Don’t Try To Score Political Points At A Funeral

by John Hawkins | February 7, 2006 4:58 pm

“I went to the Coretta Scott King funeral and all I got was this lousy liberal political rally.” — Cold Fury[1]

“At a service Monday night, the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton galvanized the crowd with fiery speeches that blasted the government and public figures for trying to make the King legacy their own while doing nothing for world peace or poor black Americans.

Music and applause filled the Georgia church where mourners including four U.S. presidents paid tribute to Coretta Scott King at her funeral Tuesday.

…The day was not without politically charged references[2], most notably by former President Jimmy Carter — who has been a staunch critic of Bush administration policies.

Carter invoked the issue of the current wiretapping probe involving Bush by remembering that for the Kings: “It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps.” Later, he said that Hurricane Katrina showed that all are not yet equal in America and made a veiled reference to the war in Iraq and the existing government’s international strategies.

“We do not have a monopoly on the hunger for democracy and freedom,” Carter told the congregation. “[The Kings] overcame one of the greatest challenges of life, to wage a fierce struggle for freedom and justice and to do it peacefully.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery[3], who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr., spoke directly to the current administration’s foreign and domestic policies.

“Our marvelous presidents and governors come to mourn and praise … but in the morning will words become deeds that meet need?” Lowery asked.

“For war, billions more, but no more for the poor,” he said, in a take-off of a lyric from Stevie Wonder’s song “A Time to Love,” which drew a roaring standing ovation. The comments drew head shakes from Bush and his father as they sat behind the pulpit.”

Some of these Dems can’t even set aside their politics long enough to properly honor the dead. What a lack of class.

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  3. The Rev. Joseph Lowery:

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