Union Leader: Robinson’s speech: Divisive, as expected
The day after Bishop Robinson’s invocation at the We Are One concert, the Union Leader ran this disappointing editorial disparaging his prayer:
Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, gave the opening prayer for the inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Ignoring the theme of unity set for the inauguration, Robinson gave not a prayer but a political speech, one worthy of a college sophomore hot to tweak his parents.
Robinson explained his non-Christian “prayer” by saying he thought previous inaugural prayers were “aggressively Christian.” In hope of excluding no one, he excluded Christ. Except, he mentioned God, so he left the athiests out in the cold. Oh, well.
By Robinson’s own logic, he should not have been allowed to pray at all for fear of offending nonbelievers. But that’s silly. And so is refusing to mention Christ for fear of offending non-Christians.
Through the years, Robinson has had many opportunities to make his beliefs known in ways that don’t offend and divide people. Most of the time, he chooses to divide. For a man of God, that’s really not productive behavior. But it sure draws a lot of attention to Gene Robinson.
While not the Union Leader’s work, this comment implicated God’s almighty hand as meddling with the event sound system:
Don’t feel too bad, apparently the microphone or speakers stopped working as soon as Robinson started his tirade, and only a few people at the front actually heard him. The vast 700 thousand more couldn’t hear a word, and as the Obama inauguration team told HBO that Robinson’s “prayer” was confined to the pre-show portion, it wasn’t recorded or televised across the nation.
Perhaps God’s hand in action? I think he’s trying to tell Gene Robinson something, let’s hope he listens.
- Karen Duffy, Manchester, NH