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Posted on 01/12/2009 12:43:09 PM PST by neverdem
Concord, N.H. (AP) - The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at 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.
Warren backed the ban on same-sex marriage that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot.
Robinson said last month the choice of Warren was like a slap in the face. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, he said he doesn't believe Obama invited him in response to the Warren criticism but said his inclusion won't go unnoticed by the gay and lesbian community.
"It's important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way," Robinson told the newspaper for a story in Monday's editions. "Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority, or in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters."
Clark Stevens, a spokesman for the inaugural committee, said Robinson was invited because he had offered his advice to Obama during the campaign and because of his church work. When asked whether Robinson was included to calm the Warren complaints, he said Robinson is "an important figure in the religious community. We are excited that he will be involved."
Robinson, 61, said both Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden 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 he knows he won't use a Bible.
"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," Robinson said...
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Even if you forget Robinson is a homosexual, I don’t see why the church would promote somone who publically pursued sex out of marriage and cheated on his wife.
Those are the next things the liberal churches are going to remove from the catagory of sin.
Way to go Marxist President Onada. That’s the way to bring us all together.
Why is Gene Robinson the favorite clergyman of godless people who would never, ever, set foot in a church in the first place?
Robinson should be referred to as either the Devil’s Bishop or the Bishop of Soddom and Gomorrah. (I bet he cut out those pages in his bible.)
The Messiah wants to show evangelicals under 30 that is another way to read the Bible. I’m afraid he may be successful with some.
Robinson, 61, said both Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden 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 he knows he won’t use a Bible.
“While that is a holy and sacred text to me, 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.”
Robinson said his prayer will be reflective of the times.
“I think these are sober and difficult times that we are facing,” he said. “It won’t be a happy, clappy prayer.”
We are so screwed
Way to go Marxist President Onada. Thats the way to bring us all together.
He has no desire to bring people together and every desire to widen the division
It was more like a bitch-slap. Ooooh, smell you!
Probably been there, done that.
Other than pressuring banks to give mortgage loans to unqualified borrowers, nothing gets Democrats off like hanging out with homosexuals.
He can pray all he wants, from what I’ve been taught, God only hears, “Save me”, and then after that will hear the rest?
I guess he will be praying to his father-Satan
How disgusting..I will turn the TV off as soon as I hear Gene Robinson blaspheme the Lord....
I hope he makes a pass at Barry.
And tell me why God would do any of the things Robinson will pray for, just because Robinson prayed for them?”
He won’t. Maybe the man of perdition will.
Yes. Contrast that with the class act that is/was President Bush. His press conference was wonderful. God Bless Our President.
I’ll be praying for Robinson, although without much hope of success. Either Robinson has hardened his heart to God’s word, or God has chosen to harden Robinson’s heart for a purpose. I can’t imagine what reason God might have for turning His church over to such a person, but if this is His doing then I expect it to work out.
“Robinson said his prayer will be reflective of the times....”
...yeah I bet it will alright...and what he represents reflects exactly why the once mighty Episcopal Church has emptied out.
I can’t think of anything that will make the American people and the people of NH happier on inaugural day!