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Inaugural Prayer Controversies

January 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) American civil religion is always exemplified in presidential inaugurals. Typically the selection of clergy for inaugural prayers has not been controversial. But amid culture war of recent years and secularization…


IRD Exclusive: Emergent Church Pastor Leaks Alternate Inauguration Benediction

January 17, 2013

By Joseph Sunde With the inauguration only days away, the Presidential Inauguration Committee has asked for a back-up third-string pastor to be ready to give the benediction should Luis Leon be pressured out. Sources…


Mark Tooley Quoted on Life Site News about Louie Giglio Stepping Down

January 10, 2013

Rev. Louie Giglio, the pro-family pastor picked by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his Jan. 21st inauguration, has backed out after a pressure campaign by homosexual activists. Rev. Giglio, who heads Atlanta’s…


Providence, Divine Law, and the Transfer of Power

January 22, 2009

James Tonkowich January 22, 2009   The following originally appeared in a recent IRD Weekly e-newsletter.  If you would like to receive our weekly e-newsletter, click here and select “IRD Weekly.”   It is a beautiful…