I have a close friend who is an Episcopal minister. He has many stories about the schism within the Anglican Communion. He also has many stories from his time at Yale Divinity, where there is no shortages of weirdos. This is a truth of modern divinity schools that gets missed. The selection process for clergy has been captured by multicultural cranks and despots.
He described one woman as an atheist lesbian studying the role of Christianity in the male domination of women. From what I gather, most of the students at divinity school these days are non-conforming Catholics, progressive Episcopalians and a sprinkling of bespoke lunatics. The whole scene is a riot of nonsense, with the exception of the Muslims, who stick to their studies and avoid mingling with the infidels. You can’t fault them for their ambition. It certainly looks like they are winning.
In a corner of Washington National Cathedral, several hundred Muslim worshipers and other invited guests gathered Friday afternoon for a first-ever recitation of weekly Muslim prayers at the iconic Christian sanctuary and to hear leaders of both faiths call for religious unity in the face of extremist violence and hate.
The Arabic call to prayer echoed among the vaulted stone arches and faded away, followed by an impassioned sermon from Ebrahim Rasool, a Muslim scholar who is South Africa’s ambassador to the United States. Rasool called on Muslims, Christians and others to come together and make “common cause” in the fight against extremists who appropriate Islam.
“We come to this cathedral with sensitivity and humility but keenly aware that it is not a time for platitudes, because mischief is threatening the world,” Rasool said. “The challenge for us today is to reconstitute a middle ground of good people . . . whose very existence threatens extremism.”
The event was closed to the public, and there was heavy security, with police checking every name and bag. Organizers from several area Muslim institutions said there had been concerns about security and threats after the event was publicized and that they and cathedral officials wanted to limit it to a small and selected group.
Nevertheless, the carefully scripted ceremony was marred once when one well-dressed, middle-age woman in the audience suddenly rose and began shouting that “America was founded on Christian principles. . . . Leave our church alone!” She was swiftly ushered out by security aides, and the service continued.
Numerous speakers, including cathedral officials and local Muslim leaders, echoed Rasool’s message about the urgent need for religious understanding and collaboration. Most made pointed references to the symbolism of the majestic Christian building, where rugs had been laid for prayer.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, spoke of Saint Benedict, who he said believed equally in the importance of prayer and hospitality. Marveling at the sounds of Arabic prayers, which he called “a beautiful sacred language in a beautiful sacred space,” Hall said he hoped the service would serve as the start of more efforts to work together for good.
Other speakers said they hoped the service would help correct some Americans’ misperceptions of Muslims as extremists and reinforce tolerance among faiths.
The people peddling the nonsense about “correct[ing] some Americans’ misperceptions of Muslims as extremists and reinforce tolerance among faiths” should be shipped off to Iran or Iraq so they can learn about tolerance from the Mohammedan. If they survive it, maybe they will not be so quick to inflict it on innocent Americans. There are over 50 Muslim countries. There’s no reason for these people to be here. No one in America is walking around thinking, “Man, we really need some Muslims.”
Of course, this is typical of the Episcopal faith these days. It’s barely a coherent religion and it will probably be but a memory in another generation. A religion that no longer believes it should exist is not going to exist for every long. Letting the savages overrun the premiere Episcopal church in America is perfectly symbolic of what’s happening with that religion. When the Archbishop of Canterbury wants to adopt sharia law, it’s all over but the shouting. Thomas Cranmore is spinning in his grave.