By Clash Daily / 1 April 2013
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.”
As the first family trekked across Lafayette Square to the church, Mr. Obama offered a “Happy Easter, everybody” to the press and onlookers assembled.
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.”