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thewebblog 01/20/09

A Unifying Prayer?

With all the controversy surrounding Rick Warren giving the opening prayer at President Barack Obama's inauguration, it was the benediction delivered by long-time civil rights leader, the Reverend Joseph Lowery, that ought to generate the most outrage. Here's how Lowery concluded his prayer:

'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 in back, when brown can stick around. when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen'.

Let me get this straight. We've been told that Obama's election finally signified a post-racial nation. Too bad that Reverend Lowery's prayer does not. Imagine if Rick Warren had concluded his prayer with words like, "Lord, we ask you to help us work for that day when adulterers will be faithful to their spouses and gays will be straight."