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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:51 AM
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Some Christian comments on the inauguration
First, Obama should pass a law that inauguration be spelled henceforth "inaugaration", with an "a" after the g.

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  • Warren's prayer - he included the Shema and a bit of Muslim prayer, which was very good. He tried for universalism, humility, and inclusiveness, but unfortunately wrapped in language of nationalistic triumphalism and Christian particularity, which is unfortunate. And with Warren, who is neither a deep thinker nor a man of great brain, it's hard to tell if this was intentional, or just him being sloppy and uncritical of what comes out of his mouth.

    Ending with the Lord's Prayer was also a total boner.

    The prayer had a couple good moments (the opening sentences, and a few more later) but mostly it's disappointing. However, considering what the fat blowhard jackass has said in the past, and what he could have said in this occasion, he at least managed to keep from deliberately offending. And given how clearly out of his league he was being there, he didn't fall off the podium or throw up, so I gotta give him credit there.


  • Obama's speech - wonderful overall! A most inspiring speech, and absolutely stellar use of language. Beautiful, beautiful moments. But, I'm talking about the religious stuff here, so let me just touch on that: Obama takes the lead in having a president that finally - frakkin' finally - reminded the country that we have atheists, too. As well as people of other religions. But I most happy to hear him give mention to atheists. (and not as "unpatriotic" like Shrubby called them)

  • Lowery's benediction - a work of pure beauty. I'd say that, even though it didn't use any specifically Christian language, it was the most Christian prayer I've heard in Washington, said publicly, in the last 8 years. It had some great challenges in it, some wonderful words against the divisive use of Jesus as a weapon of war by the evangelical jackass segment of this country, and was filled with humility and modesty, not nationalism or triumphalist assholery, which is all we've heard since 2000. Or, really, all we've heard since Reagan' time, though it was toned down during Clinton's time.



As a religious person who doesn't believe like the rightwing evangelical asshats, I am very excited about this new president and especially the way the hateful Christian rhetoric will be taken out of government to be replaced with a more generous attitude toward all believers and non-believers.

I hope this also helps to put some nails in the coffin for the evangelical mega-church hate-based churches.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:55 AM
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1. Interesting comments and perspective, thanks for sharing
I think under Obama the myth/image of the Democratic party being anti-religion will fade. Will liberals follow with a more tolerant attitude toward religious belief? That remains to be seen.
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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:24 AM
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2. He constantly says "God Bless America"...
So the chicken littles screaming about Obama removing all religion from everything need to just settle down.

I like your review.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:30 PM
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7. Obama? He says God Bless the United States of America
And yes, I am being pedantic.

But I like that he says it that way.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:37 AM
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3. Nicely done.
Well said.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:51 AM
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4. Maybe after a few years of President Obama, I can say I'm a Christian without having to add hastily:
"But not one of THOSE!"
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Lance_Boyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:16 PM
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5. one nitpick
It was Bush the elder who said that atheists could not be patriotic Americans. I'm not sure that bush the lesser ever had any words for us, although I do seem to recall one speech (maybe a SotU?) in which he mentioned "Americans of all faiths, and of no faith at all," or something to that effect.

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Beer Snob-50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:21 PM
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6. great analysis
i am sure it has been rehashed here already (i am too lazy to look) but on morning joe, tucker carlson made the observation that lowery made a very racial comment at the end of his benediction (whites get it right)
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