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Bishop Robinson
Talks Obama on Rachel Maddow

Bishop Robinson
Talks Obama on Rachel Maddow

Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night and discussed President-elect Obama, the Rick Warren controversy, and other topics with the MSNBC host. Robinson, the gay bishop of New Hampshire, will give the opening invocation at Obama's inaugural festivities this Sunday and said -- once again -- that he's disappointed in the incoming president's selection of Warren to conduct a prayer on Inauguration Day.

Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night and discussed President-elect Obama, the Rick Warren controversy, and other topics with the MSNBC host. Robinson, the gay bishop of New Hampshire, will give the opening invocation at Obama's inaugural festivities this Sunday and said -- once again -- that he's disappointed in the incoming president's selection of Warren to conduct a prayer on Inauguration Day.

"You know, being a supporter of Barack Obama doesn't mean that we don't critique certain decisions that he might make," Robinson told Maddow. "And so many of us in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, we're just stunned, really, by this choice."

However, he added, "in the intervening days, it appears that Barack Obama is being the person he told us he was and that he intended to be, by including all voices in this inauguration and, indeed, in his administration."

Later in the segment, Robinson compared the inclusive spirit of Jesus with that of the president-elect. "No one had a bigger tent than Jesus," the bishop said, adding, "That sort of vision, I believe, is Barack Obama's vision as well. And I long for a government that respects the dignity of every human being, especially those who are less fortunate."

In addition to delivering the invocation on Sunday, Robinson said he'd be participating in Obama's swearing-in on Tuesday and attending other inaugural events. (Advocate.com)

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