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“A champion for those who had none”

President Obama gives the eulogy at Ted Kennedy’s funeral


 

More than 1,400 people gathered at Boston’s Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Saturday to say goodbye to Senator Ted Kennedy. President Barack Obama gave the eulogy, describing Kennedy as “a champion for those who had none, the soul of the Democratic Party, and the lion of the United States Senate—a man whose name graces nearly 1,000 laws, and who penned more than 300 laws himself.”  George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as 58 senators, were in attendance. Kennedy will be buried on Saturday evening in Arlington National Cemetery.

New York Times


 
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“A champion for those who had none”

  1. May he rest in peace, but he was neither a great man nor a great senator.

    We must all pray for him. He needs help more than most.

  2. May he rest in peace, but he was neither a great man nor a great senator.

    We must all pray for him. Given the shameful things for which he bears responsibility, he needs help more than most.

    • Nice stone throwing. How much praying does a judgemental poster need who stings a departed man before he burried in the ground? The far right is a bitter, finger pointing group.

      • Which is worse: to be judgmental, or to be judgmental while condemning judgmentalism? You be the judge.

        • Typically flippant parody by a self-styled Christian of the Lord's own words. Your type seriously treats its own saviour as a football mascot.

        • You are right there, I realized how judgemental I was being as soon as I hit "submit comment", What I should have commented is that I was quite emotional during the funeral and burial coverage and I found that your post was particularly inappropriate for the moment. In my opinion, Ted Kennedy was a great man and a great senator. perhaps his personal failings were more public than most but so were his personal tragedies. We did not have to grow up in the Kennedy world so it is difficult to imagine what it must have been like. The events of the summer of '69 with Kennedy are tragic for sure and he most probably bears responsibility for what happened – true. He should be remembered for taking Christs words of ministering to the weak, hungry, poor, imprisioned, and to those without healthcare (okay – Jesus phrased that one a little differently) through his actions in the Senate for over 45 years. I am sorry for being judgemental but I was playing on your wording.

          • Bridget, I appreciate your sincerity and honesty.

            I was actually not referring primarily to Chappaquiddick. Wrong though that was, it was only the beginning of the harm done by Kennedy in my opinion. What you view as a Senate career filled with caring for the weak, I view as a Senate career devoted to crushing the weak in favour of the strong. His record on abortion, for example, is abysmal. I find it shameful that the man is being lionized (literally) for such a shameful record. It is confusing millions and leading to further harm. That is why I made my comment, distasteful as it is to speak ill of the dead.

            I think our common ground is this: the man is dead and can do no one any more harm, and he is a human being and deserves our compassion and help. Therefore we should pray for him, because whether his record was good or bad he needs that much from us. And if his record was terrible, as I view it, then he needs prayer urgently. May Kennedy rest in peace, and may God have mercy on him.

      • Let us speak the truth above all things. And further, let us acknowledge that before one can help a man dire straits, one must recognize that the man is in dire straits.

      • Let us speak the truth above all things. And further, let us acknowledge that before one can help a man in dire straits, one must recognize that the man is in dire straits.

        Finally, let's not uphold corruption, royal privilege, and the pursuit of evil as though they are good things. This only increases the damage.

      • Let us speak the truth above all things. And further, let us acknowledge that before one can help a man in dire straits, one must recognize that the man is in dire straits.

        Finally, let's not uphold the corruption, royal privilege, and pursuit of evil causes that characterized Kennedy's life as though they are good things. This only increases the damage.

        • I keep forgetting that you mistake yourself for God. It makes it so much easier, eh? Where do I sign up?

    • Hell is a fantasy–a sick, twisted one at that.

      • That's precisely why heavy metal was invented.

  3. Perhaps some day "my type" will manage to be as non-judgmental as you. One can only strive for such lofty heights.

    • As it is your religious duty to do so, I hope you will manage it someday, ideally without irony.

      • LOL! "You judgmental imperfect Christian! Be more like me, Jack Mitchell, the archetype of non-judgmentalism!"

        Let's just pray for Kennedy and not confuse people by pretending he was some kind of hero. How's that.

      • LOL! "You judgmental imperfect Christian! Be more like me, Jack Mitchell, the archetype of non-judgmentalism!"

        Let's just pray for Kennedy and not confuse people by praising bad deeds to the skies. How's that.

        • I'm not non-judgmental. When did I say I was? It's you hypocrites who want to have your cake and eat it too.

  4. can not believe you people that besmirch a man that millions loved and admired! the guy died from a brain tumor and they just buried him….. what on earth have any of you done to make this crazy world a better place to live? raving ungrateful sperms!

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