Our friends on the far right are up in arms over the benediction given by the Rev. Joseph Lowery during inauguration day for President Barack Obama.
Here is a transcript published by Crooks and Liars:
Help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid; when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
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 back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.
Just take a wild guess as to what part has those on the right wing, led by the obnoxious Glenn Beck who has moved over to Fox News from CNN, practically screaming bloody murder. Rev. Lowery was working hard (using a little bit of humor) to show that so many people – of all backgrounds – are coming together and have come together to make Barack Obama our 44th president of the United States of America. But, conservative like Beck are having a predictable fit feeling that Rev. Lowery was attempting to say whites are racist. Only someone reading for the most sinister possible motive could find something like that on a day like that. It’s another case of Beck and other extremist conservatives that are too paranoid to truly heal the racial divide.
Also, for Glenn Beck to use the funeral of Coretta Scott King to take a cheap shot at Democrats, liberals, Rev. Lowery and others is shameful.
Crooks and Liars: