Mark D. Tooley on Blessing of Military Bible at National Cathedral is Not a ‘Constitutional Horror’

The Very Rev. Randolph Hollerith, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, left, and the Right Rev. Carl Wright, bishop suffragan for the U.S. Armed Forces and federal ministries in the Episcopal Church, center, bless the official Bible of the newly created Space Force during a service at the cathedral on Jan. 12, 2020. Maj. Gen. Steven Schaick, the Air Force’s chief of chaplains, is holding the Bible on the right. | Washington National Cathedral/Danielle Thomas

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Apparently theocracy is being launched through the U.S. military by the Episcopal Church.

A small but aggressive secular group that peddles theocracy conspiracy theories is getting media attention for complaining about blessing a military Bible. According to an NPR headline, the ceremony sparked “outrage.”

The public “outrage” seemingly was mostly confined to several irritable tweets.

The liberal Washington National Cathedral hosted a pro forma Bible blessing for the new U.S. Space Command, attended by the U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains. Officiating was the Episcopal Church’s Bishop to the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries Carl Wright.

This Bible will be used to swear in future officers of the U.S. Space Command, if they so choose.

The complainant against the Bible blessing was Mikey Weinstein, of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which through media advocacy and litigation condemns military chaplaincies and imagines the military is a hotbed of “Christian privilege.”

“The MRFF condemns, in as full-throated a manner as is humanly possible, the shocking and repulsive display of only the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy, dominance, triumphalism and exceptionalism which occurred at yesterday’s ‘blessing’ at the Washington National Cathedral,” Weinstein complained.

Anyone who’s familiar with National Cathedral can only laugh at Weinstein’s faux outrage. The cathedral belongs to the Episcopal Church and, in contrast to “fundamentalist Christianity supremacy,” is home to refined mainline Protestant liberalism and political correctness.

The Episcopal Church and the Washington National Cathedral, because of their history as pastorate to America’s political and cultural elites, do often officiate in rites of American civil religion. Although small and declining, the Episcopal Church continues to play an outsized role in military chaplaincy.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Mark D. Tooley