What Would Jesus Occupy?
St. Paul’s Cathedral has become the home of protestors in a dramatic response to New York City’s Occupy Wall Street. The cathedral is one of London’s most historic landmarks, drawing hundreds of worshipers a day.
Late last month, St. Paul officials joined the City of London corporation in a lawsuit against the encampment, calling it an “unsightly and unhealthy presence.” Reportedly, the doors of the cathedral have been completely closed to protesters, even during services.
Canon Giles Frasier resigned once he head about the church’s involvement in the lawsuit, horrified at terms which imposed the violent and forcible removal of protestors from the cathedral. "The church cannot answer peaceful protest with violence," he stated, leading more church officials to follow his suit.
Frasier feels that the values of the church stand in solidarity with the protestor’s message, and that the cathedral’s actions are in strong contrast to the messages and integrity of Christ.
The Bible states as much: "It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers."