I had some very mixed feelings when I heard that Rick Warren had been invited to deliver the invocation at the inauguration.  I am appalled at the way we are split into “sides” that can’t seem to even talk civily to one another.  So reaching out to someone who disagrees with you on important issues makes a kind of sense, and is consistant with what Obama said during the campaign.  But I am also appalled that we would  take away certain fundamental human/civil rights from some of our citizens.  Prop 8 did that.  And Rick Warren was a prominant proponant.  I was very happy to read (at www.boston.com) the following about Gene Robinson being invited to give the invocation at the first inaugural event:

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Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the only openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, has been asked to give the invocation at the first official inaugural activity, a welcome event with the president-elect on Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Robinson had been critical of president-elect Barack Obama for asking Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor who encouraged voters to overturn same-sex marriage in California, to deliver the invocation at the inauguration.

If you’d like Gene Robinson’s take on this, you can find it at http://www.episcopalcafe.com/lead/faith_and_politics/gene_talks_about_praying_at_th.html

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