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The Religious Leaders Taking Part in Trump’s Inaugural Ceremony

A-list celebrities could also be staying away from Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on Friday, however a lot of non secular leaders will participate within the ceremony, studying Scripture and providing prayers for his administration.

Six non secular leaders — together with a rabbi, a cardinal, and a various group of Protestant preachers — will take part, greater than for any earlier president, stated Jim Bendat, an writer and historian of inaugural ceremonies. Every may have 60 to 90 seconds to supply a studying or lead a prayer.

“Some inaugurations have had only one, others have had two or three protecting completely different religions, however it is a file,” Mr. Bendat stated.

Listed below are those that are scheduled to take part:


Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Cardinal Dolan has been the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York since 2009. His participation within the inauguration has been controversial partially as a result of he has criticized Mr. Trump.

In a 2015 op-ed piece for The Day by day Information, he described the president-elect because the modern-day manifestation of “the ugly phenomenon known as nativism” that formed American politics within the 19th and early 20th centuries. He stated voters ought to “take significantly the Bible’s educating that we’re to welcome the stranger.”

Final week on his radio present, the cardinal stated he was “honored” to be invited to participate within the inauguration and stated he would have accomplished the identical factor had Hillary Clinton gained the election.

“It’s not the individual, it’s the workplace, proper?” he stated. “I pray with prisoners. That doesn’t imply I approve of what they’ve accomplished.”
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

Mr. Rodriguez is the president of the Nationwide Hispanic Christian Management Convention, a corporation that claims it represents roughly 100 million Hispanic evangelicals in the USA and Latin America. In a press release, he stated that he noticed collaborating within the inauguration as “not only a patriotic honor” however “as a sacred responsibility.”

Mr. Rodriguez has walked a tightrope up to now, defending Mr. Trump in opposition to accusations of racism (he known as them “hyperbole from the liberal media”) but additionally talking up for undocumented immigrants, a lot of whom attend evangelical church buildings.

“The overwhelming majority usually are not rapists or murderers,” he stated in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Community. “They’re really born-again Christians, dedicated to biblical orthodoxy or very staunch conservative Catholics. How about that? So that they’re not rapists or murderers and we’ve got to discover a means of discovering an answer. If we’re not going to deport them, how are we going to combine them?”
Pastor Paula White

Pastor White is a Florida televangelist who’s controversial in evangelical circles for her promotion of prosperity gospel, which states that true believers might be blessed not simply with everlasting salvation but in addition with well being and wealth on Earth. She can also be the pastor of a church in Apopka, Fla.

Prosperity gospel is a theological world that has seen some abuse from the misuse of economic donations given to hurry the arrival of God’s blessings. The fund-raising practices of Ms. White and different televangelists have been investigated by the Senate Finance Committee in 2007, however no wrongdoing was discovered.

On her web site, Pastor White sells a spread of non secular self-help merchandise like books and DVDs and likewise exhorts followers to make a “first fruits” donation to her ministry, a present she says is ”mandated by God.”

“Your sacrificial providing might be a seed for blessings for the rest of the 12 months,” Pastor White wrote. “In accordance with Ezekiel 44, if you current your First Fruits providing, it’ll trigger a blessing to relaxation upon your own home!”
Rabbi Marvin Hier

Rabbi Hier is the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Middle, a Jewish human rights group named after the 20th-century Nazi hunter and Holocaust survivor.

Critics have referred to as for him to drop out of the inauguration, citing Mr. Trump’s assist amongst white nationalist teams, however the rabbi stated taking part within the ceremony was a “no-brainer” for him.

“There are 364 days a yr for politics, for the 2 sides to pile on one another. 300 sixty-four days of that’s sufficient,” he stated. “As soon as each 4 years, the president of United States deserves a go from each side from political bickering; in any other case, we weaken our democracy.”

Rabbi Hier would be the first Jewish spiritual chief to participate in an inaugural ceremony since 1985, he stated, a incontrovertible fact that weighed in his resolution to attend.

“If a rabbi turned this down and stated no?” he stated, “It will be an incredible backlash. Many individuals would say ‘have a look at how ungrateful the Jewish group is.’”


The Rev. Franklin Graham

Mr. Graham is the son of Billy Graham, a pioneering televangelist and longtime non secular adviser to American presidents from each events.

He has continued a lot of his father’s work. He’s president and chief govt of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Affiliation and has been a vocal Trump supporter.

The day after the election, Mr. Graham wrote on Fb that Mr. Trump had received as a result of “God’s hand intervened Tuesday evening to cease the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking management of our nation.”

He continued:

A whole lot of hundreds of Christians from throughout the USA have been praying. This yr, they got here out to each state capitol to hope for this election and for the way forward for America. Prayer teams have been began. Households prayed. Church buildings prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God confirmed up.


Bishop Wayne T. Jackson

Bishop Jackson runs Nice Religion Ministries Worldwide and Impression Tv Community, which describes itself as the one Christian community based and operated by African-People.

Bishop Jackson hosted Mr. Trump at his Detroit church and interviewed him on his community final September, a call which drew criticism from different African-American religious leaders due to the president-elect’s feedback about minorities.

Within the interview, the bishop requested Mr. Trump how he deliberate to heal the nation’s racial divide if he received the presidency. Mr. Trump attributed that polarization to a scarcity of “spirit” and inner-city poverty and promised to create jobs.

Bishop Jackson defended his go to with Mr. Trump to The Detroit Free Press in August.

“It’s not about being a Judas to my folks,” he stated. “This isn’t an endorsement. That is engagement, for him to inform us what he desires to do.”

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