I’m soooooooo tired of the hypocrisy, the “hate” accusation, and the “tolerance” debate. It’s gone past ridiculous to ludicrous. Am I the only one or is someone else fed up, too? Here’s what I’m talking about. Rick Warren received significant opposition as Obama’s choice for an Inaugural Prayer. Specifically, the pro-gay marriage supporters went ballistic.
I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but Gene Robinson, the openly gay New Hampshire Bishop with the Episcopal Church has been chosen by Barack Obama to say a prayer Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial. Gene Robinson was negatively vocal about Obama’s choice of Rick Warren, but is honored to be an Obama choice now. Where’s all the press on this one? The absence of commentary is indicative of the day. I have to include a portion of the Washington Time’s article for you to read.
Mr. Warren’s selection had sparked controversy because of his conservative and theological points of view, including his opposition to gay marriage. The bishop had called the choice “a slap in the face” when it was announced in December, and said he personally contacted staff for the president-elect to express his displeasure.
“It will be an enormous honor to offer prayers for the country and the new president, standing on the holy ground where the ‘I have a dream speech’ was delivered by Dr. King, surrounded by the inspiring and reconciling words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,” Bishop Robinson said in e-mail to Episcopal Cafe, a blog operated by the Diocese of Washington.
“It is also an indication of the new president’s commitment to being the president of ALL the people. I am humbled and overjoyed at this invitation, and it will be my great honor to be there representing the Episcopal Church, the people of New Hampshire, and all of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”
The bishop told the Concord Monitor last weekend he will not be referring to the Bible. “While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans,” he said. “I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation.”
So, I guess everything is fine since he’s on the program. Did you read that Robinson isn’t going to be referring to the Bible? Does that surprise you? I question the whole validity of the “sacred and holy” text statement. How does an Episcopalian speak a not necessarily Christian payer? Is God or the people the intended listener? God should always be the intended audience, not the attending listener. This is disconcerting stuff. How long, oh Lord…?