s skippy the bush kangaroo: Rev. Lowery on aWol and black funerals

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Rev. Lowery on aWol and black funerals

Rev. Joseph E. Lowery electrified supporters of Coretta Scott King with his eulogy for her. His eulogy also offended the followers of aWol, who squirmed in his seat like a petulant child behind Lowery.

aWol's followers criticized Lowery.

Yesterday, Lowery spoke out.

From The Washington Post:

Responding to charges that he used Coretta Scott King's funeral to mount a partisan attack on President Bush, the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery said yesterday that his conservative critics do not understand black funerals and are seeking to insulate the president from independent views.

"The Republicans who are criticizing me don't understand the [tradition] of a black funeral," Lowery said in an interview. "At a black funeral we always celebrate the life of the deceased and take up the causes that the decedent championed. Mrs. King's cause was peace and racial justice, and I challenged the living to do likewise."


But, Lowery said the criticism reflects a feeling among Bush's advisers and defenders that the president should not be confronted in public by people who hold opposing views -- a sentiment, he said, that explains why the audience at so many of Bush's events is so carefully screened.

"The problem is the Republicans always want to protect Bush," Lowery said. "They don't want to expose him to independent-thinking audiences. They want to shelter him from the truth."

He added: "The Republicans played politics during Reagan's funeral. Look how political it was. They are just trying to shelter Bush from reality."

There is a lot of sad truth behind that.

God bless Rev. Lowery for his work and his courage in speaking truth to power.

When the old lion roared, the weak trembled and the faithful cheered.

SisTwo had a beautiful post recently on Coretta Scott King's funeral. She included a link to a well-written column by conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, whose assessment differed from that of the other aWol follower's:

It was gracious, full of applause and cheers and amens. It was loving even when it was political. It had spirit, not rage. That's part of why it was beautiful.

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