The White House is facing criticism for their decision to invite the Rev. Al Sharpton to the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, while excluding top leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Dozens of Christian leaders from around the nation were invited to the East Room Wednesday for a time of prayer and reflection as well as remarks from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

A White House aide said the heads of major denominations and non-profit leaders were invited – including Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church and Sharon Watkins, president of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.


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