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Obama hears Easter sermon targeting `religious right'

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WASHINGTON -

The first family has heard a pointed Easter sermon at an Episcopal church near the White House.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia made the short walk across Lafayette Park to St. John's Church, where the pastor used part of his sermon to bash religious conservatives.

The Rev. Luis Leon accused leaders of what he called "the religious right" of calling "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."

Leon suggested that the risen Christ wants people to embrace change instead of longing for "the good old days."

The president appeared to enjoy the service, singing enthusiastically, partaking in Communion and wishing bystanders a "Happy Easter" as he and his family walked back to the White House beneath umbrellas in a light rain.

Leon, whose Episcopal denomination accepts gay marriage and clergy, delivered the prayer at Obama's January inauguration in place of the Rev. Louie Giglio, an evangelical who was found to have preached against homosexuality in the 1990s.

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