Prayer Watch

Rick Warren Ducks Controversy

That was it? After weeks of buildup in which progressive groups took President Obama to task for selecting Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation, the pastor delivered an apolitical message celebrating the civil rights victory embodied by the day and acknowledging the challenges of our time. "Today we celebrate the hinge point of history in the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States, a land of unequal possibility where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest leadership," Warren said. "Dr. King and his witnesses are shouting in heaven." While Warren kept his speech nonpartisan, he did not keep it nondenominational as he invoked Jesus Christ directly by name rather than employing more broadly inclusive language.