NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the invocations during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration Wednesday raised some eyebrows when the Sanitation Department’s chaplain compared New York City to a “plantation.”

Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. was one of four people to deliver an invocation during Wednesday’s ceremony.

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“Free us from the shackles of partisan politics, political correctness and personal egos and agendas,” he said. “Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill, a light shining in darkness.”

The comparison of New York City to a plantation unleashed a rush of tweets online, with many calling Lucas’ comments a disgrace.

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But others like Councilman Brad Lander applauded the speech, calling it a “powerful and fearless call for justice.”

Keith Urbahn, a one-time aide to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he was stunned that the Sanitation Department even has a chaplain.

In his inauguration speech Wednesday, de Blasio thanked Lucas and the others who delivered invocations for their words of prayer.

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