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"But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds." - Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery

The good President of the United States of America got a tongue lashing at Corretta Scott King's funeral. You know you would think that verbal abuse would be off limits at a funeral. Well, if you're one of the biggest jerks around I guess its not. In front of10,000 mourners at yesterday's funeral the Reverend Joseph Lowery ripped the Bush administration's economic priorities. "For war billions more," he said, "but no more for the poor" (he received a standing ovation from the crowd).

I cannot believe the hypocrisy. Bush has systematically cut taxes for the rich and done nothing for the poor since his arrival in office. He left the poor and the desperate to die in New Orleans and he has nominated a Judge who actively tried to keep women and minorities from enrolling at Princeton. Thats not justice. Thats not what the Kings believed in.

Video: Reverend Lowery lets Bush have it (quicktime)

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nico said... @ 2/08/2006 05:12:00 PM

I didn't vote for Bush.

I don't like Bush.

I'm appalled at almost all of his policies.

However, a funeral is neither the time nor the place for that type of thing.

I'm sure many disagree with me, but there are just some things that cross the line with me and fingerpointing at a funeral is one of them in my book.

Anonymous said... @ 2/08/2006 06:15:00 PM

initially i had the same reaction. however i feel like her life was dedicated to questioning things in society that are not right. these comments are in that spirit, so it seems like a way to honor her legacy. it also would not supprise me if it were her wishes for a political issues to be raised during her funeral. this reveran was close to her, and i can imagine would want to carryout the service to honor her.
k, great post because she is such an important figure in american history and this event is worthy of debate.

nico said... @ 2/09/2006 12:30:00 AM


That's typically the argument I've heard, and I believe it to a degree, but I think it's just my upbringing and the behavior at funerals that is present in the rural south.

Eventhough I grew up in the city, I'm a first generation city dweller. So, when I go to funerals for family members, it's usually out in the country.

People pull over on the opposite side of the road and get out of their cars if a funeral procession passes by. I've been in funeral processions and seen people on their front porches stand up and remove their hats, etc.

Like I said, where I grew up, funerals are very solemn and the deceased is honored even by those that don't them and just happen upon them. Doing anything to call attention to yourself or making a scene is a huge taboo. Like I said, it's probably just the way I grew up, but that's like an iron rule for me.

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