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Inauguration Tweet by Driscoll Launches Controversy

Today, during the inauguaration for President Obama’s second and final term, Pastor Mark Driscoll tweeted a controversial statement that launched a very heated @reply and retweet conversation.

In the hot-button tweet, Driscoll says, “Praying for our President, who today will be placing his hand on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.”

In response, church leaders like Scott Hodge, Eugene Cho, Jason Boyett and Carlos Whittaker shared their strong disdain for Driscoll’s tweet and perceived it as judgmental, ultra-critical and unhelpful. Actress Alyssa Milano also responded to Driscoll’s tweet saying, “Your last tweet is not very Christian of you. Shouldn’t you be inspiring people to love and have compassion and respect?”

However, in the midst of the heated discussion surrounding the inauguration tweet, it has recieved more than 2,100 retweets from like-minded leaders. So, we’d like to pose the question to you. Do you think Driscoll’s tweet is way off-base, right on or somewhere in between?


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