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‘Interfaith’ prayer space at DNC convention has no sign of any religion except Islam

DNC prayer spacesOn Monday, the Daily Caller reported that while the Democratic Party’s convention has designated “interfaith” spaces set aside for prayer, the only sign of any religion in any of those spaces is Islam.  That’s right — no crosses, Bibles or Jewish prayer books — nothing.

Rachel Stoltzfoos wrote:

Convention goers looking to get in touch with the god of their choice can visit the “Interfaith Prayer Room” on the first floor of the Wells Fargo Center, which consists of a series of spaces sectioned off by curtains. A sign hangs over the first space, which is simply an empty room.

The second area has a few chairs and some prayer mats. A third large space is set up to accommodate Muslims, with a mat set up on the floor presumably facing Mecca and a sanitizing station so Muslims can wash before they pray.

A fourth space is another large empty room. Aside from Islam, no sign of any other religion was present.

“Kind of surprising for a so-called interfaith prayer area,” she added.  “If they can set up a huge hand sanitizing station and figure out which way is Mecca, seems like grabbing a copy of a bible or a crucifix wouldn’t be a huge deal. Or a drum for the new age types. Or even some incense to help out Hindu believers. How about a pen and paper for believers who prefer to journal their prayers? Or a Jewish prayer book?”

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The spaces were also devoid of something else, she noted — people.  Except for a woman wearing Birkenstocks and a Bernie Sanders t-shirt “casually swiping through her iPhone.”

Volunteers, she added, “declined to provide information on the interfaith space…”  It seems they were in charge of a “lactation tent” and couldn’t answer any questions on the subject.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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