Though he was campaigning hundreds of miles away, the spectre of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was still part of the service Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church as the preacher switched his topic from religion to politics.
The reproach from the Rev. Raphael Warnock came a day after a meeting in South Carolina where African American worshipers asked difficult and pointed questions of Gingrich and challenged some of his comments that seemed directed at their race.
“We know what this is. It’s the same racist rhetoric,” Warnock said, calling the state’s former congressman our “Georgia home boy.”
The former U.S. House speaker has said his comments were misconstrued but on Saturday in South Carolina he said he stood by calling Obama a “food stamp president.”
South Carolina holds its Republican presidential primary on Saturday. Georgia’s is not until March 6 and the field of GOP candidates could be down to one man by then.
Warnock told congregants that this year’s presidential election is more important than the one in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected.
“This is not a time to be weary,” Warnock said. “This is not a time to stand alone.”
He said Republicans were making the “most vicious assault against the Voting Rights Act that we’ve seen in a century.
“By now, the suppression of voting rights should be beyond … politics,” Warnock said. “You cannot celebrate Dr. King on Monday and undermine people’s ability to vote on Super Tuesday [the Georgia primary].”
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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution