Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, January 12th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 47 Comments
Sometimes the jokes write themselves:
The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at theat an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama.
The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for Sunday’s event follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama’s decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration.
Robinson, 61, said both Obama and Vice President-elect he knows he won’t use a Bible.will attend the event, and Obama is expected to speak. As for himself, Robinson said he doesn’t yet know what he’ll say, but
“While that is a holy and sacred text to me[Except for the stupid and bigoted parts – Ed], it is not for many Americans,” Robinson said. “I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation.”
UPDATE: David Fischler informs me that the AP story was rewritten with the offending comments removed. The Living Church story is here.
UPDATE: From the New York Times:
In recent years, and especially during the inaugurations of President George W. Bush, ministers gave explicitly Christian prayers. Bishop Robinson said he had been rereading inaugural prayers through history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.”
Bishop Robinson said, “I am very clear that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that. The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer.”