Thoughts from the Sneezing Couch

robinsonI apologize for the light posting the last couple of days, but I have felt like my head was about to explode — both literally and figuratively. Perhaps you remember a few days ago I mentioned that I was fighting a cold and that it needed to either get on with it or go away. Well, it got on with it, and most of today was spent napping, much to Fritz the Dog’s delight. I’m upright now, sitting on the couch, but still a little foggy. I don’t expect great things from this post ….

Did you know that tomorrow is the Presidential inauguration? Did you? I am torn between obsessing about the coverage, watching every second of Obama’s movements in the hours leading up to the swearing in, and on the other hand, remembering that life goes on around the world and that we should be focusing energy elsewhere, too.  Some of my head-explosion comes from things like this post from Pam’s House Blend:

HBO, Presidential Inaugural Committee still pointing fingers over invisible Robinson invocation

Coming on the heels of the controversy caused by selection of Rick Warren to deliver the Invocation at the Inauguration, the omission of the prayer delivered by openly-gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson from the broadcast of the pre-Inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial is creating a controversy of its own.

In a conversation with this writer, Jeff Cusson, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs for HBO, confirmed that HBO was not involved in the decision to move Bishop Robinson’s remarks to a time prior to the beginning of the actual broadcast:

“HBO had no involvement in the scheduling of those who appeared as part of the televised event. You’ll have to talk to PIC about all of the scheduling decisions. We had a set broadcast time and went forth accordingly.”

I just received a statement from the Obama camp/Presidential Inaugural Committee:

“We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson’s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday’s program.  We regret the error in executing this plan – but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event,” said PIC communications director Josh Earnest.

Take that for what it’s worth. At least both parties know this was a f*ck up worthy of the fallout.

Bishop Robinson was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation today. The audio, according to the web site, will be up around 6PM ET.

Of course this is a joyous time in America for many, many reasons. Be sure to check out The Altnerative Invocation blog tomorrow while “Pastor Rick” Warren receives the national attention that Bishop Gene Robinson did not. As Quaker Dave succinctly writes:

Over the years, Mr. Warren has supported the idea of criminalizing reproductive choice, he has advocated for the assassination of foreign leaders who oppose the policy positions of the American government, and most recently, he gave support to California’s controversial Proposition 8, which outlawed marriage equality for gay and lesbian citizens of that state.  He has, in the past, compared gay marriage to incest, child abuse, polygamy, and rape (video here).

Tomorrow’s inauguration is a great moment in our history, but there’s much more to be done.



  1. I thought you were just depressed about the Ravens loss! I hope today is the day that things really turn around!

    Feel better soon.

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