On February 7, 2006 Correta Scott King, wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was memorialized at a church service that lasted six hours! A fitting service might include family, a close circle of friends, and multi-faithed clergy that had worked over the years with Mrs. King. But Nooo! Make room for the politicians too. The funeral brought out the president and three of his predecessors as well.
President Bush's remarks found the right tone as did his father's remarks (or so I thought). But you knew there was trouble when Bill Clinton brought his wife to the pulpit. Why would a senator from New York be included in the program which was meant for presidential speeches? Bill made reference to the past democratic presidents that were present and hinted about Hilary's prospective presidential run. The congregation obliged by cheering! At a funeral!
Jimmy Carter (who likes to bash his Republican successors) made a cheap comment about how the FBI wiretapped and monitered Martin Luther King's activities. His comments about "surveillance" were meant to embarrass President Bush. At a funeral!
Rev. Joseph Lowery, a long-ago associate of Martin Luther King Jr., also used this nationally televised forum to stir up the political pot by chewing out the present administration's attitude toward the poor people of America and by slamming the whole idea of the war in Iraq! At a funeral!
It sounds like I'm leaning on the Democrats. Maybe I am. But is nothing sacred anymore? A funeral is not the appropriate setting to bash anyone (Republican or Democrat.) A memorial service need not be politicized! Mrs. King deserves better.