Penny Starr writes for CNSnews:
Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, 79, a civil rights activist and widow of the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, was tapped by the committee after Christian pastor Louie Giglio backed out because of a flap over a sermon in which he called homosexuality a sin.
Mrs. Ever-Williams is the first layperson and the first woman to give the invocation since at least the 1937 invocation for FDR’s second term, according to the data available at theJoint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
“America, we are here — our nation’s Capitol,” Evers-Willliams’ invocation began. She asked for “blessings upon our leaders,” but she did not invoke God in her opening. She spoke about mankind and womankind and the “promise of America.”
Her invocation at one point mentioned the “Almighty,” but she left out “Under God” in quoting the Pledge of Allegiance.
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