The President reached out to all Americans whether secularists, Christians, Muslims, Jews , Hindus or nonbelievers Which I thought was remarkable.I think Pastor Rick Warren, whose participation drew the most criticism from liberals and gay rights groups, directly invoked Jesus as expected in his invocation. I read somewhere that he also quoted from the most important prayer in Judaism, the Sh’ma, when he said, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One,” and he called God “the compassionate and merciful one,” a phrase from Muslim devotion. Pastor Warren prayer was very much inclusive of everybody.
Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist who is considered as one of the bricks of the civil rights movement, focused on poverty and social justice. He called the stage where Obama took his oath “this mountaintop,” a reference to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech. Prayer has never cause this much focus at any event. Most Prayers at these events draw little attention but this inauguration event was different. Is it because faith/ religion were part of President Obamas start early on? The President spoke of his faith openly during the election and yesterday it came full circle.