After the recent U.S. election, our church supported the Safety Pin movement. We handed out Safety Pins and encouraged people to wear them as a symbol of solidarity. The pin says, “I will be a safe place for others. Whatever your religion, race, immigration status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or other, you are safe with me.”
One congregant asked, “Is it okay to stick mean people with the pins?”
I laughed and said, “What do you think?”
Many others embraced the pin – we circulated over 800 of them.
But some opposed the pin. Not so much in our church, but on social media. One article, called “Dear White People,” said it was wrong to wear the pin. It described the practice as a passive gesture to help us feel good about ourselves without really accomplishing anything of value.