Standoff at St. Paul's Cathedral in London

Thursday, November 03, 2011

For the past two weeks in London, protesters supporting the Occupy movement have been camped out in front of one of the city’s most revered landmarks: St. Paul’s Cathedral, the 300-year-old building where Winston Churchill’s funeral was held and where Princess Diana married Prince Charles. Now it’s the home of a tent city for demonstrators protesting in solidarity with New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement, much to the chagrin of city officials. After the city of London and church leaders took legal moves to dismantle the camp, three of the cathedral's officials resigned. Officials ultimately told the demonstrators they could stay — for now.

But the standoff has opened a rift within the church between those who say the church should cooperate with the city to clear the historical area and those who say the church has a duty to support the protesters. Joining The Takeaway is The Reverend Marcus Ramshaw, a Church of England priest in York, England.

Comments [3]

Angel from Miami, FL

Jesus = [Karl] Marx.

Nov. 03 2011 10:59 AM

Tent maker?
No mention that St. Paul's was closed for the first time for safety concerns since the blitz during WWII and OWS in the US was endorsed by fascist groups so the historical continuity is in intact and wholly ignored by the media.

St. Paul's survived the blitz unscathed and considering the rioting and lawlessness at Occupy protests which is deliberately being downplayed by the media, I hope the church and religious freedom it provides is not disrupted more than it already has been.

The protesters seem to be following the Marxist playbook faithfully in taking their mob from financial centers to religious centers as the media ennobles and dignifies all of it.

Nov. 03 2011 09:57 AM

I hadn't realized that the Church of England had an investment banking division.

This was addressed, in yesterday's Wall Street Journal:

It strikes me as curious that the one C of E "spokesman" was a single (apparently politically radical) priest from York; and not one of the principals in the dispute over the conversion of the property around St. Paul's in the City of London.

That decision -- choosing Rev. Ramshaw for his pro-"Occupation" mindset which may not be representative of the C of E -- is a highly conscious editorial and production decision. If I didn't know better, I'd think that Caitlin Curren wasn't the only supporter of OWS on the production staff of The Takeaway.

Nov. 03 2011 09:53 AM

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