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Like most progressives, I was very disappointed by our president-elect's decision to have homophobe Rick Warren give the invocation at his inauguration. I am not going to be at the inauguration, but if I was able to do so I would want to somehow protest this decision. There are probably a great number of people on this site who are planning on attending and would like to protest Warren.

If you are one of those people, then this diary is for you. I heard about this on Air America's "Politically Direct" show hosted by David Bender.  

One of David's guests suggested that it would be great if the cameras panning the audience saw everybody wearing a white ribbon tied into a knot. This is a symbol of the White Knot Campaign, a movement committed to marriage equality.

If you go to the link above you can get instructions on how to make the ribbons and suggestions on how to hold a ribbon-making party. The latter could be especially useful for those going to the inauguration with a group.

I think this is a great way to protest the terrible choice Obama made in giving Warren this sort of platform in a way that is not disrespectful to the great accomplishment of Barack Obama and his movement. What do you think?

Originally posted to MikePhoenix on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 04:08 PM PST.


Is the wearing of White Ribbons a good way to protest Rick Warren giving the invocation at Obama's inauguration?

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  •  Tips for letting Barack know he's wrong. eom (9+ / 0-)

    All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. - Edmund Burke

    by MikePhoenix on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 04:09:55 PM PST

  •  throw white rice (5+ / 0-)

    and throw it hard

    Overheard on the bus: I just got out of prison, everything's coming at me too fast.

    by bob zimway on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 04:13:20 PM PST

  •  I am not going to the inaugeration, (1+ / 0-)
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    so I cant wear a white knot. But I am not going to watch it on t.v. that is about all I can do.

    "Jesus Christ was black, ronald reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11." Huey Freeman

    by cee4 on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 04:31:50 PM PST

    •  Let's all wear white knots to work that day!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      ganymeade, cee4

      I'm going to wear one while I don't watch the inauguration.  I am so sick of stuff like this I can hardly bear it. This isn't the first time I have realized Obama (who is truly my hope and basically has my support in all ways but this) is not necessarily as committed to equality as one might have surmised.  Did you hear his comments in his fireside chat a few weeks ago when he referred to women and their "husbands" .... He was supposedly addressing all women in marriages and committed relationships. I'd like to think it was a simple "mistake," but with allthe speechwriters and editors he has I know it was a well-planted appeal to a certain audience that I am just plain sick of. They had their time. Time for true equality. Time is NOW.

      by Peacerunner on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 05:14:58 PM PST

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  •  I also like the idea of a moment of silence for (2+ / 0-)
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    eamonsean, Peacerunner

    all of those like Rev, King, and those now in the GLBT communities who died, or will die before achieving full equal rights in America.

    We need full equality for all in the US.  It's extra poignant that Obama will be taking an oath to uphold and defend the constitution, when he has not explained his own rationalization for denying all Americans equal rigths.  And supporting "civil unions only" which as a constitutional scholar he must know, strikes many as a bogus separate but equal non-solution.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 04:32:15 PM PST

    •  moment of silence is a great idea!! (0+ / 0-)

      When will it be? I will join.  I am also going to tell the person I know attending the inauguration to wear the white knot.

      Things aren't so perfect here in Massachusetts, but at least marriage is the equal right it should be. In many cases, GLBT couples can live in relative peace. It's about time!

      I have never remotely understood the need that others have to deny simple basic rights to their fellow human beings. Never.

      I will never give up the fight. I think we all have to do something, not just the folks at the inauguration.

      by Peacerunner on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 05:20:18 PM PST

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  •  You have to ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... make clear to everybody that only one issue counts.

    Too many ignorant people still think that Iraq would matter, or our standing in the world or the fact and ways of international cooperation. There are people, have to call them retarded, who actually think that health care for people would be important, or who really believe that an economy in a historic depression should get our attention. Recently I even met a guy who thought we should give some consideration to energy alternatives or, you won't believe it, something as dumb as the future of our planet. Ending torture, creating jobs, healing the nation, advancing science, rebuilding America's public infrastructure, taking care of our national debt, reestablishing privacy rights, fighting corruption and nepotism, and so much more: Issues for morons who just don't get it.

    But we know the one and only issue that counts: Same-sex marriage for everybody and now. Let's fight till the last drop of blood to make sure that no other issue shall distract our nation's attention from the one and only issue that counts.

    Enlightenment and Responsibility

    by anaxiamander on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 04:43:55 PM PST

  •  I love this idea...white knots to DC on 1/20! (1+ / 0-)
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    keep them hid until you get in the gates, though!

  •  online petition (0+ / 0-)

    Go there to sign an online petition. The reasons for the petition are as follows:

    Tell President-Elect Obama:
    Choosing Rev. Rick Warren sends the wrong message  

    Anti-gay clergy person Rev. Rick Warren has been selected to have the privilege of giving the invocation at the inauguration. Members of the LGBT and allied community must convey to the President-elect, and Congress, that giving persons who oppose basic civil rights for LGBT Americans positions of honor undermine the values we seek to foster as a nation.

    The selection of Rev. Rick Warren casts serious doubt as to whether President-elect Barack Obama fully understands the needs of the LGBT community. The President-elect's justifications for the selection have been both disrespectful and contrary to the values that he campaigned on. As we continue to look to the President-elect with great hope, we must make him understand our disappointment with his actions so that we can move forward and work together to advance the cause of civil rights in America.    

    Representative Barney Frank Sums up the situation well:

          "I am very disappointed by President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to honor Reverend Rick Warren with a prominent role in his inauguration.  Religious leaders obviously have every right to speak out in opposition to anti-discrimination measures, even in the degrading terms that Rev. Warren has used with regard to same-sex marriage.  But that does not confer upon them the right to a place of honor in the inauguration ceremony of a president whose stated commitment to LGBT rights won him the strong support of the great majority of those who support that cause.

          ". . . .  The selection of a member of the clergy to occupy this uniquely elevated position has always been considered a mark of respect and approval by those who are being inaugurated."

  •  Donut Protest! WOW (0+ / 0-)

    Wait till you hear this one...send donuts to protest Warren.

    President-elect Obama's choice of Rick Warren to convene the swearing in of the 44th President of the United States of America was a horrible mistake that can be fixed. There are plenty of qualified spiritual leaders who could lead this important piece of history who do not have a record of bigotry and homophobia.
    Pastor Warren defended his blatant bias against GLBT Americans and his support for proposition 8 by saying he gave anti-prop 8 activists donuts. Let's protest this by sending donuts to the officials on the inaugural committee as our way of showing our displeasure. We will also be feeding the poor staffers who are hard at work changing America. Let's remind them who helped put them there.

    There are not a lot of donut shops that ship fedex, but I did find one.

    Their website is;

    Or support your local economy by buying them at your local store and ship them to the officials on the inaugural committee as the Chicago offices do not accept packages.

    The officials address are as follows;

    Senator Dianne Feinstein
    United States Senate
    331 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510

    Senator Harry Reid
    United States Senate
    528 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510

    Senator Bob Bennett
    United States Senate
    431 Dirksen Building
    Washington, DC 20510-4403

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi
    Office of the Speaker
    H-232, US Capitol
    Washington, DC 20515

    Representative Steny Hoyer
    1705 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    Representative John Boehner
    1011 Longworth H.O.B.
    Washington, DC 20515

  •  Darwin Fish for everyone! (0+ / 0-)

    Protest the whole ridiculous lot of them.

    -5.38/-3.74 I've suffered for my country. Now it's your turn! --John McCain with apologies to Monty Python's "Protest Song"

    by Rich in PA on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 06:16:34 PM PST

  •  I Prefer A "What Not". It Is More Inclusive. (0+ / 0-)

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