Presidential Inauguration

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Wake up evangelicals: It’s time to change the culture, not politics

Anti-gay marriage protesters lost in Maryland in 2012. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press) A law that evangelicals invested millions of dollars into … Continued

Rev. Luis Leon reveals backlash to his reference to gays in presidential inauguration

Nikki Kahn THE WASHINGTON POST From left to right Marian Shields Robinson, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, President Barack Obama … Continued

On Homosexuality, Many Christians Get the Bible Wrong

Will Christians of tomorrow read the Bible’s homosexuality passages the way Christians of today read the slavery passages?

What Christians should learn from Dan Cathy

Tim Carman/The Washington Post See also –What gay rights activists should learn from Shane Windmeyer On Monday it came out … Continued

Perils and politics of inaugural prayers

Justin Sullivan GETTY IMAGES U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) listen as Rev. Luis … Continued

A United States for nonbelievers?

JEWEL SAMAD AFP/GETTY IMAGES US President Barack Obama takes the oath of office in front of First Lady Michelle Obama … Continued

Obama extols a biblical vision of equality for all in second inaugural

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of … Continued

Rev. Luis Leon gives benediction at Obama inauguration: ‘

JEWEL SAMAD AFP/GETTY IMAGES President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and family members listen to Reverend Dr. Luis … Continued

Myrlie Evers-Williams gives invocation at President Obama inauguration (full transcript)

Justin Sullivan GETTY IMAGES WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Myrlie Evers-Williams gives the invocation as U.S. President Barack Obama looks … Continued

Pastor pulls out of inauguration over anti-gay sermon

The evangelical pastor chosen by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his inauguration ceremonies withdrew on Thursday (Jan. 10) … Continued

Protecting ‘American Atheists’ 2.0

Dear patriotic protectors of American Atheists, Less than two weeks ago, I asked you to assist me in finalizing “The … Continued

The Legacy of King’s Letter

Today’s guest blogger is Angie Chan, a senior Linguistics Major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, … Continued

Religious Rhetoric: Obama Tones It Down, And Chief Justice Roberts Bungles Secular Oath

President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, which was notable for its sober, realistic assessment of the challenges our nation confronts, was … Continued

Pray in the Spirit (Not the Name) of Jesus

I favor having a prayer at the presidential inauguration ceremony, but such prayers should be as inclusive as possible. The … Continued

Inaugural Prayers Fit America as a Civilization

1…..Should the presidential inauguration ceremony include prayers by clergy? 2…..Should President-elect Obama say “so help me God” at the end … Continued

A Transitional and Transcendent Moment

Should the presidential inauguration ceremony include prayers by clergy? Should President-elect Obama say “so help me God” at the end … Continued

Atheists Lose Inauguration Challenge

God is welcome at President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in. U.S. Dist. Judge Reggie B. Walton refused to grant an injunction in … Continued

Inauguration Prayers of God or Government?

Should a Baptist minister be allowed to pray in the name of Jesus at a presidential inauguration but not a … Continued

True Faith Not An Empty Ritual

I have no objection to prayers by clergy at presidential inaugurations, though I think the real threat lies not in … Continued


Relearning Heschel, Rebirthing King, Re-Inaugurating America In mid-January, several sacred American times will flow together in a way that invites … Continued