Posted tagged ‘Inauguration’

Reverend Lowery’s Moving Benediction

January 21, 2009

Reverand Lowery’s Benediction (transcript, video) on the occasion of Barack Obama’s historic Inauguration lit a fire in my heart and my soul.

The man spoke from his guts. He used straightforward language, and he wasn’t afraid to say what was on his mind. Don’t call him a racist or a man who is stuck in the past; he is a national hero.

A lot of people want to sit on their laurels and celebrate the election of a black man to the highest office in this country. It is a noble accomplishment, and it is something which I hope will be remembered for a very long time. It is something I will tell my children about with pride, and that I will always look towards as a sign of hope and possibility.

But there is still a lot of suffering and discrimination in this world, and in this country. People are put down and kept down for reasons of race, religion, gender, sexuality and creed. Bigotry and hatred persist in this country despite the hard work of men like Reverend Lowery.

There are over 1,000 laws in this country that apply to heterosexual married couples, but do not apply to same-gender couples who are denied the right to marry. Muslim men and women are discriminated, stereotyped and racially profiled everywhere they go. People are judged by the color of their skin, their dress, and their speech. People are not judged by the content of their character.

Rev. Lowery’s words were stirring. He used terms and expressions I would not feel comfortable using, but which he was able to deftly disarm. He was charming, witty, and inspiring. I was lifted by his words like no one elses since Dr. King.

Take a Break from Israel

January 15, 2009

I have been writing a lot about Israel, and I think I need to take a break for my sake, and for yours. The last thing I’m going to mention about Israel for now is a link to the IDF YouTube Channel which has some very interesting videos about what is going on right now in Gaza.

But it’s time to write about something else already!

This Monday marks the Obama Inauguration. Many of us have worked very hard over the last year to make this a possibility, and it is finally happening!

Barack Obama has a lot of work ahead of him. I have supported him for a long time, but that does not mean I will give him a free ride. I have a high expectations for the man, and he’s going to have to put in a lot of hours and make some tough decisions if he wants to keep my respect.

I can’t imagine a scenario where I would regret voting for Barack Obama (see Sarah Palin), but I want to continue to be proud of my choice. I want to keep my Obama pin on my bag, and my calendar on the wall. (for the record, the calendar was a gift – and sorry, there are no swimsuit shots!)

So that’s what I have to look forward to: Goodbye George Bush, stay away Sarah Palin, and a new amazing President.