Inaugural Prayer Controversies

by (@TheIRD) 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 of America’s elites, plus the implosion of once predominant Mainline Protestantism in favor of evangelicals, inaugurations have more recently showcased the […]

IRD Exclusive: Emergent Church Pastor Leaks Alternate Inauguration Benediction

by (@lukemoon1) 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 close to the committee gave the IRD a sneak peak at the written version of a prayer to be given by […]

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

by (@TheIRD) 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 Passion City Church, said he did not want the inauguration to “be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the […]

Providence, Divine Law, and the Transfer of Power

by (@TheIRD) 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 thing. Once again the presidency—the center of power not only for the nation, but for most of the free world—has been transferred […]