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First Amendment column: Prayers in the political arena

7:20 PM, Jan. 29, 2013
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Prayers delivered at presidential inaugurations are rarely quoted and quickly forgotten (at least in the earthly realm).

But in today's deeply divided America, who prays the prayers - and who doesn't - is fast becoming a religio-political weathervane pointing in the direction cultural winds are blowing.

President Barack Obama's choice of the first lay person to give the inaugural invocation might have caused at least a minor stir in other years. But because Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights martyr Medgar Evers, was the one selected to pray - and the ceremony fell on Martin ...

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