Muslim prayer, edgy talk at the Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle

In a scene you don’t see every day at an Episcopal church, 30 Muslims knelt in prayer behind the altar at St. Mark’s Cathedral on Saturday, with a Christian cross as backdrop.

It was a break in “Confronting Islamophobia,” a conference that dissected false images of and prejudice against Muslims, but also heard their critics stereotyped and labeled.

The Yin and Yang were represented in two keynote speakers at the conference, sponsored by about 40 Muslim, Christian and pro-Palestinian groups, even by Jewish Voice for Peace.

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6 comments on “Muslim prayer, edgy talk at the Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle

  1. nwlayman says:

    I picked up a pamphlet about this a few weeks ago at a concert there. Yup. Not much more to say about it than….Yup. Listen; listen *hard*. Hear ANY word of disagreement from any quarter of the Anglican Comuunion? Any “uncomfort” from Rowan Williams? No, only if you shoot a terrorist. The place is a mosque. The only thing not tolerated there is Christian worship. It may be the only mosque where same sex blessings occur. That might actually make Muslims stop worshiping there (except Ann Redding). The Muslims might have been behind the altar as it faces west, so they were facing the “right” way to do their thing.

  2. nwlayman says:

    If you think I exaggerate when I call the thing that used to be a cathedral in Seattle a mosque, listen to what this fellow calls it:

    I rest my case.

  3. Larry Morse says:

    What IS it that makes Seattle so whacked out? Why Seattle? They’re daffier than Californians. Is it the climate? Larry

  4. Katherine says:

    Really don’t want to listen to a 30-minute You Tube of an imam who begins with a preposterous story about Muhammad as a man of peace and interfaith relations. There ARE Muslims in the U.S. who are trying to construct a peaceful modern version of Islam which is compatible with modern life. However I have just read news reports from Egypt about the increasing attacks on Christians there. That new, non-confrontational version of Islam is battling the old violent version there, and Christians are dying. Please pray for Egypt.

  5. Ross says:

    #3 Larry: Because Seattle is the best part of the West Coast, which in turn is the best part of the U.S. From time to time I hear rumors that some benighted people still live on the wrong side of the Rockies, but it seems unlikely on the face of it. Why would they?

  6. Larry Morse says:

    #5Ross.Ha ha ha so THAT’S it? Well, I live in New England where sometime the sun shines. Are you familiar with the word “sun?