BARACK OBAMA MIXES RELIGION, POLITICS AT CLEMENTA PINCKNEY’S FUNERAL
|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. president Barack Obama delivered a issue-laden eulogy of slain South Carolina Senator Clementa Pinckney – one of nine victims of last week’s horrific, racially motivated shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C.
Pinckney – the church’s pastor – and eight others were killed by 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, who has confessed to carrying out the attack and told police his intention was to start a “race war.”
The killer thought he would “deepen divisions,” Obama said.
“Oh, but God works in mysterious ways,” he added.
In fact the unity of white and black South Carolinians demonstrated in the aftermath of this tragedy – and the forgiveness shown to Roof by the families of the Mother Emanuel victims – represents one of the greatest outpourings of true love America has ever seen.
To say nothing of a seismic rebuke of the bigotry which served as the pretext for this attack.
Speaking of, Obama correctly noted that “the (Confederate) flag did not cause these murders” – although he added, again correctly, that the flag is a “reminder of systematic oppression and racial subjugation.”
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He also launched into a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace” – a raw, emotional moment in his speech.
But the “Reverend President” – who along with 2016 presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton moved to politicize the tragedy before the blood in the church had even dried – couldn’t resist the opportunity to exploit the situation.
“For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” he said.
Really? What about the countless lives – including black lives – saved by the recent rise in gun ownership?
Obama also delved into racial issues, chiding not only “racial slurs” but also “the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview – but not Jamal.”
Wow. From grief … to gun control. And implied support for racial quotas.
How unfortunate …
We respect Obama’s right to weigh in on what he sees as the important issues in the aftermath of this tragedy. We’ve done so as well. Countless Americans have.
But in our humble opinion, this was neither the time nor the place to do so.
The “Holy City Massacre” failed to divide this state – or this country. It’s unfortunate Obama couldn’t have just kept that as his theme rather than embarking on a political discourse.