Barack Obama announced that he was inviting practicing homosexual Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to pray at an inaugural event at the Lincoln Memorial. This was no doubt a response to attacks on him for inviting evangelical pastor Rick Warren to speak at his inaugural ceremony. Warren incurred the wrath of homosexual activists for having the tumidity to support traditional marriage efforts in California.
Robinson is facilitating a split within the Episcopal by thumbing his nose at basic Christian morality through his homosexual behavior which will no doubt lead to the eventual disintegration of the Episcopal Church in America.
Robinson issued a statement expressing his “great honor to be there representing the Episcopal Church, the people of New Hampshire, and all of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.” Here he's rubbing the noses of people of New Hampshire and the Episcopal Church who don't agree with his views or behavior in the dirt by saying he represents them.
And of course he took at a shot at religious conservatives and orthodox believers who value the Christian heritage our nation and culture when he told the New York Times that “he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was ‘horrified’ at how ‘specifically and aggressively Christian they were.’”
Bishop Robinson said, “I am very clear that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that. The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer.”
Obama, I suspect, wants to be the president of all Americans and he recognizes that America doesn't reflect the leftist values of portions of his political constituency. For daring to stray too far from liberal "orthodoxy" even symbolically he's getting hammered from the left.
As Pat Buchanan observed around Election Day, Barack Obama will end up at war with significant portions of his own party or the American people. His attempts to walk that fine line before he's even inaugurated is increasingly difficult.