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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Obama attends Easter service; minister criticizes ‘captains of the religious right’

President Obama and the first family walked from the White House across Lafayette Square to attend Easter worship at St. John’s Church, their most frequent religious venue while in Washington.

The Obamas worshipped at St. John’s on Easter 2009, and they have visited the Episcopal congregation, which is led by the Rev. Luis Leon, numerous times.


Video: President Obama and his family attended Easter services at an Episcopal church near the White House where past presidents frequently have worshipped.


With Obama in the pews, Leon took a shot at political conservatives, arguing from the pulpit that some conservative positions are holding people back.

Quoting from John 20:1-18, Leon said in the same way that Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to hold on to him, it is time for conservatives to stop holding on to what he considers outdated stances in matters of race, gender equality, homosexuals and immigrants.

“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,” Leon said.

Leon said that people instead should use “Easter vision” to allow them to see the world in a different, more “wonderful” way.

After the sermon, Leon told The Washington Post that he was speaking about Mary realizing that she shouldn’t hold on, accepting it and changing from that point on.

“That is the invitation for all of us,” Leon said. When asked to discuss his criticism of political conservatives, he said: “I will keep my thoughts there.”

Obama has visited the church, which is steps from the White House, several times during his presidency. Like most of his previous visits to churches in the District, Obama did not make a speech. He sat on the end of a pew near the middle of the sanctuary, smiling and greeting members of the congregation with “Happy Easter.”

Since taking office, Obama also has visited a number of African American churches, where he has almost always chosen to worship quietly, speaking only once.

The Obamas have not become members of a congregation in the District, but they have started to develop a spiritual tradition, largely visiting churches close to the White House.

On the Sunday that he was sworn in for a second term, Obama and his family attendedMetropolitan AME — which is only blocks from the presidential residence — where they also worshipped during the previous year’s Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The Rev. Ronald Braxton, Metropolitan AME’s pastor, turned to politics on Good Friday, as he and scores of church members and community leaders marched with small wooden crosses to Freedom Plaza, calling for an end to gun violence and a way to stop the tide of young people going to prison.

The “Stop the Pipeline to Prison and End Gun Violence” rally included a number of speakers who talked about the recent rash of gun violence in the District, which has happened just as members of Congress have been debating gun control legislation.

The speakers urged Obama and members of Congress not to forget the plight of African Americans in the inner cities.

“With gun control, we want to have some rational policies not only when it happens in Newtown, not only in Aurora, in rural America, but in black America as well,” said Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, who was the keynote speaker for the event. He noted the hundreds of young people dying as a result of gun violence in cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Washington.

Braxton echoed Dyson’s remarks: “We are out here today because Christ was crucified on this day for our sins and we symbolically bear his cross today for the redemption of our community. Gun violence is destroying our community.”

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At large), who took part in the event at Freedom Plaza, said in terms of gun violence, “All of the churches have to come together because this is a tragedy.”

 

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