Monday, January 21, 2013

Pardon Me for Not Being a Christian

Why is it okay for invocations and benedictions at US presidential inaugurations to be religiously specific and exclusive, explicitly invoking the name of Jesus or referring to the "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit"? Does that not tend to elevate (dare I say "establish"?) one religion over others? Are Jews, Muslims, and Atheists such imperfect Americans that we should be deliberately and casually excluded from such benedictions?

(By the way, I know that some on the religious right would be more than happy to answer that last question in the affirmative. But the question is directed not at them but at our political leaders, including our Constitutional Law Professor-in-Chief, who presumably have a better educated appreciation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Or do I presume too much?)

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