While Easter always occurs on a Sunday, this year's White House Easter breakfast was held Tuesday – and President Obama's comments during that gathering aren't sitting well with some individuals.
"On Easter I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love," the president offered. "And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned." (See AP video report to right)
Hearing "Amens" in response to that, Obama added: "But that's a topic for another day" – a remark greeted with laughter and applause.
In reaction to the president's remarks, author and Fox News reporter Todd Starnes had this to say Tuesday on American Family Radio.
"It just continues to overwhelm me, this president and his righteous indignation," said Starnes. "Have you noticed that whenever there's a Muslim holiday, he never takes that opportunity to criticize or critique the Muslim faith or Muslims in general? But whenever there's a Christian holiday, he doesn't hold back. He tells it like he thinks it is."
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who hosted Starnes on his "Washington Watch" program Tuesday afternoon broadcast, also took issue with the president's less-than-loving jab at Christians.
"This was a perfect opportunity, reflecting on the most holy day of the Christian faith, to once again point to Pastor Saeed Abedini – who is being held in an Iranian prison because of his faith – [and] to talk about the attack on the Kenyan Christians for their faith," Perkins observes.
"[But] there's a pattern here, and I know people say, Well, you are critical of the president. You'd have to be blind not to see the pattern that this administration and this president follow."
The president also took the opportunity in February – at the National Prayer Breakfast – to take a swipe at Christianity, pointing out that Christians in the past had used their faith to justify violence and cautioning today's believers not to get on their "high horse" in criticizing Islamic extremists for doing the same now.