I was very curious about Rick Warren's invocation and so I was curious to find it in print and see what he said. This bothered me: "Evangelical pastor Rick Warren, whose participation drew criticism from liberals and gay rights groups, directly invoked Jesus as expected in his invocation, but did so personally. 'I
humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life,' he prayed."
Well, I can understand it. If we are slipping as a Christian nation, which Mr. Obama has implied many times, and come out and said at least once, then Rick Warren was correct in only invoking Jesus personally. But, Christians are roughly 82% of our population. I'd have thought it might be acceptable to have said "I humbly ask this in the name of Jesus Christ," since the world knows Rick Warren's affiliation. And it also is aware of America's huge Christian population.
Then, Mr. Obama told us that "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers." The latest statistics I found today ranged from 2% Jews and 1% Muslims to both having 1% of the American population. Jews and Muslims, the same amount. Hindus are so miniscule a population that they are not on the statistics I researched. Why would an American president, in a country where "Judeo Christian" is a term often applied to our ethics and values, suddenly put Islam before Judaism? Strange, I thought. Devastating to some of my friends who called and emailed, Jewish and Christian. I guess it cheered the Muslim groups and gave them HOPE.
But, putting religions aside, here was what I thought was the most naive thing he said, though I haven't really pondered the whole speech in great detail yet: "...our security emanates from the justness of our cause,.."
To which my comment is. YIKE! Think about it......hard.
Did any of you have anything you found troubling or exciting...positive? I hope you'll take the time to share it. Anybody have a favorite line that really resonated with you positively? A line that invoked YIKE?!!
By the way, I thought Aretha Franklin's hat was absolutely wonderful!
UPDATE: Here is what the new Obama White House Site says about :
In June of 2006, then-Senator Obama delivered what was called the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years. Speaking before an evangelical audience, then-Senator Obama candidly discussed his own religious conversion and doubts, and the need for a deeper, more substantive discussion about the role of faith in American life.
Senator Obama also laid down principles for how to discuss faith in a pluralistic society, including the need for religious people to translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values during public debate. In December 2006, President Obama discussed the importance of faith in the global battle against AIDS.