With all of this commentary happening about Rick Warren and Obama, I think it is interesting that there is little fuss about Obama’s choice to pray the benediction, Reverend Joseph Lowery. The Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University focuses mostly on issues of social justice and human rights defines itself as such:
The Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University provides a forum for dialogue and a laboratory for research and analysis of issues related to human rights, workers’ rights, election reform, voting rights, anti-poverty measures, economic justice, racism, and sexism.
Rev. Lowery was challenged by many conservatives and republicans because of his critic of the Iraq War at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. I don’t know a great deal about Reverend Joseph Lowery’s, beliefs on gay-marriage and abortion – which are the issues surrounding the disapproval of Warren -, but I am willing to assume that they are more similar to Warren’s than Obama’s.
Why is there so little clamor over this choice? Is it because Lowery is less known – outside the Black community? Are his views actually more in line with Obamas? Is this partially a race issue? Is this because Lowery is already seen as liberal because of his views on social justice? Does a white Christians elicit a different response than a Black Christian? What is going on here?