A reason why I left the Episcopal Church. Now the hypocrisy of the church will be on full view for the world to see.
Wishing to be on both sides of an issue usually means one is on neither, but then we are speaking of a politician who has made an art of speaking out of both sides of his mouth when he is forced to speak more than platitudes.
President-elect Barack Obama, facing criticism from gay rights advocates for picking an evangelical pastor who helped overturn same-sex marriage in California to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, has chosen the openly gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire to offer a prayer at a pre-inauguration event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Obama's choice, announced yesterday, of Bishop V. Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at a star-studded inaugural celebration Sunday evening was immediately greeted with praise by gay rights advocates, who had been irate over the invitation to Rick Warren, one of the nation's most prominent evangelicals. Among the critics had been Robinson, an early Obama supporter who said yesterday he is now hoping that he will be able to sit down with Warren before either of them gives his opening invocation next week.
With all of his flip flops, before he has even taken the oath, I hope the "O" has a quality back brace. He'll need one. We'll need one too.