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Trump Invites Critics to Pray at Inauguration

Three of the six openly challenged Trump during the campaign

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office, Rev. Sam Rodriguez Jr. will stand on the inaugural platform and proclaim Jesus’ famous words from the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Alongside him will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who plans to read aloud from Solomon’s prayer to God for wisdom when he became king of Israel: “Even one who is perfect among human beings will be regarded as nothing without the wisdom that comes from you,” the passage reads.

The words are pointed, and more so because of who says them. Both Rodriguez and Dolan were critical of Trump during his campaign, and for an incoming president who is famous for targeting his opponents, their participation stands out. Trump has selected an unusually large mix of both friends and critics to bless his new Administration, some famed, others fringe.

Rodriguez and Dolan will be joined by four others who will also read Scripture and pray. Trump’s longtime spiritual advisor Paula White, leader of the pentecostal New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, will pray to invoke God’s blessing on America and the new Administration. White will be the first woman pastor to ever pray in an inaugural ceremony, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Two-time Academy Award winner Rabbi Marvin Heir, founder…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://time.com/4634445/donald-trump-inauguration-prayer/ ]