The Prayer at Obama’s Inauguration

by Steve Ray on December 22, 2008

screen-capture-2Dr. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, has been asked to give the invocation (prayer) at the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Barak Obama. Rick Warren is a Christian who is pro-life. How will he handle this significant request?

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International has written an Open Letter to Dr. Warren concerning Obama’s request — to have Warren deliver the opening prayer. His letter is profoundly appropriate and I hope Warren takes heed. Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“. . .Your accepting his invitation to pray at his Inauguration, however, does not fit into your stated goal to “model civility.” An Inauguration is not the time or place to have that civil dialogue: it is a time to celebrate a political victory. On the contrary, your presence there gives the appearance of endorsing his Administration and even of blessing its inevitable radical policies, and hence your presence there gives scandal to the faithful. While you correctly point out that the Bible says we should pray for our leaders, it does not say that we should pray at their events or in their presence, lest we be used as political pawns. John the Baptist did not pray at the court of Herod, nor Jesus in the Praetorium of Pilate; Paul did not pray in the presence of Gallio or Caesar; Peter did not even offer an invocation before the Sanhedrin! “Better for us to obey God than man,” he said (Acts 5:29), and he followed that up with the sacrifice of his life for the sake of Christ’s fledgling church, not exactly a politically-correct act.

I too am a pastor of souls, and I speak in the name of many in the pro-life movement who are deeply scandalized by your decision to invoke God’s blessing at this ceremony which signals immense doom for the weakest and most vulnerable Americans, the unborn. Millions of death warrants will be signed, sealed and delivered over to the powerful abortion lobby perhaps within hours of your blessing. . . .”

To read the whole letter from Fr. Thomas Euteneuer to Pastor Rick Warren, click here. For the Catholic News Agency report, click here.

I would encourage you to pass it along, even to Dr. Warren (Dr. Rick Warren,
Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Pkwy., Lake Forest, CA 92630. You can call (949) 609-8000 or e-mail at

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Brother Ed December 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM

What a fine letter. He lays out his points so concisely and thoroughly, without any rancor. I hope that Dr. Warren will listen to him and not only withdraw, but send a letter to the media indicating that he does not wish to appear to be endorsing the victorious Democratic Party.

Fr. Euteneur is one fine and godly priest!! May the Church be blessed with hundreds more like him!!

Brother Ed

David L. December 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I think that by going, Rev. Warren can be a witness against the very evils Fr. Euteneur has enumerated.

STEVE RAY HERE: OK, we hold our breath waiting for your explanation.

Brother Ed December 24, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Someone doesn’t understand the principle of being a witness. That’s like one of the early Christians saying “Well, I’ll go to the arena and watch my brothers and sisters be thrown to the lions so I can be a witness of Christ’s love.” Sheeeesh.

Or maybe like going into one of those XXX rated “adult playpens” to be a witness for purity of life. Ugh!!

What don’t you understand about the fact that presence at an event indicates a certain amount of agreement with what is going on there? What kind of “Christian testimony” would I give if I attended the illegal dogfights that go on around this country?

Brother Ed December 24, 2008 at 5:04 PM

One more thing to say!


Let some lesbo “priestess” from some liberal religious whorehouse like the Episcopalians, Methodists, or Unitarians give one of those insipid “blessings” in the name of the goddess. That is more Obama’s style anyway!!

In case you haven’t figured it out, dude, YOU ARE BEING PLAYED!!! so that Obama can put out this front of being “all inclusive” while he stealthily signs the murderous FOCA under which persecution of Christians will take off in this country.

You better strap on your seat belt, boy!!! It’s gonna git bumpy here in America!!

Brother Ed December 24, 2008 at 5:22 PM

My letter to Rick Warren:

Dear Pastor Warren —

By now I am sure that you have received and perhaps are pondering the eloquent plea sent to you by Fr. Euteneur asking you to excuse yourself from the Democratic celebration which will be taking place on January 20th. I read Fr. Euteneur’s letter and found it solid in the points it makes regarding the need to take a firm stand for life. I think this is especially important in light of Mr. Obama’s promises to increase funding to Planned Parenthood and also to sign the deadly FOCA bill.

There is not much I could add to Fr. Euteneur’s letter. I know that perhaps you are pondering all the ramifications of such a withdrawal, and perhaps one of the things you ponder is what people will think of you personally.

First of all, the liberals will not think one iota better of you. They already hate your guts (as they do all serious Christians who actually name evil as evil). Some of the things I have seen on liberal blogs regarding your person should make you realize that short of conversion, they will NEVER think anything positive of a dedicated Christian who follows God’s agenda. Your appearance there will simply anger and annoy them. It will not change their minds, no matter what you say. Do not the scriptures teach in Romans 1 that there comes a fearful time in a person’s life when they are beyond listening and God gives them over to reprobate minds?

However, if you do withdrawl, and make it quite clear to the media that it is in protest of Obama’s pro-death stand (or however you feel fit to word your opposition), those of us who have supported, marched for, demonstrated for, been arrested and sometimes beaten for, the cause of life for the innocent unborn, will consider you a hero who had the courage to stand up for the convictions of God in a public place.

Please add my voice to those who have written to you urging you to change your mind and make it quite clearly known to the media just why you are doing this. No doubt there will be those who will lie and say it is because you are racist and hate the idea of a black president. We have had to listen to that charge for months now as we opposed Obama’s run for the White House. What we oppose, of course, is the idea of a barbarian in the White House who has the moral and ethical equivalency of an Aztec high priest. This is something that the pro-death crowd simply does not understand, therefore, they will latch onto any ad hominem with which to attack you. You will simply have to stand your ground and be ready for the onslaught of lies and innuendo.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Edward A. Hara

C’mon folks!!! Get on the bandwagon and write this man, helping him to make the right choice!!

Brother Ed

HGomez December 25, 2008 at 4:44 PM

FOCA – as I’ve heard from Fr. Mitch – should be defined as…


David L. December 27, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Here is my explanation Steve:

How can we be a witness for life if we refuse to confront the enemies of life on their own turf? The Apostle Paul went to the Mars Hill to preach to the Athenian elders about the unknown God and St Francis risked his life witnessing to an Egyptian Sultan. Surely, Rich Warren can do the same on Inauguration Day and hopefully use the occasion to make a case for life. Who knows? Perhaps our new President will listen and have a “Road to Damascus” experience@

STEVE RAY HERE: I agree, but here is the rub. If he goes to the Inauguration and just plays along without taking a stand he condones Obama’s anti-life position. Hopefully he will stand up and pray powerfully and unambiguously for life and even publically instruct (confront) our next president. But to bunt a homerun pitch would be very disappointing and play right into the hands of the enemy.

David L. December 28, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Steve I agree. Pastor Warren should use the occasion to stand up for life. Something tells me he will.

Tom Kinsella January 15, 2009 at 9:13 PM

How does Rev. Eutenuer know that Barack Obams’s administration will be a ‘period of immense doom’ for unborn infants? And even if Obama is in favor of abortion It won’t do any good to get huffy about it. better to have discourse with the Right fo Life People. Roe vs Wade actually gives the 50 states the option to prohibit abortion in the third trimester. Right to life people should get the states to take advantage of this option. You here most Right to Life People saying that Roe vs Wade is an abominatiion, Let’s calm down and try to get the states to prohibit third trimester abortiions.

Donna Ray January 20, 2009 at 1:36 AM

I am a pro-lifer that does not believe Obama is “for” abortion. He is one of many that believes he is for women’s rights. I myself being a woman could never understand why women’s rights were more important that the fetus’.
I believe Obama can be educated in the matter of abortion. Nothing is in stone, from the Articles of the Confederation to the Constitution and beyond, many things have changed. Slavery has been abolished for example and at one time, religious folks did not find it immoral.
I am against killing of innocent people, period. Abortion is not the only sin and it should not be the ireason to vote for a President or not. There are many many issues to pay attention to. We can pressure presidents. We can pressure the supreme court. We can make changes.
I have not been a religious person all my life and I have people in my past I am not proud I associated with, I learned and went forward. Obama should not be continually compared with the folks in his past unless he wants to be. There is so much hatred in some of the catholic sites, it scares me.

STEVE RAY HERE: Donna, what you say is hate, is not hate. It is no more hate than when Jesus kicked the merchants out of the temple. It is righteous indignation and a sense of justice. I do not hate Obama nor do the writers of these letters. We strongly disagree with him and his immoral positions, but you are incorrect to interpret that as hate. Ultimately it is love that cares for innocent humans, especially the most innocent.

It is good for you that you left people from your past behind and moved forward. The problem is that Obama has not left them in his past — he still embraces them. He did not ditch the hateful “Reverend” Wright until he absolutely had to for political reason, for expediency. He CAN be compared to people from his past because they helped shape his ideology and thinking and he still embraces them to this day though he may be hesitant to admit it.

As for religious folks not finding slavery immoral, many did, many didn’t, but happily the Catholic Church was always against it.

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