Why Rick Warren's Facebook Photo Angered Asian American Christians

Failed attempt at humor comes as Saddleback prepares to launch Hong Kong campus.

Rick Warren's recent Facebook post featuring an image of a Chinese Red Guard prompted criticism from Asian American Christians this week.

The propaganda photo depicted a smiling, uniformed young worker, part of the Cultural Revolution in communist China. "The typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day," Warren wrote Monday morning. Thousands of his half-million-plus Facebook followers liked the image before he took it down, saying it was a joke.

Several Asian American Christian bloggers and others deemed the photo culturally insensitive, calling on the Saddleback Church pastor to issue a fuller apology.

Warren's response in the Facebook comments "essentially told many of your brothers and sisters in Christ to get over it, to get a sense of humor, to lighten up, etc.," wrote Kathy Khang, a multiethnic ministries leader and author of a book on Asian American women and faith. "Please take a moment to hear us out because you don't ...

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