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Most of the attention has been rightly focused on President Obama's Inaugural address. It was both spiritual and progressive, and had strains of Lincoln's Second laced throughout. (As a student of rhetoric, I try to pay attention to these things.)

The other speeches - Schumer's and Alexander's - (leaving aside delivery issues) were well placed.

But the invocation, specifically, the end was a jarring insult to all non-Christians and did not belong. In a day devoted to diversity, tolerance and inclusiveness, it was unnecessarily sectarian, a breach of civility (and the First Amendment), denigratory and discriminatory. It was the religious equivalent of "separate but equal," and had that approach been used in another context or reference to other groups, there would have been an outcry.

The invocation should have been vetted. The mind set represents a stain on the proceedings.

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