- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2015

While performing the eulogy for gospel music legend Andraé Crouch, Stevie Wonder decried what he believes is racism against President Obama, arguing that despite the president’s best efforts, too many Americans dislike him simply because he’s black.

“For me, seeing the world and visualizing in my mind what is going on, some of it is such a heartbreak,” Mr. Wonder said while softly playing the piano at the Jan. 21 funeral for Crouch in Los Angeles.

“We live in a time where I believe we have a president that truly wanted to see the world come together, to see this nation come together, but yet too much, too many people are judging their dislike of him based on the color of his skin,” he said, receiving applause.

“And I know there are some who say ‘no, that’s not true,’ but I’m telling you what I see,” Mr. Wonder added.

The 25-time Grammy Award winner then appeared to suggest that free speech in America should be limited in terms of religion.

“Yes, I truly believe in the freedom of speech, I really really do believe in that,” Mr. Wonder said. “But I think if we don’t put some limits to us being able to give praise to that one that we hold sacred, we got a problem. I also believe that we can’t go around feeling just because we don’t agree with someone that we’ve got to kill them.

“I pray for our world. I pray for all of us, because I do know that love is in need of love today,” he concluded before breaking into song.

An attendee at the funeral who was apparently upset by Mr. Wonder’s comments told Fox News that Crouch “was not about color or politics.”

“He was about his faith and reached out to everyone. In a time where racial tension has escalated, the inclusive spirit and heart of Andraé was a healing balm,” the source said.

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