Friday, August 08, 2008

Lineup for DNC interfaith service announced

There'll be one of each, almost:
Calling Democrats "people of faith," the Democratic National Committee today announced a huge interfaith gathering to kick off the convention in Denver on August 24.
So immature.

Its the first time the Democrats have brought together so many people of different faiths at one of their national conventions — and heralded musicians will share in the gala, officials said. . . .

Sharing the dais will be an evangelical bishop; a leader of an Islamic society, a Catholic nun and a Jewish rabbi.

Rabbi Tsvi Weinreb, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, will keynote the event.

Also speaking will be Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding prelate of the Church of God in Christ; Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America [yarney-varney!]; and social activist Sister Helen Prejean, who was featured in the award-winning movie Dead Man Walking.

She wasn't featured; she wasn't even in the movie. It was about her.
Music will be by Grammy-award-winning gospel artist Richard Smallwood & Vision and the Spiritual Project of Denver.
All very PC. But (and I hate to bring this up): where's the Mormon?
"Democrats have been, are and will continue to be people of faith — and this interfaith gathering is proof of that," said Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee.
And black liberation theology preacher.

"As Convention CEO and a pastor myself, I am incredibly proud that these esteemed leaders from the faith community will be with us to celebrate this historic occasion and honor the diverse faith traditions inside the Democratic Party."
No atheist speaker, apparently, as Daughtry last week said she was considering. Guess the Mormons shouldn't feel too bad.
In the press release announcing the event, the Democrats made it clear that while they're ecstatic about the diversity of religions participating in the gathering, they are not endorsing any one particular religious group.
Relieved to know it.

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