At the Easter service Obama attended with his family on Sunday, Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Episcopal Church took shots at religious conservatives for living in the past:
I hear all the time the expression 'the good old days. Well, the good old days, we forget they have been good for some, but they weren't good for everybody. You can't go back, you can't live in 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.
Quoting the part of John 20:1-18 where Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to hold onto him, Rev. Leon asked, "will you accept the invitation from our Gospel today to see things with Easter vision, recognizing reality in a different and new and wonderful way?"
Obama has been to services at the church before, including an Easter service in 2012.
PS. I would like this dimestore pastor sucking up to the president- to provide facts to back up his statements. Oh wait- the RIGHT is the one with the only black member of the Senate. The Right isn't the one calling women the C Bomb- that would be Bill Maher. The Right are the folks who elected more hispanics in the last 2 election Cycles.
The pastor fits Obama's political and egotistical needs: Prop him up- and make him look good. All while selling yourself for pieces of silver. Nice eh?
Sucking,keep on sucking. Suck-up and keep on sucking pastor sucker. That's the way to suck right ,face to face. I was not going to post on this site anymore ; until i read the article. Nothing about religion just sucking and more sucking.!!!!
A church not having a left or right political lean. A church were the pastor speaks of Jesus Christ being our Savior. and nothing else......This is what people go to church for, not political zealot'ness
@Vance1 So your church does not preach about abortion laws, gay marriage, prayer in school, the modern day nation of Isreal, Islamic terrorism, contraception, or any of the other things that so many right wing churches get involved on politics over? Glad to know you don't consider Pat Robertson to have anything to do with a normal church.
@Cheenoguy I go to a small baptist church, its a very simple one. My preacher speaks of Jesus Christ and the good of him. How we can and should assist people who need assistance. How we should reach out and help our brothers and sisters. He doesn't talk about politic's at all, If he started that, I would stop going as would most others, We do not attend church for a political meeting.
The word church means body of. The NT refers to the churches as the churches of Christ thus body of Christ. The body should always use Biblical teachings to guide political choices, however the pastor has no business preaching politics from his podium. His purpose is to spread the word and to bring new members to the body.
I cannot understand the close mindedness of Barack Obama, his mind is totally closed to ideas from the right and surrounds himself with "yes-men" He would do well to look at successful leaders from the past to know that the best ideas from both the left and right are what make this country go, he has become even more of an idealogue and that is bad for America.
Anyone who believes that people are inferior, no matter what your political or religious views, don't deserve to be part of the species. The fact that this pastor would bash the "religious right" which are traditionally evangelical in nature, makes him no better than the people he mocks.
Its understandable, considering this presidents ideology and who he associates with -- Marxist, Muslim despots and 'ersatz' christian phonies, such as, the not so reverend wright. Remember, Just because a president, person, priest or minister calls themselves a christian, doesn't make it so, anymore than a person standing in garage make them a car.....
"For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ." 2 Cor. 11:12-15
Typical divisive garbage from the president (small p) of 'inclusion.' Why would any reasonable person believe Mr. Obama's pastor would actually discuss Christ? After all, it's only EASTER. *this man is a travesty*
Perhaps Rev. Leon's language was a bit over the top (he's known for his strong opinions) but it was not inappropriate to discuss political issues in an Easter sermon. I admit that I have had a difficult time connecting the dots in some of his sermons and writings but he is thought-provoking. Look what he started here: He's got many of us discussing his statements and him.
Have never heard of him, so I won't judge a book by it's cover, but he seems to use the pulpit as a persuasion machine, which he has every right to. You are right, we are discussing him, and now I'm interested.
"He's got many of us discussing his statements and him."..instead of discussing God which is who he's supposed to be preaching in the name of and doing work for. That very fact is an indication that he's using his pulpit for unintended purposes. If he wants to favor a side of the isle, he needs to run for a govmnt office.
I believe in the principal of separate church and state, and IMO religious leaders who use their pulpit to talk politics should have their tax exempt status revoked. Church should be a place of worship, not political discussion.
@Denizen_Kate Many people believe as you do. However, based on their preaching, few clergymen of the so-called mainstream churches agree. In fact, they may see discussion of public policy and politics to be part of their ministry. It started in the places of worship of the pilgrims. In colonial times, preachers fed the fires of revolution. It will be hard to change nearly 400 years of politics from the pulpit.
"I hear all the time the expression 'the good old days. Well, the good old days, we forget they have been good for some, but they weren't good for everybody. You can't go back, you can't live in the past."
I agree the good old days may not have been great for everybody, but what in the hell makes anyone think these new days are going to be great for everybody? There is no evidense to say that is true. All that is goin on here is people who feel they are have nots, which is pretty much everyone who thinks they can get something for nothing are the squekie wheels wanting to bring the others down a couple of pegs. If Obama really wanted to help everyone, insteed of spending so much on crap, why not just cut everyone 100,000 dollar check, cause he knows exactly what would happen. Most of those have nots would be have nots again within a year. There will always be those who have not, feel kept down, held back. There will never be an America or a planet of total mediocrity. All this nonsense is a complete waste if 8 years.
Social progressives like to replace the status quo with something new, no matter if it's better or if it's worse, they simply want something new.
It's a form of social consumerism, fixing something regardless of whether it needs fixing or not. Similar to impulse buying. The problem with progressives is their lack of forsight, and hindsight.
People should learn from the past, and keep what works, and only try to fix things that are broken. This "replace it all with something new" doesn't work either, and causes people to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Humans have the resources now to learn from our past, and prevent future mistakes, yet we still don't have the desire to do so. The corrupt (politicians and the rich elitists) also don't want the masses to learn from the past, because an educated populace is harder to control, so they use social issues and consumerism to divert their attentions and keep them distracted.
I think I like the idea of religion not influencing politics and government not influencing religion. This is not the era of the civil rights movement anymore(it was needed then). Those minorities already won there civil rights only to give them up and become dependant drones. Furthermore, that pastor sounds a little underqualified for the sermon he is giving, he is far from a Martin Luther King.