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Obama asks gay bishop Gene Robinson to deliver inauguration prayer

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  1. An inspired choice!

  2. commanderthor 12 Jan 2009, 7:57pm

    Thank you Mr. President! Thank you for making the world a better place even before being sworn in!

  3. Charlene Moore 12 Jan 2009, 7:59pm

    This is so wonderful, I am familar with Rev. Robinson – he preached at my church (City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco, CA – Bishop Yvette Flunder).

    We are so happy for tis appointment – and Rev. Sharon being the minister to pray for White House sessions – a woman minister, this is real change and wonderful change.

  4. Simon Murphy 12 Jan 2009, 10:31pm

    It would be far better if neither Gene Robinson or Rick Warren were delivering a prayer. I don’t think religion has any part to play in the inauguration of a President who represents the US’ secular state. Leave the bishops and preachers to their own devices.

  5. A great “tour de force” from Obama’s team – well delivered – at the right time.

  6. This is some crazy patch-work from Team Obama!

    While I welcome the obviously well-intended attempt to be inclusive (or at least dig themselves out of an illiberal hole), I really hope their economic, environment and foreign policy plans are better thought through than this inauguration!

    I believe it would have been more in keeping with the spirit of the Founding Fathers, and of the American Vision at its highest, if a Unitarian, a Deist, or an Agnostic were chosen for one (or all) of these roles instead…

  7. A little tokenism to calm the storm?

  8. Agree with Simon, would be far far better if there were no prayers! So he has a bigot preacher and a gay preacher and now a woman preacher, why does he need any of them?

  9. Andrew Quick 13 Jan 2009, 10:16am

    Wow. Already doing good. Looks like he is going to make a real change. I do however agree that religion should have NO place in the running of a country. Sadly though it does and for better or worse America is a very Christian country. (FYI it’s for worse)

  10. In an effort to combat Warren’s anti-gay message, Robinson has arranged for an elaborate invocation.

    Robinson has not yet decided if the Gay Men’s Choir of Washington D.C. will conclude the ceremony with “We Are Family (If the State Recognizes It)” or “Yes We Can (Eventually Get Married)”.

  11. Wow-I can’t beleive that not even one day in office and our new president has already folded and given in to public pressures-its a very sad day

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