If it seemed to you that there was something missing from yesterday's We Are One Concert at the Lincoln Memorial — I mean, besides entertainment value — then you're right. At least if you were watching it it on television.
A lot of people made a lot of big deal about the Obama team's decision to include a prayer by homosexual bishop Gene Robinson in one of its inaugural events, supposedly as somewhat of an olive branch to members of the LGBT community — angry that homophobic Saddleback pastor Rick Warren will be delivering the invocation at the actual inauguration — if not to adherents of the United States Constitution's frowning on matters of church and state.
So, where was Robinson yesterday. I saw a whole lot of dreck. But I didn't see an religious mythology dreck. What happened?
Openly gay bishop Gene Robinson delivered the opening prayer before the start of the concert, but the prayer was not included as part of HBO's broadcast.
Contacted Sunday night by AfterElton.com concerning the exclusion of Robinson's prayer, HBO said via email, "The producer of the concert has said that the Presidential Inaugural Committee made the decision to keep the invocation as part of the pre-show."
…[I]t does seem that the network's position is that they had nothing to do with the decision.
Jeeze, if Barack Obama was gonna cut anybody out of his Imperial Victory Celebration, I think they would have been better served turning the cameras off during Bono's ten-minute salute to himself than the one gay guy who was allowed on the stage.
But — maybe, just maybe — the Obama team decided at the last minute that a prayer to the Sky God really had no place in a government event. And, if so, good for them.
Presumably, we won't be seeing any of Rick Warren's fire-and-brimstone rhetoric in tomorrow's event either, right?
(via Dan Savage)
Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Constitution, Gene Robinson, Inauguration, LGBT, Rick Warren