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by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 1, 2013) — The Weekly Standard has reproduced notes provided by a pool reporter who attended the church service in Washington, DC which the Obama family attended on Easter Sunday, but nowhere is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ mentioned.
Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day upon which Jesus, who had been crucified on Holy Friday, rose from death and walked the earth, demonstrating victory over death to those who believed that He was the Son of God and the Redeemer.
The Obamas walked to the church with the normal Secret Service detail. There was rain as they left the church following the service, and the dogwood trees are beginning to bloom. The family has reportedly attended the church on previous occasions but has not officially joined any church in the Washington, DC area.
The Obama daughters reportedly spent the first part of last week, which was “spring break” in their school schedules, in the Bahamas, then traveled to Idaho to ski the remainder of the week.
Obama had stated that sequestration cuts necessitated canceling all tours of the White House, which the American taxpayers fund, but Secret Service personnel were evidently available to accompany his daughters to two locales thousands of miles apart last week.
The Post & Email has inquired of the White House as to the cost of the girls’ trips. We previously contacted the Secret Service to ask if they are aware that the birth certificate image posted on April 27, 2011 is a forgery, at which time the Secret Service spokesman refused to give a response and referred us to the White House.
Instead of preaching about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the “pastor” said:
“The message of Easter is about the power of love over loveless power.
‘Easter vision’ will allow you to see the whole world in a different way. “There is no injustice so insidious that there can be no truth … no war so deep that there can be no peace … no enemy so bitter that they can’t become a friend.
‘Easter vision’ means recognizing reality in a new and wonderful way.
He also said:
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.”
While on earth, Jesus did not address racial issues, but rather, focused on principles of living worthy lives and having faith.
According to current federal law, institutions of worship are not permitted to endorse specific candidates for office. The IRS states:
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.
Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.
On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.
What did the pastor mean by “captains of the religious right?” Was he engaging in “prohibited participation or intervention?”
Obama has insisted that he is a Christian but attended a church which failed to preach the most basic tenet of the Christian faith on the most significant day of the Christian calendar, Easter Sunday: “Christ is risen!”
The Easter message is about Christians’ belief in salvation, not in political ideology. There were many other churches in Washington, DC which were preaching about the resurrection for believers where the Obamas could have gone had they wished to do so.
Pope Francis’s message during Mass on Easter Sunday stated, in part:
“Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for all, and for everyone, but the power of the Resurrection, this passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must be accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our everyday lives. How many deserts, even today, do human beings need to cross! Above all, the desert within, when we have no love for God or neighbour, when we fail to realize that we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us and continues to give us. God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14).”
The Obamas’ church in Chicago was led by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who asked G-d to “damn America.” Obama later denied having heard Wright’s fiery and arguably anti-American sermons.
The disciple Matthew warned of “false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”