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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:46 PM

Religious Tensions Over Prayers Cast Shadow On President Obama's Inauguration

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/20/religious-tensions-inauguration-_n_2511957.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

By RACHEL ZOLL 01/19/13 12:37 PM ET EST

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-- There may be no clearer reflection of this moment in American religious life than the tensions surrounding prayers at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Efforts by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to bridge the conservative-liberal divide by including an evangelical failed. Atlanta preacher Louie Giglio, known for his work to end human trafficking, withdrew from giving the benediction after the liberal group ThinkProgress found a sermon he gave in the 1990s, condemning gay relationships.

Meanwhile, the first lay person has been asked to give the invocation, at a time when the number of Americans with no formal religious ties has hit a high around 20 percent. The prayer will be delivered by Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights hero Medgar Evers. The ceremony Monday falls on the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Christian conservatives are asking what these choices say about their place in broader society. Does their absence from the inaugural podium mean they're being pushed out of public life?

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cbayer Jan 2013 OP
elleng Jan 2013 #1
msongs Jan 2013 #2
emulatorloo Jan 2013 #3
cbayer Jan 2013 #4
cbayer Jan 2013 #5
pinto Jan 2013 #6
cbayer Jan 2013 #7

Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:49 PM

1. 'Christian conservatives' asking WHAT?

'Tensions over prayers cast shadows over inauguration???'

SOMEONE's trying to make trouble, imo.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:53 PM

2. simple solution = ditch all the prayers of any religion at this event nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:55 PM

3. Or stop grasping at straws to slam Democrats.

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:56 PM

4. Never going to happen.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:57 PM

5. There really was a struggle between the religious right and the progressive/liberal

religious community here, and the left won.

They didn't get an evangelical homophobe, and they aren't happy about it.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:09 PM

6. Agree. The choice of Myrlie Evers-Williams and also Richard Blanco (poet) was great.

Progressive, liberal, inclusive. In both a religious and secular context. I thought it was outstanding.

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Response to pinto (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:33 PM

7. I was happy with his final choices and also with the speech.

As someone on the radio just said - for the first time, a president talked about ME in the inauguration speech (GLBT).

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