Donald Trump is set to make history on January 20, when he is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. On Inauguration Day, it has now been revealed that Trump is doing something that has not been done in over 30 years, and it shows just how inclusive he really is.
Allen B. West reported that Trump will be including Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, in his inauguration. This is the first time that a rabbi has been invited to pray at a presidential election since Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, head of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, during Ronald Reagan’s 1985 ceremony.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Hier will offer readings, recite an original prayer and give Trump and incoming Vice President Mike Pence each a benediction during the inauguration ceremony.
“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,” Tom Barrack, the chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said in a statement in which he announced the six faith leaders who will participate in the inauguration. “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.”
When asked about participating in the inauguration, Hier said “it would be my honor to do so” and added that his prayer will have a “21st century ring to it.”
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