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SIMMONS: Have faith, maybe Gray will yet meet with religious advisers
Are you bearing witness to the social revolution? The Bible-thumping and the Koran-burning?
The affirmative-action stirrings and the gospels of same-sex marriage?
The rhetoric of politicians who are being damned if they do and damned if they don’t acknowledge the intersection of religion and politics?
Well, welcome to another corner of the world in which Adrian M. Fenty, as D.C. mayor allowed the Interfaith Council to dissolve but signed a gay-marriage bill into law inside a church, while his successor, Vincent C. Gray, resurrected the Interfaith Council but hasn’t met with the collective body.
Forget, for now, the unforgivable actions of Mr. Fenty, who relished in rubbing noses in liberal Democratic manure that continues to gag the Fat Lady.
The issue at hand right now is Mr. Gray’s intentions.
Last July, Mr. Gray, also a Democrat, announced his appointment of 26 members to the Interfaith Council, which he said would “advise him and his staff on religious affairs and serve as a liaison between the mayor’s office and the District’s faith communities.”
Saying “religious affairs are an integral part of the public life of any community,” the mayor went on to add that he was thankful that the District has a large group of intelligent, committed and compassionate faith leaders who dedicate themselves to ensuring the well-being of all Washingtonians. These 26 leaders will represent D.C.s faith community well.”
He is absolutely right on one hand. Those faith leaders are and continue to represent the faith community well, and praise the Lord they do.
I certainly don’t want to imagine a capital without houses of worship or where dwellers do not believe in God.
Yet, here we are, seven months later, and Mr. Gray has yet to convene his own interfaith advisers.
So who are he and his Cabinet and department heads listening to?
Surely the panel isnt spiritually biased. Though Catholics (four), Baptists (nine) and Protestants (eight) hold the overwhelming majority of seats, there also are a Muslim, a Scientologist and a non-denominational Christian on board, and Jews hold two spots. (No atheists or agnostics, for obvious reasons.)
But what is the point if you do not meet with your own board?
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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