Christ Church Episcopal In Alexandria Removing Plaque Honoring Washington

Brian Tubbs

The Lexington Libertarian is featuring an article by Brian Tubbs about the Left’s mad desire to obliterate all past leaders of this great nation. Everything pre Civil War must go for all, according to the Left, are tainted with the evil acceptance of slavery.

This is precisely what Radical Islam is doing in the Middle East. All Christian statues are being destroyed because everything but Islam is heretical and evil in their eyes.

Christ Church in Alexandria, VA

 

“George Washington’s Home Church Caves to Political Correctness”

Tubbs writes:

Christ Church Episcopal in Alexandria, Virginia is removing two plaques from their sanctuary and apparently relocating them to another location that is to be determined. Leaders at Christ Church defended their “unanimous decision” by explaining that the plaques “make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome.” This decision by one of the most historic churches in the Washington, DC area comes in the context of a nationwide furor over statues and memorials to dead white Americans, primarily Confederate generals or leaders. But the acrimonious debate, as predicted by President Donald Trump, has now encompassed Founding Fathers and even Revolutionary War soldiers. It isn’t just Robert E. Lee who is having his plaque removed; it’s George Washington too.

There is only one valid argument which could be made to relocate a plaque to George Washington. That argument would apply to any plaque to any human being. It would be if a local congregation decided, on principle, that a church auditorium or sanctuary should not honor any individual with any plaque whatsoever – that no individual should be formally recognized in any way other than Jesus Christ Himself. That would be a policy I could respect. Unfortunately, that’s not the basis of Christ Church’s decision. Though the leaders acknowledge their “sanctuary is a worship space, not a museum,” they say this not in the context of putting all focus on Christ, but rather to complain “there is no appropriate way to inform visitors about the history of the plaques or to provide additional context except for the in-person tours provided by our docents.” They’ve made it very clear that the reason for removing the plaques isn’t to emphasize more worship of God, but rather to make visitors feel more “safe” and “welcome.”

I can respect objections to the plaque to Robert E. Lee. A plaque to the memory of a man who took up arms to effectively undermine the Union and advance slavery warrants context at the very least. I’m aware that Lee made some disapproving comments about slavery leading up to the Civil War, and publicly applauded its demise at the end of the Civil War. I’m also aware that he lent his good name to the cause of reconciliation after laying down his sword. There are many things to admire about General Lee, but there are also some things which should give us serious pause. At a time when the United States needed his statesmanlike leadership to help preserve the Union and end slavery, he chose to fight for the wrong side – a side that Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens said rested upon “the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.” In so doing, Lee aligned with white supremacy, with slavery, and with disunion. And he contributed to the deaths of over 600,000 Americans.

If Christ Church wishes to remove or to appropriately contextualize Lee’s plaque, I can respect that, even though I cringe when I hear a word like “unsafe” so casually thrown about. It’s understandable that a few people might interpret a plaque to Robert E. Lee as reflective of the current congregation’s possible endorsement of the Confederate cause (or perhaps at least the South’s segregationist cause). For those who take it that way, I can understand some of them feeling unwelcome…that is, at least, until they pay attention to what’s actually being said at Christ Church and maybe take the time to ask a couple questions. But unsafe? For anyone to attend Christ Church Episcopal today and to pay any attention whatsoever to the people, the music, what’s said from the pulpit, etc. and then come away thinking it’s a hotbed of white nationalism or KKK activism is frankly ludicrous.

In fact, you don’t even have to go there. You just have to look at their website. Their stated mission, right on their site, declares: “Christ Church embodies God’s unbounded love by embracing, liberating, and empowering people, whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith.” On another page, they proclaim “We want to get to know you…We have room for you.”

How anyone can walk away from Christ Church today and feel “unwelcome” or “unsafe” defies logic and reason.

But, frankly, THAT is the problem I have with all this. We’ve moved away from reason and logic. As a society, we’re now firmly in the camp of Feelings. If someone feels unwelcome, then that is what matters. If someone feels unsafe, then we must do everything possible to address those feelings.

Feelings. Feelings. Feelings.

And it’s getting completely out of control.

For the rest of the article please go to Brian Tubbs website: http://www.briantubbs.com/george-washingtons-home-church-caves-to-political-correctness-christ-church-episcopal-in-alexandria-removes-plaque-honoring-washington/

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