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Christine Weick, 50, at Washington National Cathedral disrupts first Muslim prayer service Friday afternoon and shouts, “We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country. Why can’t you worship in your mosque, and leave our churches alone?” Nov. 14, 2014.
Christine Weick, the Christian woman who snuck into the invitation-only Islamic prayer service last Friday afternoon at the Washington National Cathedral, said that although she interrupted the service to proclaim the name of Jesus and tell worshippers inside to stay away from U.S. churches, she loves Muslims.
“God has a love for them. He does, ‘God so loved the world.’ That includes Muslims. I have a love for them. They are a beautiful people. Most of them are very kind,” Weick, 50, told The Christian Post Sunday.
The service held inside the Episcopal church was meant to promote interfaith prayer and improve global relations between Muslims and Christians, according to church and Muslim group organizers.
However, Weick, who is not a stranger to controversy, having also protested at LGBT events, said that when it comes to freedom of religion in America, there is an uneven battlefield. Weick, who wrote the book, Explain This! A Verse by Verse Explanation of the Book of Revelation, is living primarily out of her car while touring book fairs and other various events.
“For those that say this is a country of freedom of religion, then I say let’s play fair,” she said. “Let us have a Bible study in their mosque. Let me pass out the Bible tracts at their mosque instead of having the police called out on me. Why can’t Franklin Graham go into the biggest mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, and hold a prayer vigil on Easter Sunday there? They will not allow it because they are not tolerant of us. They wanted nothing to do with Christianity.”
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The Washington National Cathedral and five Muslim groups hold the first celebration of Muslim Friday prayers, Jumaa, in the cathedral’s north transept in Washington, November 14, 2014.
During announcements at the beginning of the prayer service, Weick stood up and shouted, “Jesus Christ died on that cross over there. He is the reason why we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.”
She continued, “We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country. Why can’t you worship in your mosque, and leave our churches alone?”
Weick was then escorted out of the cathedral, and despite a major concern on her part that she would be arrested, she was not. As of Sunday, she said no charges had been filed.
She told CP that as part of her “ministry” she first held signs opposed to gay marriage several years ago.
She said the issues of the legalization of gay marriage and Muslims propagating in the U.S. are similar in that both have “taking over” the country as an end game — one as a moral entity and the other as a religion. She believes one agenda is attacking at “the core of family” and the other is against “the core of American fundamental principles.”
“My girlfriend last year sent me an article about the Muslims having put up a huge billboard in Ohio that said ‘Jesus is a Muslim,’ Weick explained. “My blood boiled again, and then I had a new issue. So I made a sign that said, ‘I serve a risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Mohammed is dead’ in response to their billboard and went and put it at a mosque in Cleveland.”
She said that as a result of holding the sign outside the mosque she was invited to a potluck inside. Weick said that although she was reluctant to do so, she stepped inside the mosque for the potluck because she felt God was telling her to do so. Once inside, she said she shared the Gospel to four Muslim women. Since the experience, she has stood at mosques with her sign on Fridays.
“It started a love for the Muslims,” she told CP.
However, Weick questions what some leaders in America believe about the Muslim faith. “If they are such a religion of peace, if they love America and if they profess to be a peaceful and tolerant religion, then allow us to have a Christmas service at a mosque. Let’s pray. I guarantee you that will not happen because they do not tolerate it,” she said.
When asked about what she would tell others about her experience on Friday, she said: “The main thing that I would tell believers is that it’s a battle out there. We need to warrior-up, take on the whole armor of God, we got the helmet of salvation, we got the sword, we need to start fighting and quit compromising. When does the complacency stop? When? When they are completely taking over? When sin has completely eradicated the Bible in every aspect? When we can’t even preach from the Bible anymore? That’s my concern for the American church because eventually we are not going to be able to get the word out there because it’s not going to be allowed and we are headed out that way.
“When are we going to stand up and fight? I don’t think God meant for His people to just lay back and do nothing.”