Inauguration and Rick Warren

20 01 2009

Obviously the justices’ addition of “so help me god” is unconstitutional (Biden and Obama can say it, but it’s not part of the oath), but that’s already been widely discussed thanks to the lawsuit, so I’m just going to deal with Warren’s contempt for the  Constitution and non Christians.

Watching the invocation, I actually thought it seemed much better than I had expected. Sure, it shouldn’t have been done at all, but it could have been worse. He even said that we should not divide ourselves with religion.

“Our Father in heaven,”

Nonono shut up!

“hallowed be your name,”

Shut up shut up shut up!

“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.”

So much for that, then. Reciting a Christian prayer immediately changed the nature of the invocation from something that, while explicitly religious, was not willfully exclusive, into a Christian invocation, and the argument that it is being done simply for the sake of good will or whatever (bad arguments, but at least they’re pretending not to be insulting anyone) vanished in a puff of smoke.

Obama has fairly consistently been exactly the opposite of this, so I’m not worried that this is a sign of things to come, but it still bothers me, although that he specifically countered this sort of religious exclusivity in his speech, and that Warren ended up clashing with the tone of the whole thing was nice.  So I guess Obama gets a thumbs up, and Warren gets a rather different gesture.