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The reverend who gave Obama’s inaugural benediction thinks all white people are going to Hell

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From the Monroe County Reporter in Forsyth, GA:

Two icons of the civil rights movement visited Forsyth on Saturday to campaign for the reelection of Barack Obama. Andrew Young and Rev. Dr. James Lowery spoke at St. James Baptist Church as part of a Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) tour across Georgia to encourage black voters to cast ballots for Obama…

Lowery gave the benediction at Obama’s inauguration as 44th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2009…

Lowery said Obama lost Georgia by 200,000 votes in 2008 while 390,000 black folks in Georgia did not vote.

“I don’t know what kind of a n—– wouldn’t vote with a black man running,” said Lowery. “All that he did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney…”

Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.

“I’m frightened by the level of hatred and bitterness coming out in this election,” said Lowery.

Yeah, me too.

Question: How do you lay a guilt trip on somebody who’s already damned? Hey, white folks, if you’re headed to Hell regardless, you may as well vote the way you want.

Hat tip to the Georgia Tipsheet, which notes that last week, Lowery said: “If Obama was white, there would be no question on who was going to win.”

Out: “America is too racist to elect a black man.”
In: “America is too racist to re-elect a black man!”

Here’s how Lowery closed out his benediction almost 4 years ago:

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 back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.

You failed the test, All White People in America. That’s what you get for judging Obama by the content of his character. Enjoy the lake of fire.