- Fury as UK Church Offers to ‘Cover up’ Jesus and Crosses for Muslim Prayer
A former chaplain to the Queen argued that covering up the image of Jesus would be tantamount to disrespecting him in his own house. An Anglican parish church in the UK has courted controversy over its plans to cover up religious imagery while hosting a Muslim prayer.
The vicar of the St. Matthew and St. Luke’s church in Darlington had invited Muslims attending a nearby mosque to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan in her church, The Times reports. Male worshippers were expected to say prayers in an aisle while women would be separated off into smaller rooms.
According to records of a meeting between Reverend Lissa Scott and Muslim representatives, the church pledged to cover up Christian crosses and photographs as well an image of Jesus.
Ironically enough, it appears that the picture was a copy of The Light of the World, a world-famous painting by English pre-Raphaelite William Holman Hunt, which depicts Jesus Christ knocking on a closed door, which is thought to symbolise the closed human mind.
However the Diocese of Durham is said to have pulled the plug on the plans, saying that “an act of worship from a non-Christian faith tradition is not permitted within a consecrated Church of England building”, according to canon law. The decision came after a high-profile cleric called the proposal to place religious symbols under cover a “shameful cover-up”.