A controversial plan has been announced by a bishop in order to make her church more inviting to Muslims. As you can imagine, the idea hasn’t gone over too well, and people are rightfully outraged over what she intends to do.
As Sweden finds itself at the frontlines of the so-called “refugee” crisis in Europe, with tens of thousands of migrants flooding over their borders, the first openly lesbian, progressive bishop in the world has a shocking plan to open her church up to Muslims, reports Sweden’s SVT. Bishop Eva Brunne of the Seaman’s Church has proposed removing the Christian cross from the building, but she doesn’t want to stop there, she says.
“Leasing a room to people of other faiths, does not mean that we are not defenders of our own faith. Priests are called to proclaim Christ,” wrote Brunne in a weak justification of the plan. “We do that every day and in every meeting with people. But that does not mean that we are hostile toward people of other faiths.”
She wants the church to be treated like a public airport, where numerous religions can come in and pray, but her plan appears to go a step further. Not only does she want to remove the traditional Christian symbol from the building, she wants to put Muslim symbolism in its place by “marking the direction of Mecca.”
As you would imagine, sane people who have heard about the plan aren’t too happy about it. Jihad Watch reported that the idea sparked demonstrations against it, and prominent Christians have come out publicly to decry the terrible plan.
“The church chapel can not reasonably be equated with prayer rooms at airports and hospitals,” argues Patrik Pattersson, priest of the Oscars parish in Stockholm. “The Christian church and chapels are not just any public areas.”
The director of Seaman’s Church isn’t a big fan of the idea either. Kiki Wetterburg come out in strong opposition to the lesbian bishop’s plan, while noting that Muslims wouldn’t ever make such an accommodation for Christians.
“I have no problem with Muslim or Hindu sailors coming here to pray. But I believe that we are a Christian church, so we should keep the symbols. If I visit a mosque I do not ask them to take down their symbols. It’s my choice to go in there,” said Wetterberg.
As Robert Spencer wrote for Jihad Watch, this is what a “society and culture in the midst of suicide looks like,” and he’s right. The mere thought of removing Christian symbolism from Christian churches to appease any religion is absurd, let alone doing so for the very religion responsible for Christian genocide in the Middle East.
Besides, at some point people have to realize they need to stand up for what they believe in and not roll over to appease a minority. That’s not to mention, I dare anybody to go to a mosque and demand the mihrab be taken down and a cross put up in its place. Go ahead, see what happens.