The Nov. 15 news article "Bible museum aims for apolitical despite Trump hotel gala" reported that officials from the Museum of the Bible said the museum does not exist to make a political statement. But the list of speakers at the dedication sent a different message. Aside from D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), the speakers included a conservative Catholic archbishop, a Conservative Jewish rabbi, two government chaplains and two Israeli officials. Conspicuously absent was anyone associated with more liberal branches of Christianity or Judaism whose presence would signal a true sense of inclusion.
By choosing speakers from only one side of the theological spectrum, Bible Museum officials made a clear political statement. It is not a welcoming one for people of faith who see in the Bible a call to challenge the moral and spiritual corruption we see in today’s political order.
Isaiah J. Poole, Washington
The writer is a worship leader at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington.