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Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008, 12:52 pm

Inaugural Dissonance

By Jarrett Dapier

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So, let me get this straight: Obama has chosen individuals who were instrumental in the achievements of the civil rights movement to participate in his Inaugural ceremony as well as the virulently anti-gay minister Rick Warren - a man who mobilized his flock to vote 'yes' on Prop 8 and deny equal rights for LGBT. What am I missing here?

Aretha Franklin and Dr. Rick Warren, an evangelical minister of the Saddleback Church, are among the select group of people who will participate in Barack Obama’s inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20...

In honoring the civil rights movement, Mr. Obama has asked the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, dean of the civil rights movement and co-founder with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to deliver the benediction.

Jarrett Dapier is a former assistant publisher at In These Times. Previous work for ITT includes interviews with playwright Christopher Shinn and Fugazi guitarist, Ian Mackaye. He currently works with teens at the Evanston Public Library where he runs a recycled drumming program and directs stage adaptations of young adult literature. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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