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.



  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.