Episcopalian priest at Obama’s church attacks ‘Religious Right’ during Easter service

Obama First Family Michelle Barack Malia SashaA preacher using the pulpit to push a political agenda isn’t news — unless, of course, the First Family happens to be present in the congregation that day.

During his Easter Sunday service, Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. made a special point to attack the “religious right” as President Obama and his family listened on.

“It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back,” Leon reportedly said during his sermon according to the White House pool report. “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.”

When asked if the president’s attendance at the church contributed to Leon’s sermon Sunday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the following:

“Well, again, he [Leon] is not a politician. This is not a senator or a member of Congress or the president, this was a sermon at a church here that’s been visited by presidents of both parties for many, many years. And I think–you know, I just don’t have anything more on it for you–I haven’t talked to the president about it.”

Obama has yet to give an actual statement about his thoughts on the controversial sermon.

As a new member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, this is the first time I have heard of Rev. Leon politicizing his sermons. I wasn’t in attendance to hear the sermon in question, and I was disappointed to later learn that Rev. Leon had chosen the day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection to promote a political agenda.

While the Episcopal church has made some bold political statements of late, including ordaining gay and transgender priests and blessing same-sex marriages, Easter is not the day to lobby on a political issue. It’s a day to celebrate what epitomizes being a Christian: Christ’ resurrection.

Comments

Comments

  1. Jack Hudson says:

    The pulpit is not the place for anything other than Gods word. Many times in the New Testament, Christ says “beware false prophets.” THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS WARNING US ABOUT!
    If you attend a church that teaches ANYTHING other than the word of God, RUN!

    1. Wallace D. Johnson says:

      And, just what is “God’s” word? I go with Jesus The Christ with, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the inprisoned, love your neighbor as yourself, and that funny old thing about “do unto others as you want them to do unto you” uhmmm????? What would “God” say?

      1. Jane Stewart says:

        Agree with you mostly.

  2. Wallace says:

    Funny how so few know the true teachings and practices of Jesus Christ. The Pastor was doing just what Christ would have done, preached “His” sermon when the folks who needed to hear it were present. Especially the recalcitrants who only show at Easter and Mother’s Day.

The Daily Show on 'mixed marriages'

The Daily Show has braved one of the great dilemmas of our politicized generation: dating outside your political party.

The Daily Show defends 'manspreading'

“Manspreading”: The defining male rights movement of our generation!

Nancy Grace battles Dr. Drew on pot

Oh, Nancy. Just weeks after gracing the internet with her marijuana debate with 2 Chainz, she's served up another delightful bit of TV: her appalled reaction to discovering that fellow HLN star Dr. Drew is on the 2 Chainz side of this argument.

Stewart: 'Drones love Obama'
Jon Stewart couldn’t stop laughing about the drone found at the White House early Monday morning. A small drone crashed on the White House lawn around 3 a.m. and after several hours in lockdown, Secret Service determined that it did not pose a threat. “Of course it didn’t pose a threat. Drones love Obama. He’s like a one […]
Jonathan Gruber raps to MIT students

If you’ve been dying to see Jonathan Gruber, who credited the “stupidity of the American voter” with passing Obamacare, strip down to his undershirt and rap about economics, today is your lucky day!

White House

Biden: ‘The past six years have been really, really hard for this country,’ ‘tough for our party’

Vice President Joe Biden has a lot of singular qualities—he kills it with the ladies, for example, and is always down for a good ball joke.

HuffPo blogger Obama tells Dems to ‘Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post’
President Obama offered some pretty ironic advice at the House Democrats annual retreat Thursday. According to The Hill, Obama told his fellow Democrats to hold their fire while the administration works on trade deals that several liberal lawmakers have expressed opposition to. “Keep your powder dry,” he said. How did he suggest doing that? “Get […]
White House: Scrapped 529 plan will still be in budget because it has already been sent to the printers
That awkward moment when even the President of the United States can’t get a print shop to make a small change for him… Just one day after the White House announced that it had caved to political pressure and would not be taxing the 529 college savings plan,  officials also had to admit that this […]
VP Biden appears on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to get ask young people to sign up for Obamacare
With three weeks to go until the Obamacare deadline to purchase insurance, the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage young people to sign up.  The renewed push included a stop by Vice President Joe Biden on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday so he could appeal to moms who are good at […]
Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security threat. The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials […]

Congress

Dems escort reporters to bathroom at retreat
Why do Democrats always want to escort reporters to the restroom? Or at least it sure seems that way. The latest incident comes from the House Democrats annual retreat where Politico reports that reporters were required to have a staff members escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby during Vice President Joe Biden’s […]
Rubio wants permanent NSA spying law

For Senator Marco Rubio (R- Fla.) reauthorizing government spying isn't quite enough--he wants to permanently enshrine it in law.

Cornyn to Lynch:'You're not Eric Holder, are you?'
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) bluntly asked the only question that seemed to be on every Republican’s mind Wednesday at Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing to be the next attorney general. “You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” Cornyn asked. “No, I’m not,” Lynch replied. “I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch [if confirmed.]“   Cornyn said […]
Cruz bill would punish IRS targeting with jailtime

Ted Cruz wants IRS employees guilty of targeting to be the ones forking over their money, this time -- and that's at the very least.