William Brown

    Piers morgan hasn't the slightest clue about anything.

    December 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. GodGunsGutsGlory

    America don't want Piers Morgan!
    The Brit's don't want him back.

    I know! Send him to Uganda!
    Uganda loves Sodomites like Piers!

    December 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nana

      Spoke like a true Gun loving God using imbisal. Willing to kill or die in Glory. Wow! How stupid can any one get? People like you have failed your country Pot head. Grow up.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. DD

    Piers Morgan go back to the UK or is Greed keeping you here in the USA??? Stupid man that you are. CNN needs to fire your -!!!!!!!!

    December 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mom

      Stupid are the morons with gun powder in there brain. You should educate your self a bit DD before you call any one Stupid. Piers has put the smarts back on CNN.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Linda McCormick

    I'm very sad that you don't understand the value of having guns. True, people die. But how many babies are aborted everyday? 3,500 plus and NO ONE says anything cuz it's "legal". If you remove guns, people will resort to knives. You can pass all the laws you like but if people want to do something, a lousy law will not stop them. Look at our crime stats. Are they increasing or decreasing? Look at how many are in prison. The US has more prisoners than any other country. As you can see by the data below, death by guns falls in 100th and 107th places as per cause of death. Quite low in comparison to other causes of death. The #1 cause of death in the US is ABORTION. But it’s not considered death/murder as it isn't considered "human" until "it" is born. We have more penalties for killing an animal than a human. Only 31% of murders are a result of a gun. The majority are by some other means.
    Check out the top causes of death:
    # 100 Accidental discharge of firearms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    101 Accidental drowning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    102 Accidental exposure to smoke, fire and flames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    103 Accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    104 Other and unspecified nontransport accidents and their sequelae . . . . . . . . . . . .
    # Intentional self-harm (suicide) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    105 Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    106 Intentional self-harm (suicide) by other and unspecified means and their sequelae .
    # Assault (homicide) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    # 107 Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    108 Assault (homicide) by other and unspecified means and their sequelae . .
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_06.pdf .
    Something to think long and hard about.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • NG

      Abortation is killing/ murder no question and firearms is dangerous to own. Guns are used for one purpose alone. You don't use it as a tool to build your home, or cook or clean with it right? What do you use a gun for other than shoot with ?

      December 28, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  46. mimi

    hey piers would you ever tell an imam the koran needs to be ammended,Ithink not,go home!

    December 28, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Christine

    Another sad day in America when we as a people think it's okay to treat others rudely and disrespectfully. No wonder we're in the shape we are today. Shame on us.

    December 29, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  48. angie s

    I think you were on the verge of asking a good question about the bible but didn't (talking about gay rights).... you should have stated/asked the following when speaking with the pastor "yes, you agreed that stoning for adultery is not right and was a civil issue of the time (and not a moral truth of the bible) but then how do you (the pastor) decide that being gay is a moral truth and not an issue of that time as well?" I would have liked to have had that point discussed. I just don't quite understand how people use the bible in this way.

    December 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. rose macaskie

    Rirchard Warren talks about materialism.
    I used to think it was fair enough for the religious to talk of materialism it was a way of reminding people of values but since then I have spent time with people who seemed hell bent on only talking of religious subjects and that as if i had not been educated in a convent and in protestant schools that also taught morals and these people were so determined to find bad motives for any good actions of mine and to worsen the motives of less good ones and in general to imagine motives for any and all actions that were the worst possible motive that could have been thought up and to insist that that must be mine and to call me a lier if i protested and said that my motives had never been those. So as far as they weew concerned i was full of bad motives and a lier, Eeveru good act you do, is for these people done, at rock bottom, for materialist reason sbe that only for a sixpenny peice and this cruel insistence on bad actions is not the same as just mentioning materialism in order to keep people aware of moral dangers and i know find it hard tto believe that this insistence on materialism taken a very long way, religious people went on calling me materialist when i was giving an awful lot of my time and money on charitable concerns.
    Also, however much you are giving away or helping, they find a bad way of seeing it, they talk of going down the sewrers, as a metaphor of how sick cleaning up the human soul makes them and they are so given to finding bad motives for peoples actions that i am not supried they get sick. it is not as if i thought everyone was a new born babe but they go so far beyond me in spying out faults in people that i seem childishly innocent mext to them.
    if you do good things but not those the priest suggests, then you are only being kind out of vanity as far as they are concerned. They try to break people who dont do what they tell them to by painting them as devils in their own minds if they can and also in the minds of others. the inquisition punished people who did not fall into line they cant actually phisically torture people now but they can do their best to torture them mentally. rose macaskie madrid

    December 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Connie G

    "It's not about me".....? Hardly...
    I watched for 5 minutes at the most, and the *humble* Rick Warren stated that his book was the "best selling book in the history of the world except, of course, the Bible". three times! Sorry but it is not.....it has sold 30 million copies...which sounds like a big number...BUT....A Tale of Two Cities and The Little Prince....200 million each......Lord of The Rings....150 million. These are fiction but Think and Grow Rich (non-fiction) has sold 80 million and even Dr Spock's The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care sold 50 million....please Reverand be honest...It Is About YOU."

    December 30, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. C. Morano

    Tonight's show was terrifying. Two grown, supposedly educated men discussing total nonsense about invisible gods on the eve of 2013! The Mayan calendar is true. This is the end of civilization. Piers is a psycho mystic and CNN is giving voice to as much stone age religion garbage as Fox!!!!! End the lies! End Faith!!!!!!

    December 30, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Rachel

    What does Rick Warren think about Christmas and Easter ?

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091228012048AAEOrYh

    January 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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