A historic Episcopal church in Alexandria, Virginia is moving two plaques honoring George Washington and Robert E. Lee that have hung on either side of the altar since 1870.
Christ Church’s leaders have reportedly discussed shifting the location of the plaques for years, but the issue has been viewed as more urgent after white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, according to the church rector. Washington and Lee were parishioners of the church; the plaques commemorating them will remain in place until a new spot for them is chosen next year.
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” Emily Bryan, senior warden of Christ Church, said in a speech to the congregation that was reported by CNN.
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GLENN: This one made my blood boil this weekend. First they came for the statues. Now they’re coming for the plaques.
A plaque — a plaque honoring George Washington at the church he attended for more than two decades, Christchurch in Alexandra, Virginia, is now being removed because of complaints. According to the church, the George Washington plaque, along with the Robert E. Lee plaque are being removed because the plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe.
Okay. I just — maybe later this week, we’ll spend an hour on the difference between uncomfortable and unsafe. Because there’s a big difference.
One, you should always feel safe. The other — there’s no guarantee you’re not going to be uncomfortable. Some visitors and guests who worship with us, says the church, choose not to return, because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.
So how does a plaque make you feel unsafe? It’s an index card side piece of metal. Most people don’t even notice it.
And if you’re really offended by the plaques, maybe you don’t understand the lesson of Christ. Both Washington and Lee attended this church for much of their lives. The whole reason for the plaques indicating where they used to sit. But the church leaders have decided to cave to the — the new gospel, the gospel of political correctness.
They, I quote, unanimously decided that the plaques create a distraction in our worship place and may create an obstacle to our identity as a welcoming church and an impediment to our growth and full community with our neighbors.
Christchurch, do you really need partitioners who can’t focus on what they came to church to do. You’re supposed to be there to be praising God, teaching God, teaching forgiveness. Teaching — teaching that nobody’s perfect. It’s how you live your life.
You’re not — you’re not supposed to be thinking about how much you hate certain historical figures that don’t have a control over your life, unless you give them power. I think these worshipers should feel more welcomed by the plaques. They represent men who were both deeply religious, but were also men, and thus had flaws. They sinned like everyone else.
These men weren’t above seeking counsel from God. Perhaps, perhaps you don’t like the fact that somebody in your church, most likely was preaching that slavery was okay.
Is that possible? We are human. Therefore, we sin. But perhaps the church should spend more time. We can also be forgiven. We learn from the past. And we try again the next day.