On Friday, the National Cathedral was closed to the public for “a first-ever recitation of weekly Muslim prayers,” as reported at the Washington Post. There was “heavy security” during the Muslim prayer meeting, “with police checking every name and bag.”
While there have been numerous reports of a woman being forcibly ejected from the cathedral for proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord, another account has escaped notice.
A self-described Christian man who attempted to join the event was also told to leave. Speaking exclusively with WayneDupree.com, “Mike” explained that he went to the National Cathedral on Friday in part to “provide support to fellow Christians.” He added that he seeks to “uphold the Ten Commandments.” Mike said that he “arrived at [the] Cathedral, parked and was told that the church was not open…[due to] a special event.” He added that he went to the church steps but “was not allowed in.” Mike added that “police” told him to “get off the steps.”
Mike asked the police officer why, as a Christian, that he “was not allowed into a Christian church.” In response, the police officer told Mike “to come with him away from the door because those who paid good money needed privacy.” He explained that after he saw others going into the church, he went with them “to pray and take pictures because others were.”
Police surrounded me and said I needed to leave and threatened to take my phone. I said a prayer and exited.
He noted that he observed that “others were barred from entering.”
Another man, “John,” did not attempt to enter the Cathedral, but told WayneDupree.com that he was “concerned” about the secretive event. John contacted the Cathedral, he said, in an effort to express his concerns. The representative of the Cathedral was civil and took the gentleman’s name and number. About “five minutes” after he made the call, however, a man identifying himself as a Washington police officer contacted him to ask him questions about the call. John noted that the police officer was also very civil, but was surprised that the Cathedral would pass along John’s information to the police.
Trevor Loudon, author of the revealing (and terrifying) book “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” has written extensively about communist infiltration in the United States government. Loudon told WayneDupree.com that he suspects that the interfaith effort is oftentimes less about “tolerance,” and more about “politics masquerading as religion.” He added that radical leftists use “tolerance and First Amendment rights [as a guise] to attack America.” That is not to say that this is the case at the National Cathedral in Washington, which is very possibly a genuine desire to unite people of all faiths (although it was admittedly closed to the public).
If the effort is genuine, this author expects the National Cathedral will be inviting Jewish people to hold a similar event. Additionally, it would seem appropriate that the Muslim organizers will be inviting Christians and Jews to be praying at their respective mosques in the near future.
As reported at Reuters, Ebrahim Rasool, the Muslim South African ambassador to the United States co-organized the event with the National Cathedral’s Reverend Canon Gina Campbell, “with help from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Public Affairs Council and The Nation’s Mosque.”
Jordan Schactel of Breitbart posted a revealing video interview with the Dean of the National Cathedral, Gary Hall, who diminished the Muslim Brotherhood associations of the Islamic organizations, adding that the interviewer was indulging in a form of “McCarthyism.”
With an estimated 2.6 million adherents according the 2010 U.S. census, Muslims form approximately 0.8% of the country’s population. In 2000, the number of Muslims was at 1 million.