Target: Christian author and activist Christine Weick
Goal: Apologize for disrupting peaceful Muslim prayers
A right-wing hatemonger and Christian fundamentalist recently interrupted Friday Muslim prayers at a significant interfaith event in order to advocate for religious intolerance and bigotry. Demand that the extremist apologize for disrupting an otherwise peaceful and good-faith event.
The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., recently held its inaugural Friday Muslim prayers in an interfaith demonstration of peace and mutual support between Christians and Muslims. The services were interrupted, however, by right-wing author and activist Christine Weick. Claiming to be told by God to deliver a message to the Muslim congregation, she stood up from her seat and interrupted the Imam, saying to those present that Christianity was the only true religion, that the United States was founded on Christian principles, and that the Muslims should leave “our churches” alone and worship in the mosques we’ve “allowed” them to build in this country. She was then escorted out of the church by security.
Weick’s actions, ironically, did nothing but show why the need for interfaith support and cooperation is so great in this country in the first place. Sign the petition below to demand that she apologize for interrupting a peaceful and symbolic event with her divisive and intolerant rhetoric.
Dear Ms. Weick,
I am writing you today about your actions at the Washington National Cathedral. I was upset to learn that the church’s inaugural Friday Muslim prayers, an event that had been lauded as an extremely important symbolic step towards welcoming the Muslim community in America, were marred by intolerance. Unfortunately though, I can’t say I was surprised.
The United States has a very serious problem with anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiment. Fueled by events like 9/11, two wars in the Middle East, a history of xenophobia and bigotry against “the other,” and an echo-chamber of popular commentary in the media, the Muslim community in this country has to deal with a lot of prejudice. Unfortunately, that anti-Muslim sentiment came to the fore with your stunt. What was an event of peace, understanding, and mutual support between different faith communities was clouded by the anti-Muslimism it was trying to move beyond in the first place. The Christian and Muslim parties who organized the event were reminded once again why their work was, and continues to be, so important.
I urge you to apologize for interrupting the event. No matter how much your actions, by your logic, may have been done in good faith, they were not appropriate and they were disrespectful to the Muslim community there. Your actions also reinforced the culture of divisiveness and religious intolerance from which they were based, which does no one any good.
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