Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Um . . . Rev. Lowery, it's 2009!

Civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery made an -- ahem -- interesting concluding request to God in his inaugural prayer today. I'll quote it here in case you didn't catch it . . . Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy, say Amen.

Isn't that something? It was a good comedy line, but rather than a prayer, it was probably more intended for the cameras. Either that, or the good reverend is stuck in time limbo -- somewhere between 1865 and 1964. He just insulted a good chunk of white America who helped Barack Obama get elected to the presidency.

Race baiting. That's what it is, pure and simple. And coming a day after the day when we remember Martin Luther King, who dreamed that skin color would no longer enter the picture but rather consideration of a person's character, it's very offensive.

I can't wait until Reverends Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright tune up. Should be quite a concert.


Jonny McCormick said...

This is ridiculous. If you seriously think America, or the world for that matter has moved on from racial prejudice you are deluded.

Solameanie said...

Excuse me, Jonny..I live here and have covered politics for 30 years. You should probably think and read a little more before you pop off.

I have never said that racism didn't exist in America and around the world. However, it has lessened dramatically (at least here in America) from what it was even in the 1960s. The evidence is right here before you in the fact that a black man has been elected president. That could never have happened here 30 years ago.

The fact is that people like Jesse Jackson etc. are race baiters who are scared to death of losing their power. If people actually do come in full to Martin Luther King's dream, they'll be out of a job and that's intolerable to them.

While I am at it, do you realize that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would never have passed without Republican support? Probably not. Southern Democrats at the time (including ex Ku-Klux-Klan member Robert Byrd) were vehemently opposed to it.

Justin said...

It was offensive since it suggests that whites haven't embraced what's right. We do it and continue to do it, and this prayer was a slap in the face to a majority of Americans.

Let's just say I didn't give the Rev. an amen. Oh, and he might want to remove his hat next time he prayers. Show a little respect.

Solameanie said...

You've got it, Justin.

While we're at it, I would also like to know the last time Rev. Jesse Jackson or Rev. Al Sharpton actually preached a Gospel sermon i.e. calling people to repent of their sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Honestly, I can't recall them doing anything of the kind in my lifetime. However, we hear plenty of left-wing racial politicking out of their mouths.