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A Political Easter at Church of the Presidents

April 5, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Last Easter Sunday President Obama and his family attended St. John’s Episcopal Church across Lafayette Square as he has in the past, and as have many presidents dating back to…


Jesus Had the Roughest Week (But It Ended Well)

April 3, 2013

IRD Senior Fellow Alan Wisdom with IRD President Mark Tooley By Alan F.H. Wisdom (follow on Twitter) Last week online was tough for me. With the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases…


Tooley: Ambitious Pastor Took ‘Cheap Shots’ at Religious Right

April 3, 2013

By Charlie Butts and Jody [Editors note: This article originally appeared on the Instant Analysis website, quoting an interview with Mark Tooley.] The Episcopal priest who brought politics to the pulpit on Easter Sunday is being…


Politicizing Easter at Church of the Presidents

March 31, 2013

By Mark Tooley @markdtooley It’s sad when clergy egregiously politicize worship, especially on an important holy day at an historic church that used to symbolize non partisan unity. But the Episcopal clergy Luis Leon…


Inaugural Prayer Controversies

January 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) American civil religion is always exemplified in presidential inaugurals. Typically the selection of clergy for inaugural prayers has not been controversial. But amid culture war of recent years and secularization…


CNN: Inaugural Committee Taps Episcopal Priest for Inaugural Prayer

January 16, 2013

Following ABC News’ report last week that Evangelical Pastor Louis Giglio had withdrawn from the inaugural ceremony, CNN has reported that the Rev. Luis León of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square will be…