Now that he’s on tap for Barack Obama’s inaguration festivities, Robinson complains about the prayers that went before him:
Bishop Robinson said he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.”
“I am very clear,” he said, “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.”
Bishop Robinson said he might address the prayer to “the God of our many understandings,” language that he said he learned from the 12-step program he attended for his alcohol addiction.
Robinson would make more sense if he just ditched the Christian prayers altogether, including all those he intones as Bishop of New Hampshire. Ditching the Scripture quotes would make it easier to line up his way of life with his theology, too. Who knows, perhaps he can get Christian prayers and Scripture quotes excised from whatever replaces the 1979 BCP, and then we would at last have some transparency in the TEC.