From Fox News:
A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event.
“A Call to Compassion” will include an interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11th. It will feature the dean of the Cathedral, the Bishop of Washington, a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.
However, Southern Baptists, representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, were not invited to participate – and neither were leaders from any evangelical Christian organization.
To the unwashed, a Christian is a Christian is a Christian; anyone who claims the label can represent all. This would only be true if the Cathedral hadn’t stacked the deck with two catholic (lower-case “c”) branches, Roman Catholic, and Anglican, while ignoring true Protestants (of the Five Solas variety).
Further, who was invited makes me queasy: a Buddhist nun, an “incarnate lama,” whatever that might be, a Hindu priest, and perhaps a pagan witch. But not a Baptist. Perhaps they ran out of dais space after they added the incarnate dude.
One need not be Baptist (or any other type of evangelical) to be offended: to invite those on the fringes of American religious life but not someone from the largest denomination is beyond stupid.