Church in England Criticized for Offering to Cover Up Cross and Image of Jesus for Ramadan

A Church of England vicar sparked controversy when she offered to cover up an image of Jesus and a crucifix in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

The Sunday Times reports that Rev. Lissa Scott and Gerland Lee, a former mayor of Darlington, were planning on hosting a Ramadan celebration at St. Matthew and St. Luke’s church in Darlington on June 2.

The goal of the event was to celebrate diversity.

Muslim men from a nearby mosque were invited to pray in the church, while Muslim women were offered space in adjoining rooms.

According to the newspaper, church leaders also offered to cover up a cross and a well-known image of Jesus depicted as “The Light of the World” by artist William Holman Hunt.

However, the Diocese of Durham stepped in and told the church it cannot host the Ramadan celebration.

A spokesperson for the diocese told Premier: “While it is vital to build good interfaith relations, it is clear that an act of worship from a non-Christian faith tradition is not permitted within a consecrated Church of England building.”

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SOURCE: CBN News, Emily Jones