Wednesday, January 21, 2009

RE: Warren's Inaugural Prayer

I thought Warren was a little Jesus heavy at the end which i was afraid might insult Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, or others. But otherwise, it did seem to be a slightly uncomfortable but perhaps sincere attempt at being inclusive and fair. It was a moment in time and it passed (mercifully) quickly. I was much more impressed with Rev. Lowery's benediction. Though, truth be told, I would be pleased if secular events remained secular without the staged prayers, or if we would at least include clergy other than Protestant Christians. Perhaps one day, a Rabbi or Imam might be included. As a person of faith, I personally am praying for our new president and we pray for whoever is in office in our liturgy at church, but at the state events, maybe the most inclusive act would be leave religion to the houses of worship and simply let occasions of state be just that.

However, using whatever vocabulary, I join with all who wish our new president success, wisdom, safety, good health, and never-failing commitment to peace, prosperity, and justice for all.

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