Evidently, evangelical Protestants have been snubbed when it came to the seating arrangements for religious ceremonies at the National Cathedral this weekend to commemorate September 11. Lutheran pastor Bill Cwirla says:
So as a Lutheran clergyman with a firm hold on the proper distinction of the two kingdoms, I say, “Good for you, Mayor Bloomberg.” And thank you for giving all of us clergy a day off from the public square. I’ll be sure to get together with my faith community on Sunday, September 11, as is our custom every Sunday, to hear of Jesus’ victory over Sin and Death and receive the gifts of His Sacrifice for the sin of the world.
And we’ll say a prayer for our country, for the government and those who protect us, including you, Mr. Mayor, as well as for all the nations of the world, for our fellow Christians scattered throughout all the world, for our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and for that peace that the world cannot give.
But the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Frank Page, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, are having a harder time swallowing such a jagged little pill:
It’s not surprising. There is a tragic intolerance toward Protestants and particularly toward evangelicals and I wish the president would refuse to speak unless it was more representative.