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Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson (you know, the gay one) gave the invocation at Obama's pre-inaugural "We Are One" concert in DC last night. The concert was broadcast (for free) on HBO, but--for some reason--Robinson's invocation was trimmed from the beginning of the ceremonies.

A video of Robinson's invocation--shot from the audience--is here, and a transcript is here. The Union Leader (h/t: Steve Benen at Washington Monthly) writes that Robinson's inclusive invocation was a deliberate response to the "aggressively Christian" previous invocations:

"All I could think about when I read them was, 'My goodness, what does a Jew think hearing this? What does a Muslim think? What does a Sikh or a Hindu think?' Having been not included, as a gay man, in so many instances, the last thing I want to do is exclude any American from this."

Michael Jensen writes at After Elton that HBO is blaming the Presidential Inauguration Committee for the omission, although how that explains the absence of screen credit for the DC Gay Men's Chorus remains unclear.

Does anyone think that Rick Warren's invocation tomorrow will be similarly excised from history?

Yeah, I thought not.

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