N.H. Bishop Invited to D.C. to give prayer Robinson to speak at inaugural event
N.H. Bishop Invited to D.C. to give prayer
Robinson to speak at inaugural event
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Concord Monitor staff
New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, an outspoken, international gay rights leader, has been asked to give a prayer at one of President-elect Barack Obama's first inauguration events at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The announcement follows weeks of criticism from Robinson and gay-rights groups over Obama's decision to tap the Rev. Rick Warren, who's likened committed gay relationships to incest and polygamy, to pray on inauguration day.
Robinson, an early Obama supporter, said last month the choice of Warren left him feeling as if he'd been slapped in the face. In a telephone interview this weekend, Robinson, of Weare, said he doesn't believe Obama has included him in response to the Warren criticism. But he said his inclusion won't go unnoticed by the gay and lesbian community.
"It's important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way," Robinson said. "Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority or, in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters."
Warren, author and high-profile pastor of a California mega-church, will still give the invocation at the Jan. 20 inauguration, shortly before Obama delivers his much-anticipated inaugural address. Robinson will share his invocation prayer Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural kick-off event.
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What I will next type may shock some of you. The most important issue in this farce is not the fact that "Bishop" Robinson is gay.
Here he is pictured with his "partner" Mark Andrews dsuring their civil union ceremony.
While I do believe that "Bishop" Robinson will be judged by his actions, as we all will, the most important issue is that "Bishop" Robinson of the "Protestant Episcopal Curch of North America" is not a Christian.
Here's the money quote:
"Robinson doesn't yet know what he'll say, but he knows he won't use a Bible.
'While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans,' Robinson said. 'I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer.' " (my underline)
"Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me." - John 14:6
"Dicit ei Iesus ego sum via et veritas et vita nemo venit ad Patrem nisi per me." - Iohannes 14:6
Relatedly, Pastor Rick Warren (pic above) is the victim of a Palinesque smear campaign.
Even the article above states:
"The announcement follows weeks of criticism from Robinson and gay-rights groups over Obama's decision to tap the Rev. Rick Warren, who's likened committed gay relationships to incest and polygamy, to pray on inauguration day."
(my bold and underline added.)
Pastor Warren has never said any such thing. He has rightly said that if two persons of the same sex are allowed to civilly marry, that it is logical to assume that the argument will be put forward that three or four or more persons should be allowed to marry (POLYGAMY) or that cousins should be allowed to marry (INCEST).