Posts Tagged ‘inauguration’

A New Day

January 20, 2009

Today is inauguration day.  I wonder what the next four years will bring to the United States. 

The last two elections were hotly contested and won by a narrow margin. Many members of the losing party were bitter,angry and vocal.  It was an ugly start, and did not get any prettier.

This is a new day, a new beginning.  As a country we appear to be more united in our approach to the problems that we face together.

I hope, and pray that God will direct our leaders and our country. 

But I can’t say that I am confident that all will be well.

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Religious Diversity

January 13, 2009

I read in the paper this morning that New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson will participate in the the inauguration by saying a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial. 

The reason that this is noteworthy is that Robinson is an openly gay minister.

A few weeks ago the gay community was outraged that Rick Warren had been asked to participate in the inauguration festivities.  Warren is an evangelical who classifies homosexual activity as a sin.

President elect Obama is making good on his promise to be inclusive in his administration.  He wants to allow representation from all America during his term, from start to finish.  That is a good thing.

I suppose it would even be appropriate to have a Muslim say a prayer.  We have many American citizens who are Muslim.

We are supposed to be a country of religious freedom for all.

Aren’t we?