Preaching Wrong About the Right

“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 gays to be in the closet, and for immigrants to be back on their side of the border.”

– Rev. Luis Leon, pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church, said this yesterday on Easter Sunday with Barack Obama and family in attendance.

Aren’t we constantly told that politics has no place in the pulpit? When Catholic priests talk about abortion or gay marriage and how they are not consistent with Church teachings, the Left gets crazy. But when this minister says something this outrageous on Easter Sunday, the Right is supposed to bow their heads and ask forgiveness.

Obama must have been eating it up and chuckling with Michelle about it later. Today at the White House press briefing Jay Carney was asked about it and said dismissively that they hadn’t talked about it. OK, maybe not talking, snickering?

How easy it is to toss off such a remark and then run away! We see it with drive by journalism; now we have drive by ministering. Which “captains of the religious right?” I doubt Leon could have named any. Racist and bigot are two terms that are dangerous to throw around because gullible Americans want to believe it. Once someone is called a racist it’s a stain they can never remove.

Don’t doubt that this kind of talk will continue around Obama. He would be perfectly happy to drive religion out of America and replace it with the State (preferably led by him or Michelle). Make no mistake; this is a stalking horse. Others will follow suit until the country characterizes priests and conservative ministers as bigots and racists not worth listening to.

The next step is their removal.

Something big has been happening and is likely to get bigger, especially with Obamacare’s installation looming and the religious objections to abortion, contraceptives and euthanasia.

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