Monday, January 19, 2009

Gay Invocation Exclusion is Latest Leftist Uproar

Today is one of the most amazing holidays in my lifetime.

We have a Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday in which
a huge majority of black Americans agrees that America's historic dream of inclusion has arrived. It's also the eve of one of the most historic events in our history, the day when the entire country is anticipating the accession to power of the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama.

But there's a big controversy this morning over the Bishop Gene Robinson's invocation last night at Obama's Lincoln Memorial celebration.

Apparently, HBO excluded
Robinson's prayer from the national broadcast, and of course, the extremist gay rights lobby is screaming in outrage at the "bigotry." Some are suggesting that Barack Obama himself made the decision to exclude Robinson's invocation from the main ceremonies (Robinson's prayer was part of the "pre-show"), so on top of the backlash against Rick Warren we'll now have more gay protests against Obama's "hypocrisy of oppression."

It's probably better HBO didn't broadcast the prayer, which is almost exactly at odds with the message we should be having on this historic day. Here's
Sarah Pulliam's take on the controversy:

Gene Robinson, the divisive figure who was the first openly Episcopal gay bishop, led the invocation at today's inaugural kickoff.

Robinson prayed for God to "bless this nation with anger – anger at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people." He also prayed that God would bless us with "the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah."

Overall, his prayer was not especially surprising, since Robinson had told the
Concord Monitor that it wouldn't be "especially Christian" and wouldn't use a Bible.
It's no wonder that Robinson's creating a schism in the Episcopalian church. But it goes without saying that the radical left, even supposed people of faith in the movement, will continue to leverage cries of racism and discrimination, all the more to further the radical agenda that seeks ultimately to destroy the goodness that today's holiday represents.


shoprat said...

Part of an ongoing attempt to separate Christianity from its roots.

Gayle said...

I am an Episcopalian, but I can promise you that Robinson would not be welcome as a Bishop in our small conservative church, Donald. If the day ever comes when he would be, most people would walk away from the church. That would leave a congregation of approximately four people!

I'm so glad that they aren't going to broadcast Robinsons speech. You've brightened my day. :)

AmPowerBlog said...

It's getting rough out there, Shoprat!

AmPowerBlog said...

That Robinson is really causing an uproar, Gayle. Indeed, I can't imagine going to a sermon with any words like that. What hatred.

Thanks for sharing.

JBW said...

shoprat and Gayle, the radical agenda that I and every other person on the left embrace will ultimately destroy the goodness that today's holiday represents, make no mistake. They can silence our gay, nihilistic preachers but as soon as our ultra-leftist, super-secret Muslim candidate (have you heard that his middle name is Hussein? Wild!) is in office we'll begin our totally real and not at all completely fabricated out of paranoia plan to systematically dismantle everything good about this country and then rename everything that's left in Arabic gay slang. Prepare yourselves.

repsac3 said...

Two things:

Have you seen this?: Ben Smith's Blog: Inaugural Committee will rebroadcast Robinson on Mall - (Sorry, kids... People will see Robinson's prayer, after all.)

And for Gayle: Despite his very possibly not being welcome in your little church, you do recognize that the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was elected to his current post by his (& your) fellow Episcopalian's in New Hampshire, right? It's not like he just snuck in & put on the vestments, or anything...