Our View: Protestants feeling left out, but why?

DKS Editors

The Washington National Cathedral is hosting “A Call to Compassion,” an interfaith event that President Barack Obama is set to attend Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

On the roster to speak are the dean of the cathedral (an Episcopal Christian), the bishop of Washington, D.C. (a Catholic), a Jewish rabbi, a Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.

Protestants were left off the list, prompting outrage at the alleged “tragic intolerance toward Protestants and particularly toward Evangelicals,” as stated by Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.

The cathedral said it did not extend an invitation to Protestants because Christianity was already represented by the cathedral itself. Even so, Protestants are outraged.

If you think about it, there’s really no reason to be upset about this. The cathedral is right: Christianity’s already being represented.

If it allowed more than one sect of Christianity to speak, it would have to allow them all. And if every branch of Christianity could speak, then every branch of every other religion would have to speak. The cathedral had to draw the line somewhere.

It’s not a personal or discriminatory attack against Protestantism. It’s only fair. Nonetheless, Page insists that Obama should not attend the event.

Sure, the U.S. is more of a Christian nation than any other religion. However, the event is one of interfaith cooperation. One representative from each religion is invited to join.

It’s not like the event isn’t allowing Protestants to attend. If that were the case, we would see the problem. Even if the Washington National Cathedral was hosting a giant Christian event, it would be a different story.

But that’s not the case. So please stop whining.

The above editorial is the consensus of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.