Rev. Luis Leon was the Episcopal priest who preached at Saint John's Church Lafayette Square where President Obama attended Easter services. The good Reverend had a hateful rant for the "Religious Right."
The unbelievable "sermon" was reminiscent of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's twisted take on Christianity. In this case, Rev. Leon preached, "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." The polarizing and groundless rhetoric is not backed up with facts, but that is no surprise. It never is. Generalizing entire groups of people dehumanizes them and it seems that Rev. Leon is not immune.
Reuters reporter Jeff Mason took note of the controversial comments and sent out this tweet:
Pastor at church Obama is attending says captains of the religious right want blacks at back of bus, women in the kitchen, gays in closetÂ— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) March 31, 2013
This journalist was right to call out the Rev. Luis Leon on his remarks, which are an embarrassment. This is not an unusual trend. In 2011, President Obama and family visited Shiloh Baptist Church in D.C., where the Pastor Wallace Charles Smith was criticized for his race-baiting comments. He bashed conservatives, as well. Hopefully, his congregation will be able to convince Rev. Leon to be a bit more responsible.
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