President-elect Barack Obama’s many well intentioned friends could still, at just about any time, ruin his day.
Such is the fun and the tragedy of American Politics.
Rick Warren still has a prayer to deliver in behalf of President Obama on his Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.
(This essay was written before the Inaguration. To read Rick’s Inauguration Day prayer go to:
Rick Warren Inaugural Prayer Transcript)
We pray that Pastor Warren is reserved and cautious, but that is not his way.
Rick Warren has, at times, been the Rod Blagojevich of the ministerial tribe.
“Jesus Christ what a bad selection for the prayer,” one pundit said to us. “What will gays say? I thought Rick didn’t have a prayer with Obama.”
Well, gays have spoken and they are offended.
And if Rick Warren does “have a prayer” and uses the name of Jesus Christ in his invovation others will be offended too.
In fact, there is already a lawsuit to remove the words, “So help me God” from the presidential oath of office.
Then there is Blago himself and respected Democratic U.S. House of Representatives member Bobby Rush of Chicago.
By turning the Illinois U.S. Senate Seat once held by Mr. Obama into a race-reserved monolith in the Senate, all involved seem to be seeking shame and not repentance.
Then we have Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel and a host of other infighters on Mr. Obama’s “side.”
Let’s hope Barack Obama isn’t swallowed by the axiom, “When you are doing this well, you can only go down….”
This year 2009 should be terrific! Even before Barack gets “help” from Medvedev, Putin, Ahmadinejad, etc……
What? Me worry? Obama truies to hush critics… and supporters! President-elect Barack Obama asks members of the public sitting on a wall to silence their cheers for him as his golf partners play the 18th hole at a private course in Kailua, Hawaii Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Obama’s Other Choices After Rick Warren for Prayer
Obama’s Rick Warren Pick: Glib, Callous, Conscious
By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer
President-elect Barack Obama‘s choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation drew one kind of protest. Whether the evangelical pastor offers the prayer in the name of Jesus may draw another. At George W. Bush‘s 2001 swearing-in, the Revs. Franklin Graham and Kirbyjon Caldwell were criticized for invoking Christ. The distinctly Christian reference at a national civic event offended some, and even prompted a lawsuit.
Warren did not answer directly when asked whether he would dedicate his prayer to Jesus. In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Warren would say only that, “I’m a Christian pastor so I will pray the only kind of prayer I know how to pray.”
“Prayers are not to be sermons, speeches, position statements nor political posturing. They are humble, personal appeals to God,” Warren wrote. His spokesman would not elaborate.
Evangelicals generally expect their clergymen to use Jesus’ name whenever and wherever they lead prayer. Many conservative Christians say cultural sensitivity goes way too far if it requires religious leaders to hide their beliefs.
“If Rick Warren does not pray in Jesus’ name, some folks are going to be very disappointed,” Caldwell said in a recent phone interview. “Since he’s evangelical, his own tribe, if you will, will have some angst if he does not do that.”
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From Fox News
The head of an atheist group that has filed a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between “believers” and “those who don’t believe” and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else’s religious beliefs.
Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has joined with Michael Newdow, who fought to have the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Presidential Inaugural Committee from sponsoring prayers at the official inauguration.
The 34-page legal complaint similarly seeks to enjoin Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., from adding the phrase “So help me God” to the presidential oath of office.
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