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George Washington Sat Here

churchbuildingBut you’ll never know that. Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is removing the plaque from George Washington’s pew. The church, located at 118 N. Washington Street, feels that Washington’s purchase of pew No. 5 when the church opened in 1773, and resulting sign, make worship at the Episcopalian church too controversial. So they are removing Washington’s and Robert E. Lee’s plaques. Or maybe it’s the memorial plaques in the front of the church near the altar that are being removed?

Washington attended Christ Church whenever he rode to Alexandria to do business. He was a vestryman, a member of the church’s lay leading body. But mostly, General Washington served as an active member, vestryman and for a time, Church Warden of Pohick Church near his Mount Vernon property.

So why would Christ Church, prominently featured on travel sites as the church of Washington and Lee, decide to remove the signage?

Church leaders apparently recently sent a letter to members stating, “The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or christ-churchinteriorunwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”

Really?

What is the threatening message of the signs in front of the congregation? They simply state, “In Memory of _____”.

Period.

That’s it.

washington-pewIf this is scary, then I think we all need some prayer. At least Pohick Church has no plans to hide the fact that our first president worshiped God. If anything, that should be an encouraging and welcome plaque.

And Robert E. Lee, a slaveholder and son of the south, was not perfect, yet he attended church where, on any day, transformation would be a distinct possibility. In my book, that’s a little bit of light in the darkness and reason to be discussed, rather than hidden.

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