The War Against Christianity: Battleground: The National Cathedral

gay marriageAs all Americans are aware, one of the hot button issues for the Democratic Party and the Obama Administration, has been the “issue” of Gay Rights. At the forefront of their push is the normalization of gay marriage.

And now, their push has led  to the involvement of our nation’s National Cathedral.

Here is the history of the sixth largest cathedral in the world, courtesy of the National Parks Service:

On January 4, 1792, descriptions from President Washington’s disclosed plan for the “City of Washington, in the district of Columbia” were published in The Gazette of the United States, Philadelphia. Lot “D” was set aside and designated for “A church intended for national purposes, …, assigned to the special use of no particular sect or denomination, but equally open to all.” The National Portrait Gallery now occupies that site. A century later in 1891, a meeting was held to revive plans to build the church intended for national purposes. It was to be a Christian cathedral.

In 1893 the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia was granted a charter from Congress to establish the cathedral and the site on Mount Saint Albans was chosen. Bishop Satterlee chose Frederick Bodley, England’s leading Anglican church architect, as the head architect. Henry Vaughan was selected to be the supervising architect. The building of the cathedral finally started in 1907 with a ceremonial address by President Theodore Roosevelt. When construction of the cathedral resumed after a brief hiatus for World War I, both Bodley and Vaughan had passed away; American architect Philip Hubert Frohman took over the design of the cathedral and is known as the principal architect. The Cathedral has been the location of many significant events, including the funeral services of Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower. Its pulpit was the last one from which Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke prior to his assassination. The Cathedral is the burial place of many notable people, including Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Admiral George Dewey, Bishop Satterlee and the architects Henry Vaughan and Philip Frohman.

ABC News reported that

The wedding bells will chime in the 106-year-old Washington National Cathedral as Rev. Gary Hall affirmed that, effective immediately, same-sex weddings may be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in the northwest quadrant of Washington D.C.

The National Cathedral has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors and held both celebrations and funerals for U.S. presidents past.

In August 2012, the church approved the ceremonial use of a rite adapted from an existing blessing ceremony to acknowledge same-sex marriage. The Episcopal Church will be among the first to recognize marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples.

“For more than 30 years, the Episcopal Church has prayed and studied to discern the evidence of God’s blessing in the lives of same-sex couples,” Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral said. “We enthusiastically affirm each person as a beloved child of God—and doing so means including the full participation of gays and lesbians in the life of this spiritual home for the nation.”

The District of Columbia and Maryland (as well as eight other states) have adopted the legality of civil marriage for same-sex couples. The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, whose Episcopal Diocese of Washington includes D.C. as well as four counties in Maryland, decided this December to follow suit expanding the sacrament of marriage to same-sex couples in her diocese as well.

But the decision to institute the same-sex rite at the Washington National Cathedral was ultimately made by Hall who serves as the Cathedral’s dean.

“In my 35 years of ordained ministry, some of the most personally inspiring work I have witnessed has been among gay and lesbian communities where I have served.”

Hall continued, “I consider it a great honor to lead this Cathedral as it takes another historic step toward greater equality—and I am pleased that this step follows the results made clear in this past November’s election, when three states voted to allow same-sex marriage.”

The same-sex weddings that will be conducted at the Cathedral will fulfill the same role as Christian marriages. Eligibility to marry in the National Cathedral follows the protocol of the Christian faith.

At least one of the members in the couple must have been baptized and the couple must be active, contributing members of the congregation unless otherwise specified by the dean.

Another one of our nation’s symbolic structures, the Chapel at West Point Academy,  is already hosting gay marriages.

Additionally, on December 7th, 2012, USA Today reported

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up the explosive issue of same-sex marriage, thrusting itself into a policy debate that has divided federal and state governments and courts, as well as voters in nearly 40 states.

The high court’s long-awaited decisions to hear challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage move the issue to the top of the national agenda following a year in which advocates scored major legal and political victories.

The court likely will hear the cases in March and rule by late June on a series of questions, potentially including one of the most basic: Can states ban gay marriage, or does the Constitution protect that right for all couples? It also will decide whether gay and lesbian married couples can be denied federal benefits received by opposite-sex spouses.

As all this is happening, the majority of “national” polls tell us that around 53% of Americans approve of Adam and Steve getting hitched.

However, you know what puzzles me? 

If that’s true, shouldn’t the majority of Americans have voted for it in previous state elections?

Instead, 41 states do not recognize gay marriages. Gays can only legally reside as husband and…err…husband, or wife and…ummm…wife in only 9 states.

Even California, a bastion of Liberal ideology, voted it down, only to have a Liberal judge overturn the voters’ decision.

First West Point, now the National Cathedral. I see a pattern of Political Propaganda and Government-backed and forced, secular Liberal ideology growing here.

Reminds me of Obamacare…and, we all know how that turned out.

Until He Comes,

KJ

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6 Responses to “The War Against Christianity: Battleground: The National Cathedral”

  1. Invisible Mikey Says:

    Sometimes it takes a long time for people’s attitudes to change, even when they support a wrong idea. Millions of Americans were willing to die in support of keeping slavery legal, even after the rest of the developed world had recognized it was wrong. Though not all who oppose marriage equality are bigots, some certainly are. Some who disagree defend their position on the basis of their interpretation of scripture, which members of other Christian sects hold different opinions about.

    It’s interesting you bring up the National Cathedral, which despite the term “national”, is still an Episcopal church. They get to perform whatever ceremonies they approve of in their own big building. The term is used because it’s located in the nation’s capital. I’m sure you realize that by Constitutional law we can’t establish a national church.

    The Protestant Episcopal church’s position since it’s founding is to decide all great matters using a triangle of three sources they consider of coequal importance; scripture, tradition and reason. They have ordained women for decades, and gays and lesbians are not barred from either marriage or holding church office.

    • kingsjester Says:

      The statement that it’s a “wrong idea” is your opinion. Homosexuality is a sexual preference. it is not a Race. Comparing “Gay Rights” to Civil Rights” is a Strawman argument and does a disservice to those who fought and died to achieve their Civil Rights. The point I was making, that you intentionally missed, is the symbolism of holding Homosexual Unions, in two buildings that represent “Traditional American Values”. What the Episcopal Church does is their business. There’s a reason why they are losing members, right and left.

      By the way, if Homosexuality is a race, would you please cite and provide links to the proof? Thank you.

      • Invisible Mikey Says:

        I didn’t say gays and lesbians were a “race”. Of course the whole idea of there being races is a nonsensical concept. There are cultures, but no differences in our species. The only race is humans, homo sapiens.

        It’s wrong because there is no logical or compassionate reason to forbid consenting adults who want to adopt the legal title “married” (yes, it’s legal before religious – you don’t have to be religious to get married) from doing so, no matter what their choice of how to perform sex is.

        Since not all people who can marry are even physically capable of having sex, sexual orientations and preferences should not be a determining factor in who is allowed to marry.

  2. Axe Says:

    Or, marriage has a biological basis, and forcing the entire population, as a matter of law, to extend to homosexual partners any rights or privileges they extend to actual married couples is irrational and unwise, as irrational and unwise as presupposing men might own men as property. Biology, physiology, and psychiatry all take a hit, and sociology dies before it can even walk. Nothing good seems to come from writing fictions into law.

    It’s not people wrongly believing that Christianity is hedonistic and that there are no sexual sins that bothers me about all this. God isn’t going anywhere, and anyone that wants his opinion has access to it. It’s some people’s inability to recognize such an obvious sexual dysfunction that makes me want to check the doors. People seem to be losing the ability to reason. Has it always been this bad? The only sexual dysfunction is abstinence, which is bad; people emotionally isolated from the opposite sex is good; making positive judgements is making no judgements at all, and that’s somehow good; making negative judgements is simply making judgements, which is always bad; — closer to topic, having a tepid religious belief that doesn’t take your attention away from the world’s projects is good; having a religious belief that shows up in your manner of living is bad — terrible, in fact — you are a fanatic. And reason is nothing more than reading some arbitrary truth off the current truth poster, or parroting whatever today’s peer pressure is pushing.

    We could have tackled the hypocrisy in the church: if the man’s sexuality was truly broken, we could have loved the man and apologized for being cold to him before. We could have tackled the rationalizations of hatred in the general society: a person isn’t defined by their problems, and you can’t harm people using their problems as an excuse; we are all created equal here. We could have handled issues “the gay” any number of ways, but our society’s choice seems to be drooling on our shirts, scratching our heads, and wondering what our genitalia is for.

  3. spayandneuterallleftists Says:

    The problem with the whole situation is one no one ever takes into account. The radical left can try & change the U.S. Constitution or do an end run around it with their leftist allies in D.C. & in the judiciary, they can change the minds of churches, they can change the minds of some of the American people. They will never ever, however change the mind of The One who is unchanging & will not abide unrepentant sin. Especially in His House. Jesus didn’t clear the temple because He was just in a bad mood. “My devotion to your Temple burns in me like a fire!” (Psalm ch. 69, vs. 9). He cleared the temple due to unrepentant sin being flaunted in His Father’s House. The radical homosexual movement needs to ask itself if it is really worth it to ignore Christ’s warnings & continue to test God.

  4. Gohawgs Says:

    Drip, drip, drip…

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