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.