Welcome to the 31st edition of the Humanist Symposium! On January 22, 2009, we in the USA will be installing our 44th president. In light of that event, I am pleased to present to you a humanist version of the Presidential Inauguration program.
Tuesday’s program will open with musical selections from The President’s Own Marine Corps Band. Today’s program opens with vjack’s post, When You Are a Victim of Discrimination, which can be found at Atheist Revolution.
On Tuesday, the Marine Band’s musical offerings will be followed by musical selections from the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Our program presents, in this slot, Spirituality is Just a Word, posted by Andrew Bernardin at the
After the crowd enjoys the varied musical program presented thus far, Senator Dianne Feinstein will call the proceeding to order and issue welcoming remarks. Our ceremony offers, instead, Are You Really an Atheist? by John Remy at Mind on Fire.
The next item on Tuesday’s program will be what has been, to date, the most controversial event of the day, the prayer of invocation, which will be offered by Pastor Rick Warren. What I offer, in lieu of a prayer of any kind, is my commentary on the matter, presented as a response to an article by Tim Shriver.
Tuesday’s invocation will be followed by a musical selection presented by Aretha Franklin. Today’s program features Burak Bilgin’s post, Two Scenarios that Define our Lives, which is available at Burak’s blog, Distiller’s Corner.
Ms. Franklin’s music will be followed by the installation of Joe Biden to the office of Vice-President of the United States of America. Justice John Paul Stephens will administer the oath of office. Here, the program features 101 Interesting Things, Part I, by She Who Chatters. This post is available at at a blog named , eponymously, She Who Chatters.
The administration of the Vice-Presidential oath of office will be followed by a musical selection presented by a quartet consisting of Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill. They will play an item composed by John Williams (the composer of Star Wars, Superman and Harry Potter soundtracks, to cite just a few of his many musical projects). Our program features, Is naturalist spirituality an oxymoron? by Zach Alexander.
The next event on Tuesday’s program will be the highly anticipated installation of President-elect Barack Obama as the 44th president of the USA. Chief Justice John G. Roberts will administer the oath of office. Today, I am pleased to present A Golden Age of Discovery, by Andrew Bernardin.
The presidential oath of office will be followed by the president’s inaugural address, delivered by President Barack Obama. Our program features The Story of Atheism, written by Ebon Muse and available at Daylight Atheism.
The penultimate item on Tuesday’s program will be the prayer of benediction, offered by the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. The penultimate item in today’s program is a piece entitled, Money can’t buy me love, by The Investor.
Tuesday’s program will conclude with the American National Anthem, sung by the United States Navy Sea Chanters. This Presidential Inauguration edition of the Humanist Symposium, #31, concludes with the god of small miracles, offered by your host.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Humanist Symposium. Mike will host the next edition on February 8, 2009 at his blog. I’ll meet you there in three weeks.
Correction: Are You Really an Atheist? was written by John Remy’s blogging partner, xJane. Thanks for pointing out my error, John. I want to give credit where it is due.
— the chaplain