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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dr. Lowery, Who Delivered Obama's 2009 Benediction, Declares All White People are Going to Hell




But this langauage isn't hatred, nor prejudice, nor bigotry, nor racism. It's... well, I don't know what exactly. Payback? Righteousness, maybe?

From the Monroe County Reporter (h/t Tom Blumer @ BizzyBlog):

"Lowery gave the benediction at Obama's inauguration as 44th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2009. Speaking to the group at St. James Baptist, Lowery said he liked giving the benediction because it gave him the last word. The only thing that followed him on the program was the 'Star Spangled Banner.' He said it was the first time in his life he enjoyed the national anthem; he said the anthem is too militaristic. He said he would like to see the national anthem changed to 'Lift Every Voice,' which is known as the 'Negro National Anthem,' or to 'America the Beautiful.'

"Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, on Lowery on July 30, 2009.

[...]

"Lowery said Obama lost Georgia by 200,000 votes in 2008 while 390,000 black folks in Georgia did not vote.

"'I don't know what kind of a n----- wouldn't vote with a black man running,' said Lowery. 'All that he did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney.'

[...]

"Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.

"'I'm frightened by the level of hatred and bitterness coming out in this election,' said Lowery.

"Forsyth Mayor John Howard, a member of St. James who opened Saturday's program, said he was 'pretty shocked' by Lowery's comments. He said if a speaker had made the same comments about black people, he would have gotten up and left [But when the bigot is a black man, the mayor apparently keeps his seat].

"He said the Bible gives set instructions on how to go to heaven and it doesn't say anything about skin color. Hearing the comments he said he looked at the face of his pastor, the Rev. Antonio Proctor, and could tell he was real shocked too. Howard said he and Proctor talked about putting a video of the event on Forsyth Cable TV but decided after his comments that it wasn't a good idea. [emphasis mine]"

Nice to see the sort of stuff that earned Lowery his Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Kinda funny how a man declaring that, essentially, only n*****s wouldn't vote for a black man, and that all white people are going to hell, can then turn around and declare that he's "frightened by the level of hatred and bitterness coming out of this election." I guess Lowery believes that his own hatred and bitterness just happens to coincide with the election, and thus really isn't a part of it.

I think it's odd that so many of Obama's spiritual advisers tend to spew hatred and bigotry to black audiences. It's just such an uncanny coincidence, I suppose. Weird.

UPDATE: Lowery is now saying that the white people going to hell thing was all a joke, and that he never even said/doesn't remember the stuff about "what kind of a n----- wouldn't vote with a black man running."

From The Daily Caller:

"'He was saying [that] based on all of the hatred that’s going on' towards President Barack Obama, Helen Butler, the executive director of Lowery’s Georgia-based Coalition for the People’s Agenda, told The Daily Caller.

"'He just fell that he should feel the way he used to feel,' Butler, who attended the rally, explained.

"'Of course he doesn’t believe that all whites should go to hell,' she added.

"'That’s not him — he’s a very caring person.'

"'He was trying to get people motivated to ensure they go and vote…. [and] he did make the point that there is a lot of hatred in this country,' she said.

[...]

"When asked by TheDC about the other notable comment — 'what kind of a n—- wouldn’t vote with a black man running' — Lowery said he did not remember making that statement.

"'I never said that, I don’t remember saying that,' he told TheDC."

Hmm.

Apparently the "joke" was so subtle that it went over both Mayor Howard's and Pastor Proctor's heads. And then the mayor and Pastor Proctor decided not to post the video on local TV because of Lowery's comments. I guess the two just have really lousy senses of humor.

Yeah. It was a joke. Lowery was kidding. He's a very caring person. He never ever remembered saying nor said "what kind of a n----- wouldn't vote with a black man running."

So let's see the video. Until then, color me unconvinced.

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