Christine Weick joined the Islamic prayer meeting held at Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral on Friday, November 14, but she wasn’t there to pray. As the imam began his opening remarks, Weick, a 50-year-old Christian author from Michigan, stood and approached the altar and pointed to the cross hanging on the wall of the prominent Episcopal church.
“Jesus Christ died on that cross. He is the reason we are to worship only Him,” Weick announced to the kneeling crowd. “Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We have built … allowed you your mosques in this country. Why don’t you worship in your mosques and leave our churches alone? We are a country founded on Christian principles.” At that point, Weick was escorted out by security and the service continued. She was not arrested, and no charges have been filed, according to the Christian Post.
Weick told CP after the incident, “It’s a battle out there. We need to warrior-up, take on the whole armor of God … we need to start fighting and quit compromising. When does the complacency stop? When? When they are completely taking over? When sin has completely eradicated the Bible in every aspect? When we can’t even preach from the Bible anymore? That’s my concern for the American church … When are we going to stand up and fight? I don’t think God meant for His people to just lay back and do nothing.”
Although this is not the first Muslim activity hosted by the National Cathedral, this is the first time the cathedral has invited Muslims to lead their own prayers there, which event organizers called a “powerful symbolic gesture.” NBC wrote that the prayer service developed after the cathedral’s liturgical director met South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool while planning the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa. Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the event in the media, saying “it’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible.”
Watch the short video of Weick’s protest below.