A Political Easter at Church of the Presidents

by (@TheIRD) 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 James Monroe. The clergy there across 200 years have usually been careful not to get political, welcoming across partisan divides, and […]

Jesus Had the Roughest Week (But It Ended Well)

by (@markdtooley) 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 being argued before the Supreme Court, there were tons of postings about same-sex marriage (SSM): large numbers declaring themselves for SSM, […]

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

by (@TheIRD) 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 accused of taking “cheap shots” at conservative Christians in a Washington, DC, venue while the First Family was in attendance. St. […]

Politicizing Easter at Church of the Presidents

by (@markdtooley) 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 at St. John’s Episcopal Church next to the White House, known as the church of the presidents, discharged some cheap shots […]

Inaugural Prayer Controversies

by (@TheIRD) 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 of America’s elites, plus the implosion of once predominant Mainline Protestantism in favor of evangelicals, inaugurations have more recently showcased the […]

CNN: Inaugural Committee Taps Episcopal Priest for Inaugural Prayer

by (@JeffreyHWalton) 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Following ABC News’ report last week that Evangelical Pastor Louis Giglio had withdrawn from the inaugural ceremony, CNN has reported that the Rev.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 offering the benediction. León previously offered an opening prayer at the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush. The first family […]