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Sunday, January 11, 2009

 

changing of the guard

Remember that Obama mentioned gays in his acceptance speech.
That has never been done before.

“It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, GAY, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/05/AR2008110500013_pf.html

Also for the first time an openly gay marching band will be in the inauguration parade.
“This is the first time that an LGBT group will be represented in a Presidential Inaugural Parade, truly our chance to make history.”
http://www.365gay.com/news/obama-inauguration-parade-to-feature-gay-marching-band/

Its something. It’s a step forward. Except no one is noticing it. Everyone is focused on Rick Warren. The choice of Rick Warren is troubling. It’s a step backward. The LGBT community has every right to offended.

“But the person who leads the nation in prayer on January 20th should be someone asking God to forgive us our sins, not someone who dresses up one of our baser national instincts in pseudo-religious packaging.”
http://www.mwblog.com/journal/archives/2008/12/some_advocacy.php#more

[tolerance n. The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.]

I also dislike the rightwing owned media portraying us as “intolerant” towards Rick Warren; and yet there is no criticism to his intolerance. WHO TOOK WHOSE RIGHTS AWAY?
Maybe we are giving him a power boost with all this attention. It is not enough to just fight, but to fight smart. If all your doing is bitching or moaning or “i-told-you-so”, then really, you aren’t helping. There needs to be something more effective.

Any Ideas?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/18/obamas-talking-points-on_n_152056.html

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