Strange Spirits & Alien Gods

The changing of the presidential guard was accomplished this past January with a measure of historical-political bluster and a mess of religious blather. It is interesting to note that a Catholic cleric hasn’t been invited to speak at a presidential inauguration since 1985. Even George W. Bush, whom some would liken our “first Catholic president,” neglected to extend an invitation to a Catholic priest. Likewise Barack Obama. Instead, we were treated to the prayer-stylings of Southern Baptist mega-pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback fame, United Methodist minister and civil-rights veteran Joseph Lowery, and Sharon Watkins, president of the Disciples of Christ. Oh yeah, Obama also invited the openly homosexual Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at the opening ceremonies of the inauguration on Sunday, January 19.