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Gay Bishop To Pray For Obama Without Bible

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By Joseph Carl DeCaro

WASHINGTON, USA (Worthy News) -- Preparations were underway for the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church to pray, without using a Bible, at the start of ceremonies leading up to the inauguration of Barack Obama as the United States' first black president on Tuesday, January 20.

The Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, was to give an  invocation Sunday, January 18, on the same steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, before being assassinated.

Robinson’s selection follows weeks of criticism from gay groups, who expressed concern over Obama's decision to have evangelical pastor Rick Warren, of the Saddleback Community Church in California, give the invocation at the inauguration on Tuesday, January 20.

Warren's support for California’s Proposition 8 legislation, which prohibits recognizing same-sex partnerships as marriages, as well as what he views as a Biblical stance on homosexuality, made Robinson describe Obama’s choice of Warren as “a slap in the face.”

Although Robinson said he has not composed his prayer, he made clear he would not use a Bible during the ceremony. "While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," said Robinson. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer."


In an interview with U.S. network National Public Radio, Robinson said after reading inaugural prayers of the last 30 to 40 years, he was shocked at how "aggressively Christian" they were.

"I am very clear that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won't be quoting Scripture or anything like that,” said Robinson. “The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer."

Robinson said he might address his prayer to "the God of our many understandings" from the 12-step program he attended for treatment of alcohol addiction three years ago.

Robinson was consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire in 2003. His openly gay lifestyle split the Episcopal Church – the uniquely American branch of the world-wide Anglican Communion – causing many to leave the church.

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  1. If Mr. Robinson studied his (original, not revisionist) history books, he would realize that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, so why it is such a "shock" that former inaugural prayers were "so aggressively Christian"? "God does not hear an empty plea".....if he decides to love the praise of men (or love men at all literally) rather than the praise of God, he can call out to his "mush-god" all he wants...it's a pompous show, meant to appease the masses. We all know this, but to say it out loud would be leaving oneself open to "intolerance" accusations. Does God care whether the man in the office of the President of our country is black, white, yellow? No. He looks at the heart. I don't know Obama's heart, but God does. All I DO know is: out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Enough said.

  2. If this is his position, then he is lying when he calls the Bible a "sacred text to me," for he is is denying who God is and that He shares not His glory with another. Dear Lord, show us how to pray over this!

  3. I think he's being very smart and inclusive. This is NOT a Christian nation, and he is not addressing a Christian Church. He is addressing people of all faiths, and no faith. While I am Christian, I realize how I would feel if the invocation were done by a Rabbi or a Muslim, and they started preaching their religions to me. So that must be how every non-Christian feels when the President is basically represented by someone who is "aggressively Christian." I think Gene Robinson is being very considerate.

  4. The "without using a Bible" bit is a non-issue. Any Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, or Orthodox bishop would probably do the same. Prayer doesn't require holding a Bible or quoting it directly. That phrase in the article is meant to raise an issue that does not in fact exist.

  5. I do think it is sad and frightening that this country,which was built on a Christian foundation, is now so offended by God that anything that challenges our own Lordship is something to be feared and fought with all our might. The very tolerance and religous freedom that protected us in this country's infancy has been used as a weapon against Christians,as if Christianity was the enemy of all that is good and holy.
    Can you imagine if these funds,resources,celebrity,media and political activists instead focused on helping the struggling,abused and neglected human beings all around them all the time? You know...the ones that we literally walk past everyday.

    The truth is, man makes his plans but God's Will will be done,because as anti American of an idea as this is, God is still God and we're not.

  6. The people who founded this nation, used the Bible as the foundation to build what was to come. If we remove the Bible as the foundation of the nation, what has been built on it will crumble. Do you know the blessings and status that we have enjoyed as a nation are because people read God's word and obeyed it? If we, as a nation, turn away from God, because we are afraid to offend a man, we will face judgement, and God's protection and blessings will be removed We have already been deceived what the issues are - global warming, gay rights, in place of the real issues - sanctity of marriage (God hates divorce), sanctity of life (God loves the unborn baby in the womb), and righteousness - righteousness exhaults a nation, but sin is a shame to any people.
    Choose this day, Tony, who you will serve. If the Lord is God, serve Him. If Baal is god, serve him. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

  7. I think this situation is a clear picture of the state of our country as well as the church in the United States of America: anemic and compromised. The two institutions, our government and the church have lost their respective identities and look like bumbling idiots trying to appease each other for what? To keep things fair? As a father of 9 children, if I allow a disobedient child to get "off" in order to keep peace, I am teaching them all that sin is ok and there will be no consequences for their actions and I perpetuate chaos in my own home as well as undermine my own authority. The new president and the confused bishop should be ashamed. I'm ashamed for us all to be part of the United States as we are only making fools of ourselves on the World Stage and legitimizing radical islam's case that we should be overthrown as they continue to laugh. As a country, our constitution has deteriorated to a such place that we will allow confused and misguided so-called "interest groups" to cause our Commander & Chief to be influenced so easily on such a petty issue. We've been adversarially branded, "aggressively christian", simply by virtue of being who we are. Tony, this IS a Christian nation that was established UNDER God. Read your history.

  8. the only prayer god hears of the unsaved is for salvation other wise he dont waste there time,i dont think a gay person has any right praying because if he was god fearing he wouldnt be gay.

  9. I have gone past feelings when it comes to the political arena because those such as the sodomites, abortionist, comunist. and so forth are who they are. Why would we expect someone, just because they claim salvation, that lives a life in direct opposition to the Holy Scriptures to be any different. It is obvious that we are living in the laast days and the times are as Paul said to the Romans in his book by that nameRo 1:19-32 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet, And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  10. I wonder who a sodomite prays to ? Not Jesus Christ THe wicked shall be turned into hell and every nation that forgets God.America Is Falling From Grace.

  11. {{{Although Robinson said he has not composed his prayer, he made clear he would not use a Bible during the ceremony. "While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," said Robinson. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer."}}}

    But This Holy And Sacred Text Says....

    "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38

    Mr. Robinson! Sir, Have You No Shame!

    But, But This Holy And Truly Sacred Text Says....

    "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
    "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:17-17

    Mr. Robinson! What Kind Of Love Is This That You So Proudly Hide God's Salvation From Your Neighbor!

    But, But, But This Most Holy And Truly Sacred Text Says....

    "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,"
    'And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:28-29

    Oh Mr. Robinson! How Could You Hate Americans So Much As To Refuse To Warn Them Of The Coming Wrath Of God!

  12. Tony Says:

    January 18th, 2009 at 8:49 am
    I think he’s being very smart and inclusive. This is NOT a Christian nation, and he is not addressing a Christian Church. He is addressing people of all faiths, and no faith. While I am Christian, I realize how I would feel if the invocation were done by a Rabbi or a Muslim, and they started preaching their religions to me. So that must be how every non-Christian feels when the President is basically represented by someone who is “aggressively Christian.” I think Gene Robinson is being very considerate.

    serious?! If we were in a Iran or Israel i would not get offended hearing a prayer in their faith. but this is, despite the fact that times have changed, a Christian Nation. It always will be because of our founding doctrine and principals. The very fact that we have other races and religions is a testament to our Christian views. Freedom is a Christian veiwpoint.

  13. I have not seen a nation that so quickly turns away from their roots. I was attracted to this nation because Christian missionaries from America came to South East Asia, and they lived a hard life in the 60's, praying and serving among our people. They made so many sacrifices because they love Jesus and laid their lives and other ambitions to bring the life-saving gospel to Asia. That is why we see so much progress and blessings in those nations because they turned away from idols and false gods to serve the Living God. I thought, it would be so great to raise our children in a nation that mostly believe in Jesus.

    So, we came in the late 90's and when the earth started on the 21st century, the values and morals of the country seemed to be quickly going down the drain like there is no hold. I have not seen any nation that turns away from their roots as quickly as this one. It's only a short 400 years...but the hearts of men have turned from the Truth.

    I am grieved and I weep over the degradation of the morals of men here and the spreading of ungodly agendas everyday through the media, education, and shouting on house tops without embarrassment. My heart aches because the forefathers that came as missionaries to my nation would not have believed that their country is slowly turning their backs on God.

    I am grateful to those missionaries that helped me know Jesus and helped me, my classmates, my neighbors, my relatives, my co-workers know the living God. May the Good Lord watch over this nation which I so appreciate and admire and more to come. America, don't turn your backs on God! Don't go for what is popular! Stand for the truth... it's only the truth that will stand forever.

  14. Not only didn' he have a Bible, Bishop Robinson didn't have much of a prayer Sunday; he was pre-empted by HBO, and the speakers at the Mall were malfunctioning so even those there couldn't hear him.

  15. What is the point of having the Gay man pray? His prayers will not be heard since God is against immoral sex, and he will be praying to a false God. What kind of a message is Obama trying to send out that is worthy? First of all he is encouraging something that is totally against God's will by allowing this man to represent him and he is sending out the message to our young people that being gay is ok. Obama is just like the rest of them, just go with the flow to make the right people happy and not stand up for what is right. We need to pray for him and for God to change his heart. May The Lord's Will be done and He guide this nation and our President. May the Lord cause our President to come to Him on His knees, so we can be led properly.

  16. >>Although Robinson said he has not composed his prayer, he made clear he would not use a Bible during the ceremony. "While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," said Robinson. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer."

    Let's say what we all think.

    So let's hide our bibles and conform Christianity to culture? huh? Christianity is now acting like white guilt? Hide any vestige of your white skin color and now your Christianity to? We might hurt someone's feelings?

    Let's be real: my white skin color is an immutable skin characteristic. Leftist forces in this country want to attack me for it roundabout. And now, they want to penetrate Christianity via the Episcopal church as a mule and try to isolate the more fundmental folks. Well I say, I can love others who are black and muslim, but I sure as hell don't have to hate myself because either I am white or Christian or MALE!!

  17. And no one respects any man so willing to hide his faith. When Jesus said "turn the other cheek" or "walk a mile with the centurion" has was saying "brother, show your stuff and stand up for yourself!" Not disguise your faith as a "please like me" act.

  18. Ting, you have made me ashamed. The truth you speak is and should be dreadful in our ears. I have never really thought of how immigrants like yourself, that is; persecuted Christian immigrants, might feel about living in this new country, with new found freedom of religion, expression and hope. That after all you have been through in your homeland you must now watch your new home crumble. It is a shame of enormous porportion. A studied Roman scholar once said,"Democracy can only survive for no more than two hundred years. Its failure will rise from the apathy of its citizens." To the apathetic, nothing else matters but self and the immediate. The future is too far to connect with and the past is long gone and spent, never to be reborn.

    So it goes with Christians as well. Apathy in Christians comes from not reading and understanding the word, and not letting God pursue a loving relationship with them. We are told not to love the world or anything in it. Yet, here we are loving the big house we might own, or the big business, the family vacations, all things at our finger tips. But it is all wood, hay and stubble. What about the relationship?

    Jesus told us not to store up our treasures on earth where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves steal. But lay up your treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and theives do not break through and steal. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. I am affraid that America has shown where its heart lies. No man can serve two masters, either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will love the one and hate the other. No man can serve God and riches. America has been a poor example of what to do with the God given freedom we have enjoyed. Optimistically, maybe we can change. It will be hard, but we as Christians are called by God to persevere, to face adversity with prayer and supplication.

    Tell your story Ting. Let people hear God's message through your perspective. Teach us to value our religious freedom, which is to worship God and Him alone without interference from government. Only that nation will truly be free.

    God Bless You, Ting.

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