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The politics of Easter

While billions of Christians around the world celebrated Easter Sunday, the holiday did not pass in this country without political controversy.

President Obama and his family attended an Easter service yesterday where the pastor took a jab at those on the religious right. During his sermon Dr. Luis Leon is reported as saying, “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 on their side of the border.” I suppose politics cannot be set aside on even our most sacred of Holy days.

Then we have Google under fire for choosing to display a picture of Cesar Chavez yesterday on the homepage of its search engine, rather than anything related to Jesus or the resurrection. Many people were outraged by the decision to honor the leftist icon while seemingly ignoring a religious icon celebrated by billions worldwide.

Some people also found it in poor taste that Democrat organizations like Obama's Organizing for Action and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would send out fundraising emails on Easter Sunday. The one from the DCCC, which was written by Nancy Pelosi, didn't even bother to acknowledge Easter.

Then there was the Easter Egg Roll, which took place earlier today on the White House lawn. Thousands of people gathered along with professional athletes, famous actors, politicians and their families. While the event is largely funded by private donations, the spectacle of famous folks and their families celebrating on the White House lawn still seems in poor taste, considering the Obama administration's political decision to close the White House for tours for the rest of America and their families.