Here is yet another influential, radical, second-wave feminist who is out to redefine Christianity according to her own “liberated” views. But, alarmingly, she has been allowed to do her dirty work from within a Christian church. And worse yet, from within one of America’s most celebrated, and revered, Christian cathedrals!
The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul or, the Washington National Cathedral, is located in DC. It is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church, which is also a worldwide member of the Anglican Church in England.
This edifice, consecrated to God, has been the source of guidance, inspiration and comfort for Protestant Presidents, world leaders and parishioners, dating back to George Washington. And as such, its history has been closely aligned with the history of Christian America.
As early as 1791, a national cathedral was envisioned by the architect of Washington, DC, Major Pierre L’Enfant, at the behest of George Washington (Episcopal). In his efforts, L’Enfant would visualize “a great church for national purposes.” But, it would take over a century for Washington’s dream to come to fruition.
It was not until 1896, after Congress granted the incorporation papers to the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia, that the property for the cathedral was finally purchased.
Eleven years later, on September 29, 1907, with the fundraising and design work in place, construction would begin. President Theodore Roosevelt (Dutch Reform) and the Bishop of London (Anglican), would both take part in a celebratory event, laying the corner-stone for the structure.
The National Cathedral’s illustrious history would begin when Bethlehem Chapel was opened in 1912. And, it would become the focus of national attention as World War I (1914-1918) began and would continue to bring solace to millions of Americans throughout this war and World War II (1939-1945), when 94% of America’s citizenry were Christian.
Services were attended by, and at times, initiated by, Presidents Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 (Presbyterian), Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923 (Baptist) and Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 (Congregationalist). The National Cathedral’s importance on the world stage would continue with the State Funeral of President Eisenhower (Presbyterian) in 1969.
In 1976, Queen Elizabeth II (Anglican) and President Ford (Episcopalian) would dedicate the nave, and the west rose window, in the partially erected edifice.
In 1990, after 83 years of construction, the cathedral was finally completed. It would continue to inspire a devotion to God, and country, and become the site for the State Funerals of both President Ronald Reagan (Presbyterian) in 2004 and President Gerald Ford (Episcopalian) in 2007.
Despite the illustrious ecclesiastical inspiration engendered by this magnificent Episcopal Church, and its 600 year old doctrines, the Episcopal Church itself began to experience a serious schism from within, when radical, second-wave feminism reared its ugly head in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Unfortunately, this long revered, and traditional denomination of the Protestant faith, would become the first to succumb to the demands of radical feminists. Feminists, who had no interest in living by God’s laws, or His Holy Bible, and every interest in rewriting the Bible according to non-Christian, feminist guru, Gloria Steinem, who irrationally viewed organized religion as “oppressive” and “domineering” to women and also “sexist.”
On July 29, 1974, despite the objections of the Episcopal Church’s hierarchy, three rogue, rebellious, and retired bishops (Daniel Corrigan, Robert DeWitt and Edward Welles II) boldly “ordained” 11 female deacons (including Welles’ daughter Katrina Swanson), as priests. This event took place at the Church of the Advocate, in Philadelphia.
Two years later, under the pressure caused by the unprecedented “ordination” in Philadelphia and from radical feminists in general, the hierarchy of the Episcopal Church caved, and voted to affirm the ordination of women to the priesthood, at their General Convention. Wimps!
Let me make this clear. In keeping with radical feminism’s assault on every traditional, male-oriented Christian institution in America, during the 1960s and 1970s, these 11 females were feminists first and Christians second. And not surprisingly, more than half of these brainwashed, misguided and misled females were gullible, baby-boomers, under the age of 31.
These were women functioning under the influence of non-Christian, radical, second-wave feminism, not God. Radical feminists, who cared nothing about the teachings of Christ and everything about pushing women into places where they didn’t belong.
This underlying political agenda was recently acknowledged, while marking the 40th anniversary of their ordination, by three of the ring leaders of this group,:
Alison Cheek, 87
“I felt that if I didn’t go to that ordination I would lose my integrity and I wanted to do something for women. And the clergy was the logical place for me to start.”
Emily Hewitt, 70
“If I had a call, the call was to a fight. Someone upstairs had decided that we need to get some people here willing to fight about this stuff and I eventually developed a voice on this subject.”
Betty Bone Schiess, 91
“My goal was not to be a priest, it was to change the church.”
And so they did. Not for the better, but for the worse, as Christian church attendance began to drop off, soon after these radical feminists, were “ordained” as “priests.” And, while these “influential” radical females bullied their way through the Bible, rewriting it to reflect their non-Christian, radical, feminist ideology.
Organized religion was not the only institution to suffer the ill effects of radical, second-wave feminism’s influence. Academia, business, military, politics, judiciary, family and traditional marriage would all fall victim to their dysfunctional ideology. These radical “priests”, in particular, were not inspired by God in their efforts to change the church, they were inspired by feminism’s irrational hatred of Christian men, and all they stood for, and would not stand for.
Today, 40 years later, the signs of this destruction is everywhere. Sadly, the renowned Episcopal Church is now divided into two distinct branches. One follows Christ’s directives and the other, feminized branch, caters to (according to the list on the sign at the Episcopal Christian Liberation Community Church) “Male, Female, Children, Seniors, Gay, Straight, Infants, Dreamers, Liberal, Nuns, Zen, Transgender, Searching, White, Black, Christian, Non-Christian, Questioners, Partners, Singles, Conservatives, Youth, In Recovery and Agnostic.” And, whatever.
As C. K. Chesterton so astutely wrote, “A man who won’t believe in God, will believe in anything.”
Despite these eleven radical feminist “priest’s” rants to the contrary, there is nothing in the Bible that confirms that women are to be ordained as priests. Nor is there any reference made on this matter, by Christ Himself.
And this is despite the fact that Christ had many prominent female followers. He instead chose 12 male Apostles, and not one female. He too understood that His Father had created women as “helpmates”, not as leaders of men. This divine understanding of the Bible, and Christ’s teachings, was held as undeniable truths, by brilliant theologians, academics, and ministers, for thousands of years.
The plain truth is, there is NO proof that women were ever intended to lead Christ’s church as priests. That is, until the pot-smokin’ 1970s, when radical, second-wave feminists decided otherwise. (Just writing that sentence makes me laugh!)
One of the brilliant men, who spent his life studying the Bible, was the revered Welsh Minister, Matthew Henry. He would explain in his Commentary on the Whole Bible why women could not be leaders in the church, when he wrote:
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side, to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”
There is no justification for women as priests, except through the irrational, delusions spewed by loud-mouthed, pushy, radical feminists, bent on re-writing Christ’s teachings to suit their twisted political agenda.
Now, to another radical feminist, point of contention – divorce. Once again, despite radical feminist’s rants to the contrary, Christ, and the Holy Bible, are very clear on the condemnation of divorce too.
Jesus went so far as to explain, that despite divorce being permitted in the time of Moses, He now forbade it.
To this end, Jesus said to the Jewish Pharisees (teachers), who were questioning Him at the time:
“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law.” Mark 10:5.
Jesus went on to say:
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:9
Matthew Henry would again summarize Jesus’ entire conversation with the Pharisees, about divorce (Mark 10:1-12), as follows:
“Wherever Jesus was, the people flocked after him in crowds, and he taught them. Preaching was Christ’s constant practice. He here shows that the reason why Moses’ law allowed divorce, was such that they ought not to use the permission; it was only for the hardness of their hearts. God himself joined man and wife together; he has fitted them to be comforts and helps for each other. The bond which God has tied, is not to be lightly untied. Let those who are for putting away their wives consider what would become of themselves, if God should deal with them in like manner.”
And so, once again, we come full circle, and return to Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell, who is both a female priest and divorced. Both of which we know to be in violation of Christ’s teachings. And, as such, Ms. Gilland Campbell is hardly the person to “inspire” others, as a “priest” or anything else, to embrace the Christian faith.
Although Ms. Gilland Campbell is a United Methodist female “priest”, she is a direct descendant of all of the PC BS promulgated by the eleven “Episcopal” radical, second-wave feminist females, who bullied their way into the priesthood, on July 29, 1974. Especially as Gilland Campbell was “ordained”, soon after, in 1979.
Well, last week this influential, radical, second-wave feminist would prove to the world that she was indeed a political ideologue, and not a Christian minister.
On Friday November 14th, between 11:30 and 3:30, she invited 100 Muslims to say their traditional Friday prayers, or Jumu’ah, in the north precept of the National Cathedral.
And, they were not praying to God the Father, but ALLAH!
The north precept is an area of the Cathedral with arches and limited iconography (those pesky crucifixes again) that provide what church leaders (Ms. Gilland Campbell) called “an ideal space – almost mosque-like – with the appropriate orientation for Muslim prayers.” OH GOODY.
And, to make matters worse, while the Muslims unrolled their prayer rugs on the floor of the cathedral, under the iconic stained glass windows of Christian saints and martyrs, Ms. Gilland Campbell, had all of the crucifixes covered; closed the cathedral to Christian worshippers for four hours; placed armed guards at the doors to keep uninvited Christian guests OUT and removed the pews, so as not to OFFEND the Muslims with anything, or anybody, who might remind the Muslims that they were not in a mosque, but in a Christian cathedral!! Who was defiling the cathedral? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WOMAN?
The announcement of the event would state, “Leaders (Rev. Canon Gilland Campbell) believe offering Muslim prayers at the Christian cathedral shows more than hospitality. It demonstrates an appreciation of one another’s prayer traditions and is a powerful symbolic gesture toward a deeper relationship between the two Abrahamic traditions.” WHAT IS SHE SMOKIN’?
During the preparations for the prayer service Ms. Gilland Campbell, along with South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Masjid Muhammad of The Nation’s Mosque, stood in the cathedral.
Later, Ms. Gilland Campbell mused about their experience, “What struck me was how he could look at our building and see his mosque. That was a powerful moment. To realize we could be standing in the same spot in the same building and see our own prayer traditions.” OHHMM… WHO’S GOT A JOINT?
While welcoming the Muslims to the cathedral, Ms. Gilland Campbell said, “Salaam, shalom, peace. You are all so very welcome here. Continuing she said, “Let us stretch our hearts and let us seek to deepen mercy for we worship the same God.” WHAT?!!! WHO’S GOT THE HEROIN??
Ms. Gilland Campbell would later state, “Deep relationships come out of prayer. Different connections come out of being in prayer — beyond the political or academic.” KUMBAYA… WHO’S GOT THE CRACK COCAINE?
LOL!!!! Anyway, too bad nobody told the Muslims. As they knelt on their prayer rugs in our National Cathedral, with chanting voices, up to full volume, they would be translated as saying, “There is only one god, he begets not and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and Apostle.” Soon after, the Imam would lead the gathering by declaring, “god has no son, that Jesus Christ cannot be his son, and that there is no god like Allah.” OK. WHO GOT THE SHAFT??
I don’t care what kind of “priest” she thinks she is. I don’t care how long her “career” has been. I don’t care if she’s the nicest person on earth. The Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell has lousy judgement, no common sense and is a threat to Christianity itself. And you can be guaranteed that there will be no reciprocal visit by Ms. Gilland Campbell’s parishioners, to pray at the local mosque, because muslims believe that a Christian’s presence would defile their mosque.
Ms. Gilland Campbell is nothing more than a hypocrite. She is not a believer in Christ’s teachings because she doesn’t even know what they are. She can’t even decipher good from evil. She does not lead, she follows, sniffing the air for directives, not from God, but from radical, politically correct, feminism, which believes anyone is better than a Christian man, even a muslim. Simply put, she is a leftover hippie from the 1970s! Peace, Love and Cupcakes.
God help us, because with women “priests” like her, “defending the Christian faith”, we’re DOOMED!.
P.S. – The “anonymous” woman I wrote about two days ago, who disrupted this Muslim prayer service, has been identified. Her name is Christine Weick, 50, and I have written about her gallant efforts to defend the Christian faith, and its traditions, before. The National Cathedral would be much better served by this courageous Christian woman, verses the pandering, Ms. Gilland Campbell. YUCK!