North Carolina Preacher To Give Inaugural Benediction

The North Carolina preacher who will give the benediction at Barack Obama's inauguration is calling on the president-elect to change U.S. foreign policy and education.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery spoke to hundreds of people at Duke Chapel to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday. Lowery marched along side King during the civil rights movement, and he said Obama's election could not have come without King and his generation's work.

Lowery pushed listeners to fight for social justice. But the 87-year-old preacher also called on Obama to change what he said is a U.S. foreign policy too reliant on the use of force, the gap between rich and poor, and an education system that doesn't reach the poorest students.

Obama will be inaugurated Tuesday in Washington.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by RTHORNE Location: STURGIS on Aug 14, 2009 at 12:08 PM
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 20, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    More flowery blathering from the refluter. Your point about the so-called, conservative preacher is well taken. Anyone can call themselves anything they want, but it doesn't make the label accurate. The Chicago street hustler calls himself Christian although his actions are contrary to Christianity and you call yourself a refuter when you do not fit the definition either.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jan 19, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    Well, Jay, I don't put my trust in any human being. I know every person is capable, and at times may be willing, to do evil. The key to avoid getting upset by the actions of men is to realize the frailty of all mankind.
  • by Jay on Jan 19, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    Ya know, Blog Refuter, in God's eyes there's only one true preacher -- the one that preaches His words divinely given to us in the Bible. These liberal "preachers" who are clueless to the real God and His son Jesus are pathetic and have no business preaching, but I wouldn't expect Obama to understand any of this. They will face certain judgment themselves one day.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jan 19, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    Jay, there is also going to be a conservative preacher. I know, you're going to say he's not conservative if he chose to speak at this event, but at least that's what he refers to himself as. And he has every right to do so.
  • by Jay on Jan 19, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Tad, great points! Plus, this article is about another "preacher" who cares more about race issues and the redistibution of wealth than people's souls. No wonder Obama has him speaking!
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jan 19, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    Tad, they must have valid reasons. Hatred kills, Tad.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    Can we stop getting so many of these fluff pieces and start getting more hard news. How about a story on Timothy Giethner, the guy that the Chicago street hustler thinks is capable of running the IRS even though he can't fill out his tax return properly. It's not surprising though, the "one" thinks he can manage the country even though he is not qualified to manage a fast food restaurant. WITN, why are you guys completely ignoring this story?

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