The Trump transition team just announced who will be praying at the upcoming inauguration, and it is a great list!
It’s also worth noting that only Jewish and Christian spiritual leaders will be in attendance. No Muslim imams this time around!
The main Scripture readings and prayers will be given by Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Protestant evangelist Franklin Graham.
That alone is significant because Dolan was highly critical of Trump during the presidential campaign.
But he appears to have come around. “I am honored to have been asked to offer a reading from Scripture at the upcoming presidential inauguration, and look forward to asking Almighty God to inspire and guide our new president and to continue to bless our great nation,” read a statement from the cardinal.
Also speaking will be Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Pastor Paula White, a spiritual adviser to Trump; Rabbi Marvin Heir, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; and Bishop Wayne Jackson, whose predominately black Detroit church was visited by Trump during the campaign.
“Since the first inaugural ceremony, our leaders have paid tribute to the blessings of liberty that have been bestowed upon our country and its people,” said Tom Barrack, head of the Inaugural Committee. “I am pleased to announce that a diverse set of faith leaders will offer readings and prayers at the swearing-in of President-elect Trump and honor the vital role religious faith plays in our multicultural, vibrant nation.”