According to a report on the website Politico, New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson will be part of the Obama inaugural activities next weekend.
This is some good news, especially after learning that Rick Warren, the pastoral lightening-rod selected to give the invocation on January 20th, was telling Chrisitianity Today last week that his Saddleback campus in California would welcome all those San Joaquin schismatics because that big, ol' mean Episcopal Church wanted its property back! Mark Harris' Preludium site also noted that Pastor Warren last summer was praising Anglican Primate Peter Akinola of Nigeria. Regular readers of this blog know that I don't hold much regard for Akinola, who is among the leaders of the anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-Anglican GAFCON; denounces homosexuality as often as he can; seems obsessed with +Gene Robinson (and other LGBT members of the Episcopal Church); and says nothing when gay Anglicans in his country are threatened or beaten. Charming fellow, really!
So, now having all that information about Pastor Warren, I was really not enjoying this idea of him giving the invocation or being called "America's Pastor". I understand President-elect Obama wanting to bridge gaps, be inclusive, and all that. But again, when the balancing act is done on the backs of the gay community, one has to wonder what will be the straw that breaks this camel's back?
Congratulations to my brother +Gene. I know he will deliver a prayer inclusive of all people. And I hope his words break through the anti-gay fog that seems to cloud Rick Warren's brain .