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The -- say in that sermon by the reverend -- -- saying.
I hear all the time the expression the good old days well the good old days we forget they have been good for some but they weren't good for everybody.
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 -- their side of the border.
Ralph Reed is the founder and chairman of the faith and freedom coalition trying to sexy Ralph.
Good to be really Greta.
Reference usually think -- the pastor's words.
Well you -- -- -- -- detail I'm surprised but I'm -- not.
If you look at these so called main line I would columns sidelined denominations.
They've really been shrinking in both size and proportion of the faithful in the United States.
For the better part of four decades they -- to represent.
Of America's adult population.
It's now declined to 15% in the reason why.
Can be summed up in this episode you take the most sacred.
-- day on the Christian calendar.
-- DA where you're really supposed to be conveying the greatest story ever told.
About the only man who ever lived on this earth without -- The greatest man who ever lived.
His life his ministry.
His death his crucifixion and then his resurrection.
And the fact that people can find forgiveness.
Further -- Through their faith in him and to take that -- and turned into a platform.
To score cheap political points and to draw such an ugly caricature.
Of one's fellow co religion -- I mean these are his Brothers and sisters in Christ.
Even if he doesn't share their political views I think is really sad it's unfortunate.
And I think you showed disrespect not only for forty million Americans.
But for the occupant of the highest office in the land he was in the congregation.
I biggest sit and Puerto not a lot of people may not be familiar -- Washington DC this is the church that is a half a block from the White House it's still a lot be it park.
And then there's the church and presidents from both sides of the aisle have been attending this church for.
For an awful long time mean this is that.
This is that I guess I don't know how to start but president rather well known church here in town do you know this pastor never heard of -- before.
I've heard -- him he traded George W Bush's inaugural I don't know him personally but you know Greta you're exactly right saint John's episcopal church in Washington.
It is really hallowed ground in the religious and cultural traditions of our country this is the the place were traditionally.
Up for a private prayer services held prior to the inaugural of every president.
And down you know I think the thing that's so offensive about it.
Is it's often those of us who are conservative people of faith -- were accused of politicizing the gospel I would argue unfairly.
And and here again was I an Easter sermon that was turned into.
Really an attack.
On other Americans and on other Christians.
And the things that were said were so -- true to suggest that conservative people of faith wanna go back to Jim Crow -- the days of segregation.
Wouldn't factor racial reconciliation.
Has been one of their priorities.
To argue that they want women to be second class citizens again.
When it was really evangelicals.
Grad and specifically evangelical women.
Like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.
Anthony who fought to give women the right to vote.
This was a very ugly and offensive thing to say about people saying.
Well there's no indication that President Obama knew anything about his sermon before he went in there.
I'm curious -- do you think that the pastor took just a full opportunity.
Knowing that -- be a spotlight because it's a -- United States and there on Easter Sunday is that why do you think this is probably.
-- -- rather common sermon for him.
Well I think that and of course I can't know.
Passed away on this heart or his minder is intention but it doesn't seem coincidental the main.
That this occurred the week could be arguing it would be the marriage cases before the Supreme Court.
Because it's part of this drumbeat that we're hearing Greta throughout.
Our culture and especially among the opinion only it's if you support traditional marriage.
You're a big get.
If you believe in reforming welfare you're -- racist.
If you believe in the importance of the family is the most important department of health education and welfare ever conceived.
Then you want -- put women back in the kitchen.
And and what it shows is the desperation.
Of those who can't win based on facts and the argument and so they engage in smearing and and cat calling.
And drawing ugly caricatures and you know last week when congressman Don Young of of Alaska used a term referring to Hispanics.
There was derogatory.
Immediately speaker Boehner condemned it -- previous the chairman of the RNC condemned it.
But but today.
The White House refused to distance the president from these remarks.
And I call on the president tonight not just through a spokesman.
-- -- -- statement issued over his name to make it clear that these things that were -- -- his presidency not only doesn't agree with them.
But he finds them deeply offensive.
I'm glad that's what the question west of viewers in a second but I'm scared man but.
Point three seconds left so you think that the president having been -- and -- and not on the sermon was coming of course but having sex in this Aaron because of his position is job.
Should now make a comment about it.
Well -- there he's being asked about it and he's gonna continue to be asked about it -- -- Ed Henry with Fox News asked Jay Carney about it.
The president will be asked about it I think it's entirely appropriate and would be well within.
Just say listen I have nothing to do this I was there -- -- my family I don't agree with it and I don't think most Americans agree with it.
What do you think the past should do just -- it go already think he should say some than I guess that he probably is not gonna back down from his statement but in terms of the appropriateness of making a statement on Easter Sunday in church.
Well you know I I think he should apologize.
For the inaccuracy of the remarks VD a historical and on historical charges that he's leveled against conservative evangelicals and and other -- -- us but.
At a minimum I don't think he should use an Easter -- Sunday sermon as a platform to make cheap political attacks on other Americans.
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