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Pastor slams religious right at Obamas' Easter service
CBS News ^ | March 31, 2013

Posted on 03/31/2013 8:59:59 PM PDT by Rennes Templar

President Obama attended an Easter service with his family today at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House, and the Pastor delivering the sermon at the service veered into political territory when he slammed the religious right for living in the past and lionizing "the good old days."

The sermon at the service, delivered by Dr. Luis Leon, an Episcopal pastor who delivered the benediction at Mr. Obama's second inauguration, took a turn for the political when the pastor decried those who wax nostalgic about the way things once were.

"I hear all the time the expression 'the good old days'," Leon said. "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," he added. "It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling people back...for Blacks to be back in the back of the bus, for women to be back in the kitchen, for gays to be in the closet and for immigrants to be on their side of the border."

"What you and I understand," Leon said, "is that when Jesus says, 'You can't hang onto me,' he says, 'You know it's not about the past, it's not about the before, it's not about the way things were, but about the way things can be in the now.'"

Luis asked his audience, "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?"

"Today the choice is yours," he said. "Jesus Christ is risen today - that's the proclamation. May God bless you with Easter vision now and forever. Amen."


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KEYWORDS: african; backofthebus; blacks; church; democrats; easter; episcopal; jeremiahwrightii; luisleon; obama; obamaonreligion; obamaspastor; plantation; racebaiting; religion
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We can contact the Rev at stjohns-dc.org to let him know what we think of his "sermon".
1 posted on 03/31/2013 8:59:59 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

The religious right wants blacks in the back of the bus? What an idiot!!


2 posted on 03/31/2013 9:03:46 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: Rennes Templar

Seriously speaking, these are not Churches. They are political clubs staffed by political thieves. Somewhat different variations of popular televangelists of the Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen types.

Christ said “My House is The House of Prayer But You have Made It A Den of Thieves”


3 posted on 03/31/2013 9:04:40 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Rennes Templar

I wouldn’t risk a virus infecting my computer.


4 posted on 03/31/2013 9:04:51 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: Rennes Templar

IOW, Pastor slams the Holy Spirit...


5 posted on 03/31/2013 9:05:19 PM PDT by hope (Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!)
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To: Rennes Templar

1910 US good ole days. Population about 100 million, 6 percent graduate high school, 20 percent cannot read, but for the entire nation that year we only had 230 murders. To equal that today based on current population, the entire number of people murdered in 2012 cannot exceed 700. Chicago alone, had about 530 murders. US has about 12,000 murders a year. So Pastor what did the people do in 1910 that we fail to do in 2013? Maybe one of the problems is churches today do not teach God words and adhere to the Bible and require those who attend church to do the same!


6 posted on 03/31/2013 9:06:08 PM PDT by Fee
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To: Rennes Templar
"It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling people back...for Blacks to be back in the back of the bus, for women to be back in the kitchen, for gays to be in the closet and for immigrants to be on their side of the border."

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

7 posted on 03/31/2013 9:07:01 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Rennes Templar

What is the “religuous right”?

Seriously, what is this guy talking about?


8 posted on 03/31/2013 9:08:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Rennes Templar

Excuse me. The ‘Right’ doesn’t want Blacks in the back of the bus. We want Blacks, and everyone, to be able to own the bus if they wish.

It is your side that keeps them subjugated into their own class boxes. Your side is creating a caste system to rival any we’ve seen before.


9 posted on 03/31/2013 9:14:47 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Rennes Templar

Well, don’t ask obama about it, because I’m sure he didn’t hear anything.


10 posted on 03/31/2013 9:16:04 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: BenLurkin

It doesn’t matter what he’s talking about. He is talking to Obama voters.


11 posted on 03/31/2013 9:16:06 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: BenLurkin

I would imagine he means everything conservative that is religious, as opposed to conservatives that are not religious.

I would also imagine he speaks for the religious left - way left.


12 posted on 03/31/2013 9:18:22 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

Well Doc....just which of the Lord’s Commandments have YOU determined are out of date?


13 posted on 03/31/2013 9:20:40 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: BenLurkin
Yeah, what is the “Religious Right''? Is that different than the "Atheistic Left''?
14 posted on 03/31/2013 9:21:49 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
The concept of Christian charity has been evolving.

Now hatred and slander are acceptable components of Christian charity as long as they are directed at someone "on the Right" (however that is defined).

15 posted on 03/31/2013 9:23:34 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Rennes Templar

Luis sounds like a loon.


16 posted on 03/31/2013 9:26:18 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Fee

I don’t think there was AIDS or illegal immigrant crime back then either.

Disturbing thing is, one may attend church now, and learn that sin (sodomy) and crime (illegal immigration) is OK. Begs the question, why go to church, when you can get the same schpeel on MSNBC?


17 posted on 03/31/2013 9:30:10 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Fee

How good was crime statistic keeping in those days?


18 posted on 03/31/2013 9:33:23 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: F15Eagle

“Luis sounds like a loon.”

Next best thing to Rev. Wright.


19 posted on 03/31/2013 9:34:41 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
the accuser of our brethren

Satan

20 posted on 03/31/2013 9:36:01 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: Rennes Templar
The good old days, when the Episcopal Church was Christian.
21 posted on 03/31/2013 9:41:07 PM PDT by Patrick1 (“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”)
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To: Rennes Templar

Black churches are beyond repair. They are staffed by self-appointed reverends no different than the Rev. Wrights, Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons and are nothing more than non-profit subsidiaries of the DNC and the Obama machine. In the IQ spectrum the congregants are a little lower than what you would get watching a Benny Hinn, or Joel Osteen gathering.


22 posted on 03/31/2013 9:44:00 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Rennes Templar

Luis, you ignorant slut.


23 posted on 03/31/2013 9:48:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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Too bad those atheist leftists Slick Willie, Janet Reno and Eric Holder weren't in charge back in 1961. You never would have escaped Cuba on a Peter Pan flight if they had been, Luis: 202-347-8766 x302

24 posted on 03/31/2013 9:49:19 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: F15Eagle
How is this guy a pastor if he is OK with gays not repenting of their sins? Pastor needs to repent and resign

1 Corinthians 7-11

7The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?

8Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.

9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men

10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

25 posted on 03/31/2013 9:49:27 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Rennes Templar

It’s always awkward hearing of an obsequious minister rendering up to Caesar, especially on a day like today.

But his peroration did remind ‘Caesar’ of something: “I need to remind Bigfoot to reserve my own funeral vault, for when I pass on in 30 or so years and can no longer rule Amerika.
“Three days should be about all the time I’ll need too ...” thought the Democrat’s little tin god as he sat there thinking of his short game.


26 posted on 03/31/2013 9:49:40 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Rennes Templar
"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?"

This Pastor is a retrobate and is teching against what Christ taught.

Christ is the Truth, and the Light, and the Way to the Father. There is no "new and wonderful way."

Sin is sin, whether it be sodomay, robbery, murder, lieing, cheating, or deceiving.

No "new and wonderful way," will change those facts and the need for any people committing sin to repent of them and turn to Christ for redemption...not be told they are not sinning and they have nothing to repent of.

Seems to me, this preacher's church and his tax exempt status should come into question...a practixe I do not agree with...which is a practise of their own creation and that they surely seek to use against any would preach against such things from the puplit.

27 posted on 03/31/2013 9:50:34 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Rennes Templar

Nutcase.

That isn’t the context or meaning of that verse.

“You can’t hold onto me until I have ascended to the Father.” alludes to the completion of the prophecy.


28 posted on 03/31/2013 9:53:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Rennes Templar

How about a 50% divorce rate, Pastor? 50% illegitimacy rate? A million+ “legal” abortions a year? Ever heard of AIDS? Drugs, crack, heroin? 12-30 million illegal aliens and politicians who won’t enforce the law?

Maybe they should stop enforcing the so called “civil rights laws” then? What would you think about that, Pastor?


29 posted on 03/31/2013 9:54:20 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Jeff Head

“There is no “new and wonderful way.”

There is to them, it’s called self-delusion.

“this preacher’s church and his tax exempt status should come into question.”

Were this Bush and his pastor dumped on the left like this, the IRS and media would be swarming like vultures.


30 posted on 03/31/2013 9:59:26 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: fieldmarshaldj

That sums it up well.


31 posted on 03/31/2013 10:01:58 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
I don't care about the retard Reverend. It's the fact that a sitting POTUS would go and listen to that racist drivel and then say nothing to condemn it. Obviously 0bamugabe approves of this kind of race baiting divisiveness.

Anyone who thinks that can be separated from his general political agenda is an idiot.

32 posted on 03/31/2013 10:02:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Rennes Templar

This leftist @$$hole ‘piscopal preacher has no concept of Jesus, he has no concept of history, has no concept of anything except putting on knee pads for the Usurper in the audience...let him suck on the tootsie role...and then let him go to hell...


33 posted on 03/31/2013 10:11:50 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Rennes Templar
He's not a pastor. He's an activist. And government is his God.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

34 posted on 03/31/2013 10:16:59 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Patrick1

The charlatan has contempt for those who can see through him, always dreading the day when the trap finally swings shut.


35 posted on 03/31/2013 10:18:17 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Rennes Templar
Thank you, Dr. Leon for those fine words of encouragement.


36 posted on 03/31/2013 10:24:57 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Rennes Templar

And, now we know why I abandoned the Episcopal church decades ago.


37 posted on 03/31/2013 10:25:58 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Viking2002

Then get out of church and join the Occupy crowd.


38 posted on 03/31/2013 10:26:56 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Fee

I’m 55

It was better once overall by a longshot...

Loss of faith in God is the primary culprit


39 posted on 03/31/2013 10:30:20 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Rennes Templar
The bozo oboma warmed his butt in the pew of the Reverend Wright's Church in Chicago for years, just for show. And once again bozo oboma warmed his butt in a church pew, in a different church this time, and on Easter Sunday, strictly for show.

obozo is an atheist, a socialist/communist/marxist/revolutionary/muslim sympathizer and traitor. Period. It infuriates me when he mocks us who “cling to our religion and our guns,” and then makes a show of entering a church on Easter Sunday. He is an evil man. And God will deal with him accordingly.

40 posted on 03/31/2013 11:51:03 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Rennes Templar

We do think about the future and the way things are today when we reninimiss about the past.

There are many quality about the past that are in fact far better than the present or prospective future as things are now. Such as families, virtues, liberty, and sold economic growth.

It is true that the past also held some negative things, but it is not to them negative things that we look but to the positive in dreaming of the future.

Learn about the past Rev if you ever do find you have a serous desire for the future. For Idle thoughts do not build civilizations. Time tested plans and actions form the foundation of the future.


41 posted on 04/01/2013 12:10:15 AM PDT by Monorprise (`)
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To: DLfromthedesert

“The religious right wants blacks in the back of the bus? What an idiot!!”

Someone should remind this Pastor of the biblical laws against baring false witness against your neighbor.

We have no such desire and he knows it.


42 posted on 04/01/2013 12:12:24 AM PDT by Monorprise (`)
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To: DLfromthedesert; BenLurkin; mnehring; Rennes Templar; Diamond; Lexinom; AmericanInTokyo; ...
2 posted on 3/31/2013 11:03:46 PM by DLfromthedesert: “The religious right wants blacks in the back of the bus? What an idiot!!”

Unfortunately, a few do think that way. Google “kinism.” Thank God they are a small and dwindling number. Racial bigotry is not taught in the Bible. Such people need to be driven out of conservative Christian circles because they give the vast majority of us a bad name.

9 posted on 3/31/2013 11:14:47 PM by mnehring: “Excuse me. The ‘Right’ doesn’t want Blacks in the back of the bus. We want Blacks, and everyone, to be able to own the bus if they wish. It is your side that keeps them subjugated into their own class boxes. Your side is creating a caste system to rival any we’ve seen before.”

Amen!

Our conservative colors are supposed to “red, white and blue,” not “white versus black.” We forget that at our peril.

43 posted on 04/01/2013 12:22:32 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: DLfromthedesert

90% of the people listening to that service will believe it.


44 posted on 04/01/2013 4:13:56 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Rennes Templar
when Jesus says, 'You can't hang onto me,'

What book is that from?

45 posted on 04/01/2013 4:16:24 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

And then “they” wonder why attendance at “their” church is down? Maybe like most other things, those in the know are far better informed, and perceptive, than those who profess to know.

Seems the good “pastor” should have been watching The Bible to learn something about the meaning of Easter because we certainly now know he is not reading it.


46 posted on 04/01/2013 4:40:28 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Rennes Templar

47 posted on 04/01/2013 4:45:59 AM PDT by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: Rennes Templar

obam goes to church, what, once or twice a year?....and THIS is what he decides to attend?

It’s unfathomable to think a service, especially Easter, could encompass such teachings.

That obama chose such a church is further evidence (like anyone needed any) of his lack of morality, character, etc.


48 posted on 04/01/2013 5:07:18 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Rennes Templar

Geeze.

If this “sermon” is what he considers fit for public consumption, imagine the fiery hate he spews when it’s just him and his fellow Episcopagan travelers behind closed doors.


49 posted on 04/01/2013 5:18:24 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: Rennes Templar

On the day that OTHER Christian churches look back nearly 2000 years he says essentially “stop looking back to the good ol’ days”.


50 posted on 04/01/2013 5:48:01 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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