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Reverend Rick Warren introduced and makes invocation…

When Diane Feinstein introduces Rick Warren there is tepid applause and an awkward sense of silence.

Amy Goodman notes that when Rick Warren spoke at a previous Inaugural event (yesterday?) his words were interrupted.

Rick Warren does not sound inspiring.

When he says first African American President there is shouting from the distance, I think the people watching on the jumbo-tron.

“freedom and justice for all” – I am not sure he truly means for all…

“civility in our attitudes even when we differ”

This prayer is too long and not profound enough. He is kind of saying a littany of what should probably be said on an ocassion like this.

He is doing the Our Father. Wonder how many people are joining him. Wish they were showing the people in the viewing area and/or the crowd, instead of just a close-up on him.

Whew! That is over!

[See correction below]  -Amy Goodman notes that there was a banner unfurled: “No Common Ground with biggot Rick Warren”
[Correction: the banner happened previously, on MLK Day in Atlanta where Reverend Rick Warren spoke. Don’t think anyone did a high-profile protest of him today, though the cameras stayed in pretty tight…]

Now…Aretha Franklin…

“My Country Tis of Thee”

3 Responses

  1. I think your view is one view. That is great about us humans, we should all have a right to them.

    I saw it from a different angle. I thought the prayer was long and scripted but this is to be expected. There is no way I would have got up there to pray without notes.

    I actually was surprised by how many people prayed the Lord’s prayer at the end. I suppose that prayer really resonates with the many different denominations.

  2. I thought Rick Waren’s prayer was as respectful to all Americans right to their own beliefs while staying true to his own sacred truths. He ended his prayer with a comment of thanks to the God he believes in and who he has learned the most in his life. Without arrogantly claiming his God as the God for all. Although I believe he believes his God is the one true God, he is respectful to his fellow Americans by humbly acknowleging his God, without boldly claiming his belief in his God’s Lordship over all other God’s. I believe this was very respectfull and a rare quailty within his religion. And anyone who finds fault with it might consider the judgmental attitude is not with this Christain man. We need to remember what a prayer is while we are listening. The world would be a better place if we could all remove from our eyes the negative glasses and see with eyes of love and acceptance for all beliefs and rights.

  3. The Lords Prayer was “over the top.” Not all those in attendance would have been “believers” so he left them spiritually “dangling.” To bad not everyone heard Bishop Robinson’s Invocation at the HBO event…his was “inclusive, not exclusive.”

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