Obama Snubs Easter, Signs & Portents Follow

Really, Mr. President, really?

Your White House issues a letter recognizing every major Muslim feast day, scads of other religious, secular and cause-related occasions, and stays completely silent on Easter?

By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.

The White House  . . . did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president’s weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.

… In 2010, Obama was criticized for releasing an all-inclusive Easter greeting. He reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all in a statement about a holiday that is uniquely Christian.

Keith Koffler notes: “Last week, the President released a Passover greeting this month that compared the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt to the Arab political awakening this year, which would be a beautiful thing if most Arabs didn’t seek Israel’s destruction.”

This really puts the lie to the Kmiec claim that our current President is especially sensitive to the importance of “religious dialogue.” When it comes to religious issues, he apparently prefers a monologue where all religions have a place – except, that is, biblical Christianity. I mean, if the President is half a Christian wouldn’t he make the slightest effort to ensure that Easter is not the single yearly religious day that isn’t mentioned?!

Yesterday, on Easter night, a wild storm hit DC. Eddie Kohan documented it:

Tonight was actually a warm, still Easter evening in Washington–until all of a sudden, it wasn’t. I shot these at about 8:30 PM.

A storm rapidly materialized in the Southern sky, and swept from the National Mall toward the White House. Instantly, there seemed to be lightning bolts dropping out of the heavens all around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue–and the wind kicked up dramatically.

A spectacular downpour started as the lightning built, with no preliminary drops; one moment it was dry, the next there was a gushing, blowing, massive water dump.

At least one of the lightning bolts hit the White House, apparently.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be particularly excited to have lightning strike my house on the day I decided to publicly ignore the most important Christian feast there is. Really.



  • enness

    Am I the only one who got the sense there might have been a touch of facetiousness here? Oh well…new reader…maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about.

  • tjm

    nice to see so many fake Catholics posting here. Cardinal Burke calls the Democratic Party the Party of Death. He’s right and all of the fake Catholics posting here are wrong. They would have loved Hitler because he was for the “minimum wage” while shoving the Jewish people in the furnaces.

    • Brandon

      Can you explain who you are refering to?

      I do not support Obama or any pro-choice or same-sex marriage candidate or official. But my disagreement with the post is not on the character of obama but on the historical fact of whether or not he said anything about Easter.

      If someone said that Hitler cut off the toes of everyone he met and made a hat of them and you said that there is no evidence of that- your defense of historical fact is not the defense of hitler as a person.

      I have seen lots of people get upset on this post by people defending historical facts; they get throne into talk on abortion and gay marriage. I am not disputing those things. They are unacceptable and the President should know better. I am not supporting Obama either. It has nothing to do with him as a person. It has to do with historical fact: did he or did he not say anything about Easter (in the Christian manner).

      As we have seen, he did at the Easter prayer breakfast. Does that change the fact he is pro-choise? No. Does that change the fact that he is pro gaymarriage? No. Does it make things better? I don’t think so. Did he believe in what he said at the Easter breakfast? God can only know the truth of that but I would say he does not live by them. Do I think that any Catholic should support him or vote for him? No.

      I loved my philosophy and theology training at the undergrad and grad level (Franciscan!!!!). One thing I loved was a class on logical thinking. We learned how to debate. Many people from this post get caught up in the values of Obama (which is fine but not the topic). The argument is on historical data. We learned in that class that when dealing with issues so emotionally charged it is easy for people to have difficulty staying focused. Although it hurts the debate it does show that the topic is important to them and they are passionate about it. But we must remember this is not about voting, it is not about supporting Obama, its not about policitical parties. It is about historical data. Everything else has its place and is important but the topic is on what did and did not happen.

      I was so hurt by Thomas when I read this that I thought I would never read his blog again. I didn’t like the fact that something I, as an amateur blogger, found reported on many online Catholic websites was not known by him. That he was so unaware of Obama’s comments about the death of Christ. Thomas is one of the most popular bloggers and that was my struggler with it. For me truth is truth and needs to be defended. Even historical truth. Through prayer I realize that I mess up too and that I sin. And I am guessing that Thomas does too. No person, no blogger, will be able to be aware of everything. So for me, I am no longer upset with the post. What has driven me mad is the lack of logical thinking in the debate. I understand not everyone has had the training but remember what I have said this entire time: we are not arguing his character or values of his horrible position on things- we are on your side (at least I am). We are arguing the events of history and whether or not something did or didn’t happen.

      • GREG SMITH

        Dear Brandon: In point of fact, President Obama does not support same gender marriage. He suports civil unions and has stated recently that he is “wrestling” with the issue of marriage. Best regards Greg Smith

        • Brandon

          Yes that is his public statement and I stand corrected. I have often wonder if that is a politically neutral decision to make because of all his promises he made to the LGBT during the campaign. I can only guess but never know.

          Thank you for correcting me in my lack of precision in my terminology.

  • greg smith

    FOR THE RECORD: FACT: The President did not ignore Easter. He marked it appropriately as the main Christian holiday FACT: Thomas didn’t lie , rather, he rushed in to print without checking his facts. Given all the critisism here,I expect he’ll be more careful in the future. That is all!

    • TrueCatholic

      Greg, I appreciate your summary but even giving Thomas the benefit of the doubt (“he rushed to print without checking his facts”) – which by the way is very kind of you – now that he knows his post to be untrue one would think he would address that issue and make the necessary correction. The fact of the matter is that Thomas has done this sort of thing before (not checking his facts and/or ignoring the truth once it is pointed out to him) and has done nothing to correct the situation. Thomas has a good blog and I believe is a sincere believer but shoddy reporting does nothing to advance the causes of our Faith.

      • Davide

        If thomas has such “shoddy reporting” why do you keep returning? I would never read from a shoddy reporter..I have the feeling Thomas is busy with his personal life at the moment to care much about his “shoddy” post..considering he has been pretty much silent the last few days. Anyways I think it’s all fine. Thanks

  • Joi Bernard

    Now for the lighter side of this argument, did anyone notice that the lightning strike actually looks like a side profile of a man’s face – eyes, nose, mouth, shin, neck etc.

    • davide

      Do Not say this Joi…people will accuse you of saying its a portrait of Muhammad or something….it is only a lightning bolt that happen to hit the house of the American President that might/might not have totally ignored Easter on Easter…has nothing to do with peoples faces just a freak act of nature….and perhaps the will of God..just saying….

  • Bill C

    He didn’t snub Easter. He didn’t “stay completely silent.” He held an Easter Prayer breakfast. He spoke of the importance of his Christian faith.

    “But then comes Holy Week. The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.

    “And we’re reminded that… in that moment, he took on the sins of the world — past, present and future — and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.

    “In the words of the book Isaiah: ‘But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.’

    “This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this ‘Amazing Grace’ calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior.”

    And on Easter itself he went to church (something Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush rarely did).

    So, why did FAUX news lie about this?

    • Curious

      Yes Bill, he went to church. He went to another Rev. Wright look alike church that preaches hatred and Anti-American homilies. They preach homilies that places themselves more important than God and ones that say they use God to get what they want in his life. Just the kind of church that teaches love, not so much. It is a church with a minister and congregation that focuses on hatred and hatred of America. Even the democrats were scrambling and floundering with reasons as to why Obama did this, and of all times on Easter Sunday.

      God bless

      • brandon


        Really? Can you show me the proof that he even went to church? Can you then show me the proof that the church has a record of acting as you state? I am not pro-obama at all but I am pro-logic. If you have the evidence for your claims, I will support them and tell others.

        • Curious

          Brandon, You may not be familiar with my posts, but they are true with facts. Please do not just believe me though, but instead educate yourself so that you believe in your educated reasoning. Obama did attend church at Shiloh Baptist Church in D.C. Easter Sunday at the 10 AM services with the Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith. Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith teaches racism from the pulpit, which by the way was refereed to by a black democrat Reverend as, “Traditional black church teaching”. Yes, that is the way he spun this. Rev. Wallace has a very questionable past and has been recorded in full support of Rev. Wright and his preaching Anit-American homilies from his pulpit. During his Easter homily, he interjected race again with the President sitting in the pew nodding a “yes” headshake. “ As the first family sat in their pew, Smith did not hold back during his sermon. He talked about his baby grandson who was trying, the pastor posited, to say his first words: “I am here. … They tried to write me off as three-fifths of a person in the Constitution, but I am here right now. … I am not going to let anybody stop me from being what God wants me to be.” The three-fifths reference is to the constitutional mandate of counting each slave as three-fifths of a person for purposes of representation in the U.S. House. That, of course, was rendered obsolete with the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, but apparently Smith holds a grudge.” Free Republic
          By the way, you don’t know what race I am. I AM NOT A RACIST. The Roman Catholic Church I attend is multi-racial with Mixed Races, Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, Whites, and any other races I have (not intentionally) left out. Our priests HAVE NEVER taught or preached racism from the pulpit nor off of the pulpit. Has yours? They have NEVER tried to divide God’s children by race. Both of our priests, (one from Korea), have taught us from the Gospel and the Catechist with fire and brim stone. Their Homilies are on fire with the Holy Spirit, and they don’t hesitate to share with us when man made morals are WRONG! They teach us how to LOVE God on God’s terms, not man’s terms. At the end of the mass, many of us join hands to read a prayer together against racism and for unity as God’s children. Obama’s choice as his 20 year minister, Wright, and now this minister for Easter Sunday do not teach the same LOVE of God. They teach love of man first. I don’t question or judge Obama’s soul, that is God’s place, but we are called to judge all people’s actions and words so that we stay on a straight path to God and NOT BE MISGUIDED by many. Here is a link, but please do your own research. I strongly encourage it to everyone. God bless.


          • Francis

            Curious: To put the reverend’s remarks into context, you might want to include that the particular parish was started in 1863 by FREED SLAVES! That might have something to do with his focus on his grandson’s status. You might also include that one reverend said “We are here, first and foremost, to worship God” in order to address photographers, etc. Your post might be “true with facts” but it’s also a fact that it says in the Bible “There is no God”. In order for that fact to have its full meaning, you have to include the whole picture: It says in the Bible “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God'”. Context is everything.

          • Francis

            In addition, I knew Jonathan Seidl, the author of that “Blaze” article, from high school. He was not Catholic at that time, and I would be very surprised if he were Catholic now. He made his anti-catholic sentiments known to me in high school.

          • Curious

            Being in a church created by freed slaves has NOTHING to do with the context of the HOLIEST day of the year. The CONTEXT of the mass was EASTER. Again, my priests did not preach racism from the pulpit on Easter or any other day. If your spin is that it is okay to preach that because it was in a black church, then you need to re-examine the context of the Mass and Eucharist. It was the reverend that failed to complete the context of his sermon with the complete truth, 3/5′ was rendered obsolete with the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865. And….this is not his first show at the rodoe he leads. He has preached racism in the past. Context Francis YES!!!! The context of the Easter Mass was Jesus’ Resurrection. It seems to me the you and the Rev. have forgotten that.
            God Bless

    • Brandon

      Thanks Bill C for stating it. I already had but mine was so disliked it was hidden.



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