Another Side

With all of this commentary happening about Rick Warren and Obama, I think it is interesting that there is little fuss about Obama’s choice to pray the benediction, Reverend Joseph Lowery. The Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University focuses mostly on issues of social justice and human rights defines itself as such:

The Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University provides a forum for dialogue and a laboratory for research and analysis of issues related to human rights, workers’ rights, election reform, voting rights, anti-poverty measures, economic justice, racism, and sexism.

Rev. Lowery was challenged by many conservatives and republicans because of his critic of the Iraq War at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. I don’t know a great deal about Reverend Joseph Lowery’s, beliefs on gay-marriage and abortion – which are the issues surrounding the disapproval of Warren -, but I am willing to assume that they are more similar to Warren’s than Obama’s.

Why is there so little clamor over this choice? Is it because Lowery is less known – outside the Black community? Are his views actually more in line with Obamas? Is this partially a race issue? Is this because Lowery is already seen as liberal because of his views on social justice? Does a white Christians elicit a different response than a Black Christian? What is going on here?

  1. Inviting Rick Warren to speak at the Presidential inauguration is tantamount to inviting O.J. Simpson to speak at a women’s shelter.

    Evan Wolfson guesstimates we will have Federal Marriage Equality in about 30 years (which would almost certainly require equality in employment and the military also).

    So we need to either EMBRACE the fact that most of us over 40 will NOT see Full Federal Equality in our lifetime and remain “patient” as our civil rights crawl to the finish line…- OR – We could begin to TREAT the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT as it treats US.

    Two American Myths:

    * Equal Protection Under the Law (except for gays)
    * Separation of Church & State (except when the law applies to gays or a woman’s womb)

    When Obama invited this “christian” to his speak at his inauguration, he invited a man who believes the Q-community are INFERIOR; “less than”. Let’s quit sugar-coating these turds! Being asked to “respect other’s opinions” doesn’t fly when those “opinions” are harmful lies about an entire segment of the population. Those “opinions” are tantamount to the extremely offensive beliefs and ideas our country once had about “negros” and “wives”, words and ideas that would NEVER FLY TODAY at an inauguration. Words and ideas that would incite riots today.

  1. January 22nd, 2009

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