This week, new stained-glass windows at the National Cathedral of the United States were unveiled. Were these new windows a testament to the saving power of Jesus Christ? Did these windows proclaim peace? Did they show Elijah carried into the clouds, or John the Baptist in the river? Not at all. These four new windows proudly proclaim NO and FOUL to all parishioners entering the nation’s cathedral.
NPR calls these windows “racial justice-themed”. The windows show no crucifix, no saint, but a mess of feet and difficult to read signs. There is movement, no peace. There is no God above. Anti-human, no faces look for guidance. These windows took six years to create and install, at a cost of well over a million dollars. A poem “American Song” by Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander is also being installed below the windows. This limestone carving will be paid for in part by Jew Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, through their Heartland Foundation. The Heartland Foundation also gave a million dollars to Ukrainian NGOs, including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in 2022.
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, the cathedral’s dean, said the previous four windows “were offensive and they were a barrier to the ministry of this cathedral and they were antithetical to our call to be a house of prayer for all people.” For reference, the previous windows were topped by crucifixes. Two showed General Lee and General Jackson praying for guidance outdoors among plants and trees, surrounded by God’s creation. General Lee’s window was simply captioned “Reading the Bible.” These so-called “offensive” windows contained an exponentially greater number of pieces of stained glass, creating a more intricate image than their replacements. One of the windows explicitly called for peace and showed a man with his palms open and outstretched towards the viewer. The Very Reverend railed against the prior windows in the September 23rd 2023 unveiling, telling a sparse audience that the Lee and Jackson windows “were telling a story that was not a true story.” Lee and Jackson in positions of prayer and rejoicing tell a very true story:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 
The National Cathedral has given various excuses for replacements of the Confederate windows. They told NPR replacement was necessary in the wake of a 2015 church bombing but they told AP replacement was necessary in the wake of 2017 Charlottesville protests. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Sadder still, the National Cathedral and its million dollar “we hate the South” project is minutes away from parishes in need of funding. Episcopalian Pohick Church of Lorton, Virginia for example asks the public for a safer playground for its flock’s children.
While the windows were removed in 2017 and stored in the Cathedral attic, it was not until 2021 the Cathedral managed to find a black artist to create new windows. The previous windows were a 1953 gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In a showing of the ongoing lame duck status of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy, it appears the windows will be left to rot in the Cathedral’s attic instead of returning to a home that appreciates them.
“Today is an opportunity for us to recommit ourselves and to recommit this cathedral to joining that march towards fairness for all Americans, especially African Americans,” said Hollerith alongside Biship Marian Budde (Instagram handles @rhollerith ; @mariannbudde).
Does your church or school give money to the National Cathedral? The National Cathedral raised $115 million in 2021 from exclusively private sources. This week, ask your parish priest, professor, or deacon to stop all funding to an organization that hates you, your heritage and your people.