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January 23, 2013


National Democratic Cathedral

My friend Jeff Walton of the Institute on Religion and Democracy has an excellent piece up at the American Spectator about the Democratic Party hack buffoon who is now running the National Cathedral. You should read the whole article, but here’s the money quote:

Despite having freshly arrived from a failed seminary and a parish that by Evangelical or Roman Catholic standards would be viewed as somewhat small, [Gary] Hall clearly has feelings of grandeur about his new office, seeing the National Cathedral as the center of American religious life.

Previous generations of liberal Episcopal clergy often spoke in layers of obfuscation; discovering the heretical teaching buried in their writing and preaching required hours of decoding. Hall represents a younger generation of liberal Episcopalians who resemble nothing so much as Unitarian Universalists decked out in stoles and surplices; they are quick to denounce those who advocate historic Christian teaching—especially moral teaching—as intolerant perpetrators of injustice who must be silenced.


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The new religion of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (and indeed of TEC writ large) was fully on display at the Inaugural Prayer Service yesterday.  It’s worth looking at the entire program (available here , where such gems as this can be found: 

INVITATION TO PRAYER
Dr. Abdullah M. Khouj
President and Imam, Islamic Center, Washington, District of Columbia

Adhaan – The Call to Prayer
Traditional

Translated from Arabic: Allah is the greatest. I bear witness that there is no diety but Allah. I bear witness that Muhammed
is the messenger of Allah. Come to prayer. Come to your good. Allah is the greatest. There is no deity but Allah.

The lesbian head of the Metropolitan Community Church read the first lesson.  Naturally, the Presiding Bishop of TEC also played a prominent role.

[1] Posted by Pigeon on 1-23-2013 at 03:28 PM · [top]

I still think AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” is the best choice for a TEC anthem, but I must admit that using Darth Vader’s theme, aka The Imperial Death March, for a processional is right up there in the running.  After all, the National Democrat Cathedral (you do mean Democrat and nor Democratic, don’t you) already has a Darth Vader gargoyle (if it didn’t fall off during the earthquake).

[2] Posted by Daniel on 1-23-2013 at 04:09 PM · [top]

Sad but not surprising. I wonder what will happen, though, if Dean Hall’s comments and political activity affect the National Cathedral’s fundraising campaigns, especially as they continue repairing damage caused by the August 2011 earthquake.

[3] Posted by the virginian on 1-23-2013 at 04:17 PM · [top]

In fairness:  as I re-read the program, it’s not a total freak show in the same way as, say, recent services to consecrate Episcopal bishops.  The overt tokenism and political correctness were more objectionable than the actual text of the service.

There were no “smudgers” and no outright invocation of pagan deities, for example, as there were at KJS’s installation.  That might have been a bridge too far for the C-SPAN audience (not to mention for the Orthodox and Catholic archbishops in attendance).

[4] Posted by Pigeon on 1-23-2013 at 04:37 PM · [top]

Would it be a sin to ponder another (and larger) earthquake?  I suppose so….

[5] Posted by midwestnorwegian on 1-23-2013 at 05:22 PM · [top]

#3 I think this outwardly leftist political advocacy will hurt fund raising.  Lefties generally don’t give to religious causes, even if they’re fellow travelers. 

He’ll get praise from the WaPo no doubt, but they won’t be writing any checks.

[6] Posted by Bill2 on 1-23-2013 at 05:51 PM · [top]

#5, yes. Be careful what you pray for. The last one also damaged Grace Church in Charleston.

Obviously, it was a warning shot.

But with what’s going on at Nat Cat, and with what’s planned for Grace Church this weekend, I suspect that TEC would want to check its insurance policies (both temporal and eternal).

[7] Posted by Ralph on 1-23-2013 at 05:54 PM · [top]

Don’t forget about the tornado that hit the ELCA convention at the exact same time they were considering approving homosexual clergy (tearing the steeple and cross off the adjacent ELCA church).  They ignored the warning.

[8] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 1-23-2013 at 06:40 PM · [top]

Reading the program is illuminating:  Thank you Pidgeon (#1) for the link.  There are no references to Jesus apart from the Scripture lessons and the introduction to the Lord’s Prayer.  They even sanitized the two verses they took from Patrick’s Breastplate to say “God be with me,” instead of “Christ be with me.” 

Although it is perfectly all right for the Imam to give an Invitation to Prayer that says “Muhammed is the messenger of Allah,” none of the prayers by Christian ministers are offered in the name of Jesus, including the one by Katharine Jefferts Schori (no surprise, really).  (Why is it ALWAYS the Christians who are supposed to eliminate references to Jesus in their prayers, while no one else is expected to eliminate the distinctives of their religion?)

I suppose that Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Demetrios thought they just had to participate because it was “the place to be seen,”  but this is what syncretism looks like.  Well, at least it was a fitting tribute to this President.

[9] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 1-23-2013 at 11:19 PM · [top]

Sigh….....be it far from me dear Lord God to suggest that You might have made a mistake, but the August 2011 earthquake really wasn’t really all that strong….....

[10] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 1-24-2013 at 08:50 AM · [top]

Maybe when they repair the earthquake damage they can install a minaret or two in place of the damaged spires.

[11] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 1-24-2013 at 09:02 AM · [top]

We once gave a brick to the National Cathedral in honor of an anniversary.  I want it back!!

[12] Posted by Ann Castro on 1-24-2013 at 09:15 AM · [top]

Ann, wouldn’t it be interesting to watch if, when you took your brick back, the whole place toppled like a house of cards?

[13] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 1-24-2013 at 11:24 AM · [top]

I live about 15 miles from the National Cathedral, so I’d just as soon not have another earthquake to deal with anytime soon. However, there needs to be shaking of some kind to bring Dean Hall, Bishop Budde and company to their senses, and to repentance.

[14] Posted by the virginian on 1-24-2013 at 03:29 PM · [top]

So Canon Buffoon Hall was at Diane Feinstein’s 1/24 press conference announcing her new gun ban legislation, and he offered an opening prayer in which he intimated that you can’t be a good person (I don’t think he said good Christian) if you don’t support the President’s gun confiscation “sensible/common sense” control program.

[15] Posted by Daniel on 1-25-2013 at 08:03 AM · [top]

How in the HECK do idiots like this end up in these positions?

[16] Posted by B. Hunter on 1-28-2013 at 02:14 PM · [top]

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