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  •  No, it's really not. Some just think it is. (3+ / 0-)
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    He's giving the opening prayer at the inauguration.  That's pretty small beans in the larger picture.
    •  Without looking it up, (2+ / 0-)
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      name the last five people who gave the opening prayers at inaugurations.  Or anything any of them said in their prayers, for that matter.

      I'd be worried if this signaled an anti-gay agenda on the part of the administration,  but however annoying and hateful this guy may be, he's saying an opening prayer, and that's it.  Another preacher whose name I'll forget isn't going to keep me up at night, as long as the policy choices are still moving in the right direction.  

      My line in the sand is policy.  The rest, we can express our anger and disappointment, but yeah: it's small beans.  Perspective is a good thing to have, too.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:04:56 PM PST

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      •  But symbols matter at this kind of event. (1+ / 0-)
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        Or should we conclude that Medgar Evers' widow being there has no importance either? That's part of the problem: I think Myrlie Evers-Williams being there is a big deal. It sends a wonderful message. Giglio, on the other hand, by his very presence, by our saying his being there doesn't matter, also devalues Mrs. Evers-Williams, and others who do matter. And that is really a shame, because there is zero reason for Giglio's presence other than an attempt at pandering which will do absolutely nothing of any good.

        The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

        by flitedocnm on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:36:30 PM PST

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        •  I didn't say they don't matter, (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm saying that they don't matter enough for me to flip out about whether the administration "really" supports us or not.  Of course Giglio's an insult.  But as I said above: my line in the sand is policy, not symbolism.

          Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

          by pico on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:53:13 PM PST

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