White House Press Secretary Jay Carney walked a line between refusing to criticize the pastor who charged the “religious right” with racism while distancing President Obama from the remarks by emphasizing that the Obama family only attended the church service due to tradition. “I wasn’t there and I have not spoken with the president,” Carney told reporters. “I know that he enjoys going to easter services with his family. “In keeping with the tradition that dates back many presidencies, he went right across the park here to St. John’s Episcopal Church and attended services there.”
Comments: Of course not! You know for certain if that situation was reversed 0bama would have been at the podium inserting himself into the fray immediately.
Who is he kidding, as that Rev. Leon was included in Obama´s inauguration ceremony two months ago. Obviously Leon inserted that political straw man loaded paragraph concerning blacks, women, and immigrants in the middle of his sermon because he knew that´s what Obama wanted him to say!
carney´s response was such a predictable lie. Any topic, or story that is a potential embarrassment to obama gets the stock, "I´m not familiar with that story, or I haven´t spoken to the president about it." Of course, no one in the press "corpse" has the guts to follow up with a question the next day.
Decent parents, just DECENT God-fearing parents would be concerned that their girls were subjected to such hate speech on Easter Sunday from the pulpit. However, for the Obama girls, they have been raised on this talk so no big deal.
Right-wing pundits will never like a Democratic President. They don´t get paid to do that. Once again a right-wing pundit is trying to score points. The President has neither the time nor the need to comment on evrything under the sun.
#8, I realize golf takes up a lot of Obama´s time, and those 10:30-110am start of the work day doesn´t help much either. That jet-setting consumes a lot of time too, then there are the parties and vacations. 5 years in, he hasn´t yet healed the planet or made the tides recede. He HAS shown that he is one of the most racist politicians of all time, and the stink is so bad that others around him pick it up too. Now, will that Church lose its tax exempt status? WHO would attend a Church like that?
I see the trolls are out again, showing us their pants waist size is greater than their IQ with responses that make no sense at all.
As to the article when you have a derisive racist president, why would he be bothered by a sermon like that, in fact I would go as far to say, he probably sent the guy (anybody teaching like that doesn´t deserve title of pastor) giving the message cliff notes to use to make sure everyone would get zero´s message.
#1 pretty well summed up the current state of the Episcopal Church. Go to any service and 90% of the congregation is white-haired and parents of baby-boomers. I was a "cradle Episcopalian" but haven´t attended in years. The PC crowd has destroyed it.
Luis Leon preached from the same "racial creed book" as "the reverends" Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, et al. The POTUS is a devout believer in that same race baiting doctrine. To condemn the words of Luis Leon would be condemning himself.
I´m an Episcopal and a Republican for more than 50 years - our church is tolerant of everyone and most are Republicans. I found the pastor´s comments offensive and painted with an unearned broad brush. So I wrote him, and the head of the Episcopal Church of the U.S. He needs to get out of D.C. and see what others are like. Horribly divisive this man is.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney walked a line between refusing to criticize the pastor who charged the “religious right” with racism while distancing President Obama from the remarks by emphasizing that the Obama family only attended the church service due to tradition.
That might be the root of the problem right there.
First, former Episcopalians, knock it off with the anti-E comments. How can your values prevail if you skedaddle? Next, everybody, don´t knock us for the liturgy which several centuries ago was written so that church members would know how to read when few could. Sermons are at the discretion of the speaker and well, how many teachers can you quote from memory? In their defense, as a journalist, I will say the Gospel writers coulda given us a few more details but I´m hardly the person to order Matt, Mark Luke & John to rewrites. Faith, people. Our Lord has a sense of humor. Blessed Easter!
I have seen #8 knocking us numerous times here on this fine site. "Right-wing pundits"....you insult all of us here and our host and her wonderful staff when you denigrate us repeatedly. We´re mostly "traditionalist" people here who cant stand the way Obama flips us the finger every chance he gets, even in a CHURCH! And Carney is a circus clown liar, just like Obama! This here isnt the HuffPo or Twitter, so may I suggest politely that you "GRAB A CLUE"? Thanks...
Obama is a little bit racist its true, but Im a little bit, too. Everyone´s a little bit racist; it´s human nature to make judgments based on color. After all, bigotry is not exclusively white. Instead of denying bigotry, we should proudly own our racism, thereby proactively neutralizing any statement made by pinheads such as the sharia Reverend mentioned in this article. Besides, think of how much fun it would be watching libs heads explode!!!
Let´s pretend that it wasn´t Obama in that Church but George W. Bush. And the same preacher served up the same bile but in reverse and ranted about radical left wing pastors who coddle people like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn and other lefty parasites, would some still believe..
"The President has neither the time nor the need to comment on evrything under the sun."
Bush would hardly have had time to get out of his seat before the lame stream media and left wing pundits pounced. His press secretary would have been inundated with reporter, after agenda driven reporter, demanding Bush disavow the clown preacher´s remarks.
Obama sat there, smiled at the nice preacher and Jay Carney said, "nothing to see here, let´s move on," because this IS OBAMA´S RELIGION. This is exactly what he believes and worships. But, it´s Zero, so, what difference, at this point, does it make?
We can´t blame Obama for the pastor´s remarks, not directly anyway. Of course if Obama were not Obama that pathetic Episcopal priest would perhaps not been inspired to suck up to him by injecting politics into the Easter sermon. The problem here is the priest and the failure to acknowledge any boundary between the sacred and the profane. I am not an Episcopalian, but from what I read I gather that this denomination has at least in some circles all but abolished such a distinction and seems to have divinized the world and begun to practice idolatry towards the schemes and works of Man.
The priest´s flagrantly partisan remarks in the Easter sermon, if they are accurately reported, are a scandal and a disgrace. One wonders if such talk might not jeopardize tax exempt status under another adminsitration.
Oh come on. Who do they think they are fooling? As has been pointed out multitudinous times, Obama and his family cannot go ANYWHERE without the Secret Service first doing a security sweep.
It was known days, if not weeks, ahead of time that he and his family would be attending services this day. It was NO SURPRISE. A secret, perhaps, but the one doing the sermon, well, I don´t know what to call him, certainly knew.
It not only was written for him, it may have actually been written BY him. At least that portion.
Regardless, the real truth of the matter is this: It had NO place in a church sermon, especially an Easter message, but not any message, ever.
Politics has no place in church. Want proof? Look what it did to Jesus, then ask, "What would Jesus do?".
I´m an Episcopalian and have gone to the same church for 40 years. I never hear this kind of talk from our priest and would leave if I did. My church is generally more liberal than I am but Luis´ remarks were beyond disgusting.
There are a lot of conservative Episcopalians; the liberals are just louder.
#33 - I realize you were speaking somewhat tongue in cheek, but there is a serious and important answer to your question.
Many Christians can answer quite a few, and all of them from from the inspired pages of the Holy Bible, which is what any man who calls himself a preacher of the Gospel of Christ should have been doing.
The apostle Paul admonishes in 2 Timothy 2: 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
And, in Galatians 1: 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
And, if the Bereans (Acts 17: 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.) searched the scriptures daily to make certain the miraculously inspired preaching of the apostle Paul was accurate - and they did - why should less be expected of Episcopalians, or any one of us with regard to any uninspired preacher today?
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