HBO doesn't air Robinson's prayer

Posted on 19 Jan 2009 at 9:27am

In what some are characterizing as an intentional snub, HBO didn’t air openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson’s invocation yesterday prior to the the pre-inaugural “We Are One” concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Bloggers today are speculating that the move was intentional, because the network wanted to avoid controversy. They are also urging people to contact HBO and complain. If you’ll remember, the selection of Robinson to deliver the prayer was considered an olive branch to the LGBT community after President-elect Obama chose evangelical Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at the inauguration itself. What do you think?

(The above video of Robinson’s prayer was provided via YouTube by Christianity Today. You can read a transcript of Robinson’s remarks on the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire’s Web site.)

UPDATE: To read HBO’s initial response, go here.

UPDATE NO. 2: Leah McElrath Renna has the latest in The Huffington Post. Basically, both HBO and the Presidential Inaugural Committee are denying responsibility for the fact that Robinson’s remarks were excluded from the broadcast. Also, NPR has picked up this story, and audio of their interview with Robinson reportedly will be posted on their Web site at 5 p.m. Central time.

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