**update, Jan. 20, 2009**
Rev. Warren's prayer was 489 words.
Now that I have ticked off my friends who think I am slacking on gay rights, I'll put my money where my mouth is. I challenge you to do the same. For every word in Warren's Inauguration prayer, I will give two bits to PFLAG Tri-Cities and another two bits to the Tennessee Equality Project.
In 2001, Franklin Graham gave the invocation for Bush. It was 435 words. Here it is. My hunch is these things are supposed to be 500 words or less.
When Fred Phelps comes to town, gay rights groups raise money.
Have fun with this. Make a pledge. If you don't want to give to a gay rights group, well, Warren is on the wrong side of most everything. Give to your local science museum, or to Planned Parenthood, or to some peacenik group.
This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and promote the cause for equality. Another good idea is to make a resolution to join one of these groups and get active. We could use your help.
So there we go. It isn't up to Obama. It is up to you. It is up to me. Be the change, beloveds.