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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:30 AM

So now there's also a "post-inaugural prayer service at National Cathedral"... [View all]

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nbcnews.com/50548092/

...the Obamas and the Bidens are attending.

The praying and the god-bothering just go on and on, don't they?

Hey, I'm happy that Obama won. I didn't get so worked up about all of the religious trappings that I shut off my TV or anything melodramatic like that. I mostly very happy with Obama's inaugural speech.

I'm fucking delirious that it wasn't Romney up there giving a speech.

But if anyone can't see how the heavy ceremonial emphasis on religion, especially Christian religion, is a smack in the face of separation of church and state, can't see that it marginalizes non-believers, that "It's the President's day!" only excuses so much for what is also a day (or two, apparently) that belongs in large part to the public... that strikes me as a bit of willful blindness.

There aren't just a few nods to believers here and there, there isn't just a bit of the President making his own faith part of the proceedings -- the whole inaugural process is steeped in religious invocations and religious symbolism and religious ritual.

Don't let me forget to close with: "God bless you all! God bless the United States of America!"

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