This “promiscuous” invocation of religious freedom would deny equal rights to those with different religious convictions—or none.
A prominent black Brooklyn minister gave the invocation, and a Latino pastor closed the event with a prayer.
I was asked by then President-elect Obama to deliver the invocation at the opening inaugural event.
late 14c., "petition (to God or a god) for aid or comfort; invocation, prayer;" also "a summoning of evil spirits," from Old French invocacion (12c.), from Latin invocationem (nominative invocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of invocare "to call upon, invoke, appeal to" (see invoke).