Rev. Lissa Scott has been under fire along with former mayor pf Darlington, Grerald Lee, for allowing non-Christians to worship in an England-based Church which the law forbids.
A Church of England vicar has been scrutinized for hosting a celebration in honor of Ramadan at her parish church. Reverend Lissa Scott, invited Muslim men and women who usually visit a nearby mosque to pray inside St Matthew and St Luke’s church in Darlington. Apart from agreeing to celebrate this Muslim fast she also covered up the cross and a copy of the painting 'The Light of the World' which is a popular painting created by pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt.
According to The Sunday Times, these men were invited to pray at the aisle and women were offered bordering rooms for their rituals. A lot of planning took place before the actual implementation of this celebration. Apparently, on May 9 a church meeting was held where Reverend Scott, Gerald Lee (former Darlington mayor), and a few local Muslim representatives were present.
It was just an effort from the former mayor's end to improve the racial harmony among the residents of that place. He mainly organized and implemented these plans through a group called Celebrating Communities. This group takes the initiative to organizes diverse social events that could help bring the community together and celebrate events with harmony and peace.
According to a report in The Sunday Times, they planned how to actually go about the whole thing. It read: "One aisle in church to be cleared of chairs for Muslim men to say prayers." Next, they talk about covering the photograph of Jesus and the cross, "Cover Christian crosses/ photographs in small rooms for ladies to say prayers." Gavin Ashenden the Bishop of Christian Episcopal Church disapproved of the whole event.
He was not convinced with the part that stated the covering up of Jesus's photograph or his representative cross for that matter. He viewed this gesture as a sign of disrespect towards the Lord which he just couldn't agree with. Bishop Ashenden also said, "When Muslims come into our church, we invite them to come in and respect Jesus. If we accepted an invitation to go into a mosque, we would respect Muhammad."
JESUS F*CKING CHRIST IT’S NEVER ENDING DHIMMITUDE— Miss M 🇬🇧🏴🔴⚪️ (@tobystyke74) May 19, 2019
Reverend Lisa Scott of St Matthews & St Luke’s church in Darlington has offered to cover up crosses and pictures of Jesus for Muslims to celebrate Ramadan in her parish church https://t.co/hQzc3QVL5I
Providing this exemplary statement he makes it very clear that he does not agree with Reverend Scott's decision. Moreover, this act of her's has placed the church in a rise of fire as the diocese of Durham has interceded in this debacle by stating that church law clearly, which does not allow any act of devotion by non-Christians in a Church building of England. Irrespective of this controversy, the Muslim group is ready to join people from other faiths including Christians on June 2 to celebrate Iftar, the evening meal they have to end their fast.
Sure they would do the same thing for Easter or Christmas for us......NOT !!!— Gooner Nick 10360 (@Gooner100360) May 20, 2019
In a statement the former mayor, Mr. Lee confessed that he didn't intend to 'cover or upset' anyone in the community by setting this up. It was just a small step he thought would get the fragments of the community a bit closer in the form of a celebration. He also accepted the fact that it was an 'error of judgment' on his part to allow certain things to happen. Of course, Twitterati had a lot to say about this whole situation.
@NathanLeese1 wrote: Disgraceful. “Progressive” worldly theology is destructive to those who truly wish to live the Christian life and walk the true faith as proclaimed in the Bible. God doesn’t compromise when it comes to false religion. This story reminds me of Jezebel and Baal worship.
No supernatural faith. Christ said to deny him to others would lead to his denial of us in judgement. To deny Christ is to deny our faith. May this traitor to the faith find conversion.— Ed Abuyog (@LiveFaithReason) May 20, 2019
@johansenmila too couldn't help but go against it: Here in America in the south, they started taking down the statues of General Lee. That is our history. I'm from California but I still want to know the history and what he looked like. If we let them do that pretty soon they will take down other parts of history. sacrilegious
Because they believe in nothing— Charles uncharged (@chuckles_Limon) May 20, 2019
While @ImCh1quita supported their view as she wrote: A disgrace? How? She's a Jezebel. It's in her heart to placate the world. Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.