Christ Church in Alexandria, Va. will remove memorial plaques in honor of George Washington and Robert E. Lee in order to create a “welcoming” worship space. The plaques are allegedly chasing away would-be parishioners.
The Washington Times in its article entitled “George Washington’s church to tear down memorial honoring first president” writes:
This week the church announced it was pulling down a memorial to its one-time vestryman and the country’s first president, saying he and another famous parishioner, Robert E. Lee, have become too controversial and are chasing away would-be parishioners.
While acknowledging “friction” over the decision, the church’s leadership said the twin memorials, which are attached to the wall on either side of the altar, are relics of another era and have no business in a church that proclaims its motto as “All are welcome — no exceptions.”
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques,” the church leaders said.
A staffer at the church Friday said the decision was going to be announced to the church on Sunday.
For now the Lee memorial stands to the right of the altar and the Washington plaque to the left. The simple stone memorials, with gold-colored lettering, say: “In memory of George Washington.” and “In memory of Robert Edward Lee.”
It’s interesting how fast will supporters of “welcoming” space find that there is the entire State of Washington in the United States?