Unclear If Warren Will Pray in Jesus' Name at Inauguration

When he delivers the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama

Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren delivers a speech during the 8th Annual Convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Long Beach, California on Saturday Dec. 20, 2008. Under fire for opposing gay marriage, influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Saturday that he loves Muslims, people of other religions, Republicans and Democrats, and he also loves "gays and straights." (AP Photo/Hector Mata)

NEW YORK (AP) - When he delivers the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, will the Rev. Rick Warren pray in Jesus' name?

Responding to that question, Warren told The Associated Press in a statement, "I'm a Christian pastor so I will pray the only kind of prayer I know how to pray."

Warren's statement adds, "Prayers are not to be sermons, speeches, position statements nor political posturing. They are humble, personal appeals to God."

At George W. Bush's 2001 swearing-in, the Revs. Franklin Graham and Kirbyjon Caldwell were criticized for invoking Jesus. The distinctly Christian reference at a national civic event even prompted a lawsuit.

In the Bible, Jesus instructs his followers to pray in his name.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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