Obama hears hint of politics during Easter sermon
April 1st, 2013
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Obama hears hint of politics during Easter sermon

(CNN) – The Easter sermon President Barack Obama and his family heard Sunday, delivered at a church near the White House, took to task the "religious right" for backward-looking policies.

The Rev. Luis Leon, speaking at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, based his sermon on the Gospel of John. He noted that Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to hold on to him, and linked the story to conservatives he said were looking to the past.

"It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back ... for blacks to be back in the back of the bus ... for women to be back in the kitchen ... for immigrants to be back on their side of the border," Leon said.

"The message of Easter is about the power of love over loveless power," he continued.

Instead of recalling how things were easier in the past, Leon urged listeners to focus instead on the present.

"God addresses us in the now," he said.

Obama tapped Leon to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration after controversy forced his first pick for that slot to step aside.

St. John's is known informally as "the church of the presidents" and has a pew dedicated for the president.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Let's see... a minister preaches on politics from the right and the left says "take away their tax-exempt status". A minister preaches on politics from the left, and I say "take away their tax-exempt status". Where's the false equivalence? Johnny will give you your lovely parting gifts now...
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    The difference comes when you get personal and start naming people by their names.

    April 1, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. sonnie3

    First Jeremiah Wright and Now Luis Leon??

    April 1, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Sounds like the new racists, to me. Those in the minority communities who now want to seize power, and turn racism on to the white community, and abuse the white community, now that whites are no longer the majority.

    April 1, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

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    Let's see... a minister preaches on politics from the right and the left says "take away their tax-exempt status". A minister preaches on politics from the left, and I say "take away their tax-exempt status". Where's the false equivalence? Johnny will give you your lovely parting gifts now...

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    Your post is a perfect example of false equivalency: A minister on the right tells his congregants that they are no longer welcome in his church if they vote for the "other". A minister on the left repeats what the so-called "christians" who have taken over polictics have said repeatedly. Are you REALLY that obtuse or are you just playing for like-minded low information types?

    April 1, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Republicans are always looking backwards and in the wrong direction 100% of the time. That easily explains why we are still fighting an unnecessary war in Afghanistan and why the GOP clings to Paul Ryan's "protect the rich" budget.

    April 1, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    Attention Conservative "Christians": Jesus Christ was liberal with his message of Love for each other, even our enemies, as found in the Four Gospels.It was for ALL Mankind, not just for a Chosen People.

    April 1, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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