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Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | March 1, 2006 | Joe Guillen

Posted on 03/01/2006 7:51:24 AM PST by bwteim

Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites

Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on Tuesday explained his absence from Coretta Scott King's funeral.

Belafonte told reporters before a speech at Case Western Reserve University that President Bush influenced the King family to disinvite him from the funeral in suburban Atlanta on Feb. 7.

Belafonte, known to be a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., said he was told about the decision the day before the funeral, at which he had been scheduled to speak.

The King children made the final decision, Belafonte said, but they were "fiercely intimidated by the president's representatives."

Belafonte has been a vocal critic of the Bush administration.

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(Excerpt) Read more at cleveland.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bananas; belafonte; democrats; dramaqueens; fruitcake; loonybin
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"rite" on, "brother"....
1 posted on 03/01/2006 7:51:25 AM PST by bwteim
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I hear violins playing in the background.


2 posted on 03/01/2006 7:52:56 AM PST by newconhere
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I don't believe this for one minute. There were plenty of Bush bashers there. Why would this nut have been excluded?


3 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:32 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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The man is a psychopath.


4 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:34 AM PST by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings............Modesty hides my thighs in her wings......)
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Yeah, can't have anybody there who would be critical of Bush. /sarc


6 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:48 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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Too bad Bush couldn't keep that sniveling Jimmy Carter away, to say nothing of Bubba and Her Heinous.


7 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:50 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: bwteim

Fact or fiction?


8 posted on 03/01/2006 7:54:30 AM PST by sarasota
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As if the banana man was any more an enemy of Bush than any others in attendance at the anti-Bush rally um, funeral.
9 posted on 03/01/2006 7:54:57 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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No kidding. IT would have been an added attraction to have Harry verbally assaulting the Pres from the podium. Sorry he was "disinvited".


10 posted on 03/01/2006 7:55:42 AM PST by babaloo
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To: Sunshine Sister

Perhaps he is in the early stages of senile dementia and the king family knows this.


11 posted on 03/01/2006 7:55:44 AM PST by Valpal1 (Crush jihadists, drive collaborators before you, hear the lamentations of their media. Allahu FUBAR!)
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To: bwteim

In other words, even the King family has no use for this anti-American troll.


12 posted on 03/01/2006 7:55:50 AM PST by TBP
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Full of ....


13 posted on 03/01/2006 7:56:22 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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My druthers would have been Belafonte over McGavin, Knotts, or Weaver.


14 posted on 03/01/2006 7:56:29 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
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Why do I doubt the truthfulness of his statement?.........No one, Except maybe Hillary, would do such a vile thing..........


15 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:04 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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I hope it is true. Belafonte has called Bush a terrorist multiple times, and he called Powell and Rice house slaves. I hope Bush's people did everything they could to keep him out.


16 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:07 AM PST by aynrandfreak (Terrorists love Democrats.)
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This Bush guy must be some all-powerful kind of deity. He's caused hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and now a washed up Calypso singer missed a funeral. Tsk, tsk!


17 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:07 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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This guy has a god complex. In the full article they mention that if Belafonte made his speech in Cleveland, his words would have fixed poverty in the city, what a guy!


18 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:13 AM PST by jeremiah (The biggest threat to Americas survival today, meth usage.)
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Look forward to Harry's funeral, a double with Carter would be nice.


19 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:25 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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It is going to become a he said she said contest according to another article:
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060216/COLUMNIST0107/602160390/1101/NEWS

"I called Belafonte to find out for myself if it was true, and he said it was,'' the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a veteran civil rights activist, told me Friday after calling to see if I could find out why Belafonte was not at the funeral. "I asked were you disinvited, and he [Belafonte] said, yes.

"The reason is that the president was not coming if Belafonte was going to be there. ...''

SAME ARTICLE:

That's just not true, according to a public relations spokesman who worked with the King family on services for Mrs. King."


20 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:54 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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