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President's Easter Sermon Critical of 'Religious Right'

Despite clouds and drizzle on Easter Sunday, the first family walked out of the White House and across Lafayette Park to attend St. John's Episcopal Church. The church has been frequented by Obama and other presidents through the years, and as is tradition, the Obamas sat in Pew 54.

Rev. Luis Leon, who participated in the inaugural ceremonies of both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, delivered a sermon about not holding on to the past. As Jesus told Mary not to hold on to the past, he preached, "you cannot go back."

He went on to say, "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 thing is, Beltway Buzz knows racism and sexism are alive and well in this country, but accusing an entire group of people of calling for "blacks to be back in the back of the bus" and "women to be back in the kitchen" is pretty extreme, especially on a day Christians celebrate the resurrection of their loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney was asked about this quote but says he wasn't there and didn't have any reaction from President Obama to share.

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