Casting down the idols
Following the disturbing fashion this summer to pull down historical statues of people the left do not agree with, President Trump tweeted “ Is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You have to ask yourself where does it stop?”
And boy did Donald get dog’s abuse for that, as all the wishy-washy-pinko-lefties piled in to chastise him endlessly. They happily shouted, scolding him to any that would listen, that Donald was off on an insane penny special and such iconoclasm would never occur.
In the event we have not had so long to wait for Donald to be proved right.
Christ Church is an Episcopalian church in Alexandria, Virginia has announced that it intends to remove a stone plaque that reads “In memory of George Washington” displayed on the left side of the altar in memory of the first President of the United States. Washington worshipped in the church for over twenty years, and even bought one of the pews which is still there complete with a nice silver plaque. He endowed the church with his own money. They also intend to take down the plaque on the other side to Robert E Lee who also worshipped in the church.
The dark force behind this desecration is Rev. Noelle York-Simmons the rector of the church, who tells us “Because the sanctuary is a worship space, not a museum, there is no appropriate was to inform visitors about the history of the plaques or provide additional context except for the in-person tours provided by our docents”.
So out they will go then. The timescale for this vandalism is set for next summer and no, no-one knows where they will be hidden. “The location will provide a place for our parish to offer a fuller narrative of our rich history including the influence of these two powerful men on our church and our country” oiled the egregious and sanctimonious York-Simmons.
Churches all over the world are filled with clutter from times gone by, old flags, military notices, philes of blood that liquefy on Fridays, occasional mummified saints, vulgar stained glass. It is part of their charm, why they represent the whole community, and its chequered history. We like what we like and put up with what we dont and learn from all of it. Me I don’t like doxologies much but hey that’s the modern world for you.
The Washington silver pew markers, and the location plate where Lee was confirmed are for the chuck too as they “alienate church-goers and there is no context” for them. One must have context. Oh boke.
It seems these plaques had made somebody feel “unwelcome”. Except we don’t know who, how many or where they came from. Most likely from the darker recesses of Noelle’s imaginative prejudices.
As the church is the property of the Episcopalians there seems little one can do to stop this destruction as they will undoubtedly claim first amendment rights (and at the end of the day it is their property). But we may hope that the Department of Interior or The National Park Service might step in to halt this damage to a National Historic Landmark.
There will be further meeting no doubt.
Meantime I can be utterly certain that the Rev Noelle York-Simmons will still be entirely happy for you to donate to her church using those filthy dollar bills with that evil man Washington’s face on them.
Copyright David Macadam 2017