Thomas Cranmore is Spinning in His Grave

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.

9 thoughts on “Thomas Cranmore is Spinning in His Grave

  1. Hi Z-man–

    A mild historical correction: the name of the Anglican archbishop in question is Thomas Cranmer, not Cranmore. I’m surprised that none of your Anglican/Episcopalian readers have noted the error.

  2. Hey, now that’s a right stand-up thing to do! Thanks much. You’re a — well, I don’t know if I want to say a gentleman, but you’re okay in my book. 🙂 Keep on truckin’.

  3. Thanks for your reply about the photo. I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but I thought it’s very interesting that you’d take an image watermark more seriously than the copyright notice that’s posted on the page. After all, anyone could watermark the photo with their own name just as easily as they could upload the image under their own name. (I have registered the photo with the U.S. Copyright Office, which is about as definitive as it gets, so if push comes to shove I’m not worried about proving my case.)

    Anyway: I’m sorry that you took the post down. I like it that people are using this picture all over the political spectrum. I just wanted to get credit for my work. Take care and be well.

    • Well, I think the way you are going about it is stupid and irritating, but it’s your life. I added a credit and reloaded the post. Just know that I contemplated several alternatives that you would have liked a helluva lot less than this one. Not everyone you pester is going to be so restrained.

  4. Unfortunately, in Western democracies, Christianity in general has become soft and flabby, allowing progressive ideas to slowly infect and weaken it. Combine this with a political system/religion called Islam that is on its latest jihad, with it’s stated goal to destroy Western civilization, and you have a recipe for disaster. And for some reason, our elitist governments can’t bring more Moslems in fast enough.

    The woman who interrupted the Moslem prayer service was not a heckler, as she was characterized in the news, but a very brave person to stand up in their midst and say what she did. I wonder how she was able to get in, as security was very tight and those in attendance were there by invitation only.

  5. The former Archbishop of Canterbury may well have thought that as Jewish law was allowed within the realm of English law (sorry, Brussels law, naughty me for forgetting) then other similar laws ought to have their place too. If muslims wish to say divorce by the rules of their society — and God knows it is not British society — then they can. I think even Williams may well be ware (as Christians are routinely butchered in Islamic dumps) that Sharia is appalling but in the spirit of trying to be modern he opened his mouth a little too carelessly.

    Still, loose words come easy to the modern man and there is apparently no consequence to be faced for such rash ideas.

    Incidentally Peltast, the ‘pagan’ ideas weren’t quite wiped out following the Romans. Quite a few people in the British Isles still think the old Celtic and Norse gods and those quaint Druidic practices weren’t all as bad as advertised. It may not be the state-approved religion today but as no one has proved there is only one God or lots of gods then the jury is still out.

  6. I alwasy wondered how the “pagans” felt whem the Christians took over the Roman Empire in the 4th century.

    • Tim, I’m not editing six month old posts. You can stop pestering me about this now. Thanks.

      Having thought about it, that was unnecessarily terse. Look. I have no idea who you are or if you’re the source of the photo. I got it from this page and your name is nowhere on it. You may be the guy who took the pic, but I have no way of knowing that.

      That’s the problem with loading pic on a site like Flickr without a watermark or your name embedded in the image. They can get copied a million times in an hour. My suggestion is you start adding watermarks to your pics and you don’t have to nag blogger like me when one of your pics gets used.

      I took down the post in question as it is six months old. The issue is now closed.

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