So, of course, we just can't be happy. Nope. We could have had the Pope there and it would have been too Catholic. A rabbi, too Jewish. Oprah, too talk showy. Seriously. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT?
From Power Line, a blog, we get this regarding the invocation from Carlos Gonzales, a member of the Pascua Yaqui nation:
As for the "ugly," I'm afraid I must cite the opening "prayer" by Native American Carlos Gonzales. It was apparently was some sort of Yaqui Indian tribal thing, with lots of references to "the creator" but no mention of God. Several of the victims were, as I understand it, quite religious in that quaint Christian kind of way (none, to my knowledge, was a Yaqui). They (and their families) likely would have appreciated a prayer more closely aligned with their religious beliefs.
I think that you will find that most people, regardless of religious leanings, are appreciative of any kind words in a time of grief or suffering. There are many American Indians who are Catholic, Methodist, Episcopalian, etc etc etc and there are also those who still go with the whole Mother Earth Father Sky thing. It's all groovy, dude, just chill and feel the blessings wash over you.
Here is one from the Washington Examiner:
Regardless of one's view of Pantheism, its prominent inclusion at the opening of a memorial service on a state-run university campus featuring a lengthy list of public officials would seem, by the familiar expressions of liberal multicultural conventional wisdom, a blatant violation of separation of church and state.
But, thank goodness for this:
Fortunately, the organizers could not control the content of the speakers' presentations. President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano all included moving passages of Old and New Testament scripture, thus connecting them and their listeners to the most comforting language, symbols and values shared by the vast majority of Americans.
I would just like to point out that Arizona has a large American Indian population. For realsies. The name of our city, for example, comes from the indigenous population. We are home to the Cochise stronghold, Geronimo, and rockin' Hopi stuff. I mean, COME ON!
I'm really just sick of it. Seriously.