Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reverend Joseph Lowery

One of the guys the Obama team asked to pray today was the Reverend Joseph Lowery. His prayer:
"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right."
"When the yellow will be mellow...When white will embrace what is right"?! This is not exactly what we would expect from the new tolerant, non-racist Obama administration. Can you imagine the outcry if Rick Warren had prayed this prayer adding, "when those who are gay find the way." The Left would crucify him--maybe literally. (hat tip: Kevin)

7 comments:

Doug Groothuis said...

The O administration will be a festival of fools and dolts pretending to be "historic" and revolutionary.

It will be a revolution, though, into the Abyss.

professor ed said...

This mild form of "rap" was met to appeal to a certain portion of those in attendance. But given the international viewing audience, I concur it was inappropriate, at best. I do not envy our new president. He has arrived in the oval office with what a late english author called "great expectations". How long will the "honeymoon" last? As long as the deeply in love, head over heals, mainstream media can make it last. But at some point he will begin to disappoint factions that voted for him. Promised programs may have to be trimmed back, delayed, or totally deleted. What then? At some point, predictably, his approval will fall; as people realize he actually puts his pants on one leg at a time---like the rest of us!

Dennis said...

Doug, I'm honored that you happened upon my blog.

For anyone who does not know of Doug Groothuis, he is an excellent author and philosopher. He books are well worth reading.

Professor ed, I agree with you about the Obama honeymoon. In a way, I almost (I said almost) feel sorry for him. The Media have put him so high on the pedistal he has nowhere to go but down. But on the other hand, the fact that he promised everything to everyone keeps me from feeling too sorry for him :-)

St.Lee said...

Personally, I thought that "prayer" was a lot better than the "poetry" featured earlier in the ceremony. At least Rev. Lowery made some attempt at rhyme;) Maybe the poet and the reverend should have swapped assignments.

Kevin said...

I thought the prayer showed Lowery to be an out of touch dinosaur from an age gone by. I don't know much about the man, but his approach seemed absurd.

As for the poem... I heard excerpts and though they were absurd.

I read the poem and thought it was appropriate, full of a determined energy, and actually quite nice. I think the reading of the poem may have not been so good.

For the full text of the poem 'Praise Song for the Day'

Jason said...

Poems don't have to rhyme to be poems. I am not defending the poem, or her reading of it, but the misconception that a poem has to rhyme is kind of silly. There are plenty of poetic structures out there and some don't rhyme at all. The key point is when emotion, feeling, and expression are thrown into one beautiful piece of language that connects with a human audience. Obviously, this poem at the inauguration was pathetic.

Why is it the poet lauriette's are always terrible poets?

St.Lee said...

OK, I know I am just a poor uneducated hick, but it is my personal opinion that poetry without rhyme is pretty pathetic. It seems like just an excuse for the lazy or untalented to still be considered an "artist".

I followed the link and read the poem. I didn't find it any more edifying than hearing it. My uncultured eye could find no form.

The only poetry without rhyme that I enjoy is the Hebrew poetry found in the Bible, and that does have a definite form. (besides, the Lord had good reason to make it so; it translates perfectly into any language)

By the way, this comment of mine, in its entirety, is a free form poem. If you didn't see that right away, you must have read it wrong:)