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Bishop Robinson To Deliver Invocation At Inaugural Kickoff

Jim Burroway

January 12th, 2009

In an apparent olive branch to the gay community, President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee has announced that the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, who became the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003, will deliver the invocation at the inaugural kickoff at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday. However, the Obama camp denies that this invitation came about as a response to controversy over Rick Warren’s selection to give the invocation at the inauguration itself:

An Obama source: “Robinson was in the plans before the complaints about Rick Warren. Many skeptics will read this as a direct reaction to the Warren criticism – but it’s just not so.”



Scott P.
January 12th, 2009 | LINK


January 12th, 2009 | LINK

Could this be more of a slap on the hand of Rick Warren because of his support of the California Episcopal Church that are in a schism with the US leaders of the church, now that they can not keep the real estate. He is saying that they can use his church as a place of worship.

What ever the reason I do not believe he can balance the 2 sides by making both a part of his inauguration. I do believe that there is always a reason in this day and age that a Politian does something so substantial.

Congratulations to Rev. Gene Robinson!

January 12th, 2009 | LINK

It’s utterly naïve to think this isn’t in response to Rick Warren criticism (wouldn’t it have made more sense to claim Robinson instead of the Gay Marching Band as a way to address both sides).

However, having Gene is far better and fulfilling. Doesn’t really clear up or address the issues with having Warren there to begin with, but I was expecting rock bottom to begin with. This saves a bit of the inauguration for me.

January 13th, 2009 | LINK

I think this is genuine in that it was chosen before Warren. Then again, I’m not exactly that opposed to Rick Warren delivering his portion. I think he is doing exactly what he promised while he was running: to end this disgusting partisan warfare and start to work towards realistic goals. Certainly, there have been things said by Warren that are dishonest and wrong, but I am sick and tired of the partisan diatribe. Can’t we just be happy with what we did get?

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