Obama's Easter Service: Pastor Attacks 'Captains of the Religious Right'

Obama's Easter Service: Pastor Attacks 'Captains of the Religious Right'

At the Easter service attended Sunday by President Barack Obama and his family, the pastor railed against “captains of the religious right,” according to the White House pool report cited by the Washington Post. The service, led by Rev. Luis Leon, was held at Saint John’s Church at Lafayette Square, which is where the First Family worships most often, though they have not formally joined any particular church in Washington, D.C.

The Post article notes that the Easter sermon targeted conservatives as racists, sexists and xenophobes:

According to a press pool report of Leon’s sermon, the minister criticized what he called “the captains of the religious right.”

People often want things to go back to the way things used to be, before “work got difficult and faith got confused, and life got more confusing,” Leon said, according to the pool report. 

“You cannot go back,” Leon said, citing the words of Jesus. “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.”

President Obama left his own church in 2008 amidst controversy over his pastor’s incendiary remarks.

File photo: Rev. Luis Leon at right (credit: urbanchristiannews.com)


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