In order to make the muslims feel more at ease, world’s first lesbian bishop has ordered that church crosses be replaced with islamic symbols.
The world’s first lesbian bishop of a major Christian denomination, Eva Brunne of the Lutheran Church of Sweden is calling for the removal of the crosses and other Christian symbols at the Seamen’s Church in Freeport so that visiting foreign sailors practicing other religions like Islam “would not be offended.”
According to the Stockholm-based news outlet SVT.se, Brunne not only intends to remove the Christian symbols but also set up a prayer room inside the church that would cater to people of other religions, particularly Muslim visitors. She explained that by doing so, Muslim refugees entering Sweden will be more at ease.
Decisions like these have unexpected consequences. The first wave of Sharia Islamists are within their rights to take the lesbian bishop and throw her off the steeple. After all, in their eyes she is an infidel, a woman speaking in public and a homosexual, all crimes that are deserving of death to them.
The church targeted is the Seamen’s mission church in Stockholm’s eastern dockyards. The Bishop held a meeting there and challenged the priest to explain what he’d do if a ship’s crew came into port who weren’t Christian, but wanted to pray.
Calling Muslims guests to the church “angels,” the Bishop later took to her blog to explain that removing Christian symbols from the church and preparing the building for Muslim prayer doesn’t make a priest any less a defender of the faith. Rather, to do anything less would make one “Stingy towards people of other faiths.”
The bishop insisted this wasn’t an issue, after all airports and hospitals already had multi-faith prayer rooms, and converting the dockyard church would only bring it up to speed.
“Making a room available for people of other faiths does not mean that we are not defenders of our own faith. Priests are called to proclaim Christ. We do that every day and in every meeting with people,” Brunne reportedly said. “But that does not mean that we are stingy toward people of other faiths.”
Brunne’s attempts to make life more comfortable for Muslims and other non-Christian visitors were strongly opposed by Pamela Geller, author of “Stop the Islamisation of America.”
“Sweden has lost it,” Geller told WND. “It is sacrificing its own heritage to accommodate immigrants who will not be as accommodating to native non-Muslim Swedes. The bishop is paving the way for the Islamisation of Sweden.”
Geller’s thoughts were echoed by Seamen’s Mission Director Kiki Wetterberg, who said removing Christian symbols is a completely unnecessary act.
“I have no problem with Muslim or Hindu sailors coming here and praying. But I believe that we are a Christian church, so we 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,” she wrote in the newspaper Dagen.
Father Patrik Pettersson, one of the priests in her diocese and active in the same parish as the Seaman’s mission church hit back in a blog of his own, complaining there is no way you could equate a consecrated church with a prayer room, remarking “I should have thought a bishop would be able to tell the difference”.
Calling the bishop’s words “theologically unthinking”, he asked what was to be done with crucifixes screwed to the walls, and heavy items such as baptismal fonts.
“Ignoring the rhetorical murmuring”, Pettersson wrote: “The only argument bishop Eva really put forward in support of her view is ‘hospitality’… How do you respond to that? Not much of a basis for discussion, as one colleague put it. The theological, ecclesiological, pastoral and working issues are left untouched”.
As an independent mission the church operates outside of the diocese, and so the bishop has no authority there, a fact reflected by the response of the church director who said the bishop’s words were her business alone.
When asked whether she would be removing the cross from her church, Kiki Wetterberg responded: “I have no problem with Muslim or Hindu sailors coming here and praying. But I believe that we are a Christian church, so we 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”.