Religious leaders  stress piety over politics at inauguration

Religious leaders stress piety over politics at inauguration

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Religious leaders at inauguration stress piety over politics
Donald Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. (Credit: NBC screen capture.)

For the most part, the religious leaders who took part in Friday’s inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States emphasized piety over politics, offering prayers which, in principle, could be shared by Americans of virtually any political persuasion.

Prior to Trump taking the oath of office, three prominent figures on the American Christian landscape were called upon to offer Scriptural readings and an invocation: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who went first; Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an Evangelical; and Pastor Paula White-Cain of the New Destiny Christian Center, an Evangelical and televangelist.

Dolan delivered a reading…


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