Episcopal Church Refuses To Allow Evangelical Representation AT 9/11 Services
A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event.
“A Call to Compassion” will include an interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11. It will feature the dean of the Cathedral, the Bishop of Washington, a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.
However, Southern Baptists, representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, were not invited to participate – and neither were leaders from any evangelical Christian organization.
“It’s not surprising,” said Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “There is a tragic intolerance toward Protestants and particularly toward evangelicals and I wish the president would refuse to speak unless it was more representative.”
Richard Weinberg, the Cathedral’s director of communications, confirmed that Southern Baptists were not extended an invitation to participate.
I wanted to take a break and give you a chance to let this sink in before I print the next section. Ready?
“The goal was to have interfaith representation,” he told Fox News Radio. “The Cathedral itself is an Episcopal church and it stands to reason that our own clergy serve as Christian representatives.”
The Cathedral itself is an Episcopal church… I am wondering if they have returned the donation from other denominations such as this one from the Roman Catholics. Evidently it is only the “Nation’s Cathedral” during fund raisers.
our own clergy serve as Christian representatives… Really? Do you think he was trying to offend? Christians around the world are cringing to think that John Chane will be representing the Christian faith. You may remember these words of wisdom from Mr. Chane on Christmas Eve a few years back:
The angel Gabriel plays a very prominent part as God’s messenger to the Israelites of the Old Testament, in announcing Jesus’ birth in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and in revealing God’s teaching to the prophet Muhammad in the Koran. It is interesting, is it not, that in the three great Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, so often divided by theological interpretation and corrupting political influence, that God would send the same angel, Gabriel, to be the unifier and the intermediary between heaven and earth?
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