A Christian church in Virginia that George Washington attended for decades is planning to tear out a memorial to the nation’s first president.
Why? Because the memorial could make some church members feel “unsafe or unwelcome.”
Christ Church in Alexandria, Va will be removing a plaque of Washington, a pastor has told The Washington Times. Church leaders say the memorial has become too divisive and could be discouraging parishioners from attending services.
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The Virginia church that George Washington attended for two decades plans to tear out a memorial to the nation’s first president because the plaque could make some worshipers feel “unsafe or unwelcome.”
Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., where Washington became a founding member in 1773, will remove his memorial and a similar one to Robert E. Lee, the Washington Times reported. Church leaders say the memorials, which sit to the left and right of the altar, have become too divisive and might be discouraging parishioners from attending services.
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” the church leaders said, according to the Washington Times. “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’s decision to remove the plaques puts it at the center of a nationwide debate over the display of memorials to important American historical figures whose acts or statements didn’t comport with today’s social norms. Many groups have protested against public memorials to Confederate generals, such as Robert E. Lee, and also to transformative presidents such as Washington, Andrew Jackson and even Abraham Lincoln.
At least Washington founded a country in which people are free to do idiotic stuff, like removing his memorial from a church he attended.