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01/18/2009

Curb Your Pro-Gay Enthusiasm: HBO shows no Big Love to Robinson speech

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 2-199Annoyed that you didn't get to see Bishop Robinson speak on the HBO broadcast of the "We Are One" event? Yea, we were a little miffed too. After all, the Rick Warren invocation is gonna be beamed across the planet -- why didn't we get a chance to see this more "Hi, Gene!"-ic religious display? It seems a little --- fishy, maybe?

But while we can't explain HBO's decision, have no ability to bring you the video at this point, and simply refuse to reconstruct the invocation with claymation, we can give you a consolation prize: A nice transcript. Read up, if you have the motivation, vision, and literacy:

Opening Inaugural Event - January 18, 2009 -Bishop V. Gene Robinson

Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me in pausing for a moment, to ask God’s blessing upon our nation and our next president.

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…

Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.

Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.

And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people.

Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.

Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods.

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.

Amen.

Nice. Sweet. Hopeful. Would have been nice bit of televised ointment to soothe some of the still-open Warren wounds.

We'll have to wait and see if the networks will inexplicably forget to air Rick Warren's invocation come Tuesday. Oh, but let us go ahead and give you one hint: THEY WON'T FORGET.

Gene Robinson's Prayer for President-elect Barack Obama [Episcopal Cafe]

**UPDATE: Internet video has surfaced: The speech of which we were Robbedinsoned [G-A-Y]

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I just found video over at youtube. Looks like it was taken by a spectator.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWWAnitUCw4

So frustrating.

Posted by: Matt Algren | Jan 19, 2009 12:09:27 AM

... so much for the audacity of hope and a belief for change.

Posted by: Ordinary Girl | Jan 19, 2009 2:13:24 PM

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