Rick-A-Thon: Let Rick Warren Raise Money for LGBT Equality

With all the controversy over Rick Warren delivering the invocation prayer at Barack Obama‘s inauguration, one group of people wants to use the occasion to raise money for LGBT civil rights.

Driving Equality is hosting a Rick-A-Thon to turn Rick Warren’s anti-equality stance into positive change for LGBT people. Every second that Warren stands at the podium, he will be raising money to advance LGBT civil rights.

Rick Warren’s invocation will not last longer than a couple minutes. You can pledge any amount you chose, whether it be $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, or even $1 for every second he speaks. You can even pledge a flat rate for the entire time he is at the podium. We will be displaying signs around Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day, tallying how much money Warren has raised for LGBT equality. We will make sure that everyone knows exactly how much money Rick Warren is raising for LGBT civil rights.

You can make your pledge here.

I think the Secular Coalition for America should do something similar.

Same rules.

But this time, the pledges are made for every second Warren or Rev. Joseph Lowery deliver public prayers.

The money goes to the SCA to prevent further entanglement of church and state.

I think that has more of a chance for success than the lawsuit against the inauguration folk.

(Thanks to Maria for the link!)

  • SarahH

    I really, really like this.

    It actually reminds me of a game I used to play when I was a kid – when my mom would lecture me about cleaning my room or doing my homework or whatever, and I’d heard the same lecture a billion times (you guys know your moms did the same thing!), I’d pretend that for every word she said, I was getting a dollar. I’d count the dollars and smile and nod, thinking about my imaginary riches :-P

    Anyway, I think I’ll pledge something. It’d be a great use for some of my Christmas money.

  • TK

    I hope Warren sees this and refuses to speak. While it is a brilliant idea to use the bigot to raise money against his own cause, I’d love for Obama to see the error in choosing Warren for the invocation. Then, we bring in the Hindu priest who got heckled in the Senate and have him give the all-inclusive invocation that he tried to give before.

  • Erp

    Be aware that in 1961 one priest spoke for 12 minutes and the total amount of prayer was apparently 28 minutes (there were three ministers and a rabbi for Kennedy’s ceremony).

  • J. J. Ramsey

    Interesting, Erp. Makes me glad that I pledged at a flat rate instead of per second.

  • Becky

    Bravo! What a wonderful idea.

  • http://www.tuibguy.com MIke Haubrich, FCD

    I like the idea but people are forgetting that Lowery is also opposed to Gay Marriage, and wants to keep them at the “Separate but equal” Civil Union status.

  • http://www.thechristianmanifesto.com C.E. Moore

    Why exactly in Rick Warren considered a bigot? Is it because he is a Christian pastor who believes what the Bible has to say about homosexuality? If that is the case, then Jesus and Paul were both bigots and homophobes. I mean, if he were saying, “Gays aren’t people and we ought to pull out the hoses and sic the dogs on them…” well, that’d be pretty bigoted. But, he’s not. He voted against the legalization of homosexual marriage in California. Actually, this was the 2nd time he had to do, and this time make it constitutional, because 4 liberal judges believed that millions of Californians who voted on it the first time couldn’t possibly have understood what they were voting on. Apparently, those judges were wrong and now its constitutional. Obviously, freedom of speech goes both ways. How can you ever expect someone to tolerate you if you will not tolerate them? All I have heard is how horrible of a person Rick Warren is and how he ought not be the person who is speaking at Barack Obama’s inauguration. But, if this were Billy Graham, most people here would be silent, even though his views are exactly the same on the matter. The fact is, Warren doesn’t represent the homosexual outlook or agenda. But, apparently, neither do most people in California…or the nation.

    My point is this (and feel free to go to town). Warren is a Christian minister. He believes the Bible. The Bible calls homosexuality a sin. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t be having this problem. So, the issue is not with Warren. But, Scripture. By having Warren invoke the prayer, Obama will alienate not only homosexuals, but Muslims, Hindus, Bahai, and so on and so forth. No matter WHO is placed there, someone will alienate someone. Remove the prayer, you alienate people of faith. That is the wonder of this nation. There are tons of different people with different values and different beliefs. Not everyone is going to be happy. Obama is EVERYONE’S president, not just gays and atheists.

    By the way, I have no idea why my avatar is the picture of a girl…oh well.

    Just my .02.

  • http://www.tuibguy.com MIke Haubrich, FCD

    Actually, if you remove the prayer you turn it into a secular ceremony, independent of religion.

  • http://hoilund.org/ Mikael Høilund

    Actually, if you remove the prayer you turn it into a secular ceremony, independent of religion, as the law says it should be.

    FTFY

  • http://atheists.meetup.com/531 benjdm

    Is it because he is a Christian pastor who believes what the Bible has to say about homosexuality? If that is the case, then Jesus and Paul were both bigots and homophobes.

    And advocates for slavery. And (at least Paul) very sexist. Etc.

  • JonasG

    C.E. Moore:

    Why exactly in Rick Warren considered a bigot? Is it because he is a Christian pastor who believes what the Bible has to say about homosexuality? If that is the case, then Jesus and Paul were both bigots and homophobes. I mean, if he were saying, “Gays aren’t people and we ought to pull out the hoses and sic the dogs on them…” well, that’d be pretty bigoted. But, he’s not.

    Let’s look at this bit by bit: Leviticus specifically calls male gay sex an abomination, and proscribes death. Trouble is it also says the same about shellfish, and certain foods to define kosher, vs. non-kosher food for Jews. Many Christians single out (pick and choose) Also kids talking back to parents and so on. Sure yes Warren likely gets his bigotry from his brand of Christianity.

    Now some Christians are more forgiving, UCC, UU, and others. Taken to the extreme, Jesus forgives everyone of everything except one. — (see the Blasphemy Challenge, made poopular w/ the release of ‘The God who wasn’t there’)

    I’m not certain if Jesus even mentioned homosexuality, Gay or Lesbian. As to the ‘definition of marriage’ it has clearly changed over the centuries, for example women are no longer property. If one were to list all the civil rights & responsibilities associated with legal marriage, what rights would Warren and Obama want to cross off in the case of Gay’s and Lesbians? I’m not clear what ‘Civil Unions’ means if not marriage. To me inventing the term invents a subclass of people.

    Since Marriage is often performed by theistic ministers, should we apply marriage only to theistic religious people, or give them a ‘civil’ marriage?

  • PL

    Oh I see , You all want rights only for want you want – Not for everyone- Like my right have a Christian pastor give a prayer for a person who I didn’t choose but he is still my President also. Ya know , if you had listened during the campaign, you would have know that Obama does not support gay marriage either.


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