Quake damage to National Cathedral
August 23rd, 2011
06:04 PM ET

Washington National Cathedral sustains 'significant damage' in earthquake

By Dan Gilgoff and Larry Lazo

Washington (CNN) - Washington’s National Cathedral sustained "significant damage" during Tuesday’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake, the church said Wednesday, and will remain closed at least through Saturday, when it had planned to host a dedication event for the capital’s new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.

Three of the four corner spires on the church’s dramatic central tower lost their ornate capstones, or finials, during the quake, and there are cracks in some of the church’s flying buttresses.

Called the "Gloria in Excelsis,” the cathedral’s central tower is the highest point in the nation’s capital, rising to a greater height than even the Washington Monument.

The cracks in the flying buttresses are around the apse, the area around the altar, though the buttresses supporting the central tower appear to be sound, the church said in a statement.

Though the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial has been moved to a Roman Catholic church in Washington, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, National Cathedral officials said they hoped to host services Sunday.

The Rev. Samuel Lloyd, dean of the cathedral, said that there are no indications that the building has sustained serious structural damage but that structural engineers wanted more time to assess the building. “For safety’s sake, we want to be as careful as we can,” he said Wednesday, explaining the decision to keep the church closed.

“The good news is that this was not devastating,” he said. “It was quite serious, and there are some very important things we’re going to have to deal with, but it could have been much worse.”

Lloyd says he’s confident that the cathedral will go forward with three days of events around the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

"By that point, we will have had the time we need fully to assess what's going on,” he said. “All plans are full steam ahead."

Stonemasons and structural engineers are continuing to assess damage to the cathedral.

“We’ve been crawling all over the building since yesterday afternoon, and it just strikes me the amount of work that’s ahead of us,” the church’s mason foreman, Joe Alonso, said Wednesday. “Again, this is all handmade, this is a handmade building, and I just look at all of these little individual sculptures and works of art.”

“They’re delicate, but they’re still quite large,” he said. “When you look at those pinnacles up close, just knowing what goes into cutting and carving and laying these stones, we’ve got our work cut out for us. But we’re going to do it right.”
The quake struck at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday near the town of Mineral, Virginia, about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. Just 3.7 miles deep, it was felt from Georgia to northern New England.

No major injuries or extensive damage were reported, but the quake prompted evacuations of numerous office buildings – including the U.S. Capitol – and affected operations at a nuclear power plant in Virginia.

An Episcopal church, Washington National Cathedral considers itself a “spiritual home for the nation.” It is the traditional site for official presidential inauguration services and has hosted funeral and memorial services for 10 U.S. presidents.

According to its website, the cathedral was the longest-running project in the history of Washington. Construction began in 1907 and wasn’t completed until 1990.

“The earthquake which struck the East Coast today is a reminder of the continuing evolution of this planet, this fragile Earth, our island home,” said the Episcopal Church’s head, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.

“It is also a reminder of how interconnected we are,” she said in a statement. “The quake damaged Washington National Cathedral and reminded many Episcopalians of the quakes that struck the Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand during the last year.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Church • DC

soundoff (495 Responses)
  1. Naomi

    What happened to the separation of church and state? Americans remove crosses and 10 commandments from everywhere. This church building needs to go along with all major church buildings that have any historic significance. They are all un-con-sti-tu-tional according to anti-christians.

    August 24, 2011 at 5:38 am |
    • AGuest9

      Some of us believe in "live and let live" until others try to ram their belief systems down our/our childrens' throats.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  2. Naomi

    How come the liberals and atheists did not demolish this church building? This building is yet another dangerous proof that America was created by Christians for Christians.

    August 24, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • claybigsby

      I guess all of the mosques in this country are proof that it was created by muslims for muslims?? get a life, get a job, read something other than the bible and educate yourself.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • Naomi

      @Clay-, what's their history? Where is the American National Mosque? Christians created the finest nation without a single pagan or single atheist's help. You parasites.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Where is the American National Mosque?'
      In Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Its the oldest standing mosque in North America.

      'Christians created the finest nation without a single pagan or single atheist's help. You parasites.'
      On the backs of slaves, and you call other people parasites? and seriously, how do you know there were no pagans or atheists help?

      August 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • HappyMeal

      Those slaves have become Christian. It does not happen with false religions.

      August 25, 2011 at 5:23 am |
  3. Naomi

    Thanks to Muslims. If it wasn't you, Americans would have started jailing Christians for speaking up against gay perverts. Americans are very lenient to minorities. They look even worshipping of being a minority. Whatever the outcome is. Americans no longer quest for the truth and proper moral education but seek for meaningless co-existence of any and every evil practices and comforts of any types. Democracy's garbage dead end. What a society needs is not this but a noble, godly purpose toward which everyone is encouraged to strive for.

    August 24, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Peace2All


      Are you just absolutely 'bat-sh!t' crazy...?

      Basically, your whole posting is nonsense.


      August 24, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • Naomi

      @Peace, use clean language. You don't need to read my posts. I'm a minority voice and a voice from the past.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:59 am |

      Oh yes, Naomi, use clean, lovely, inspiring words like: filthy, garbage, pervert, and the rest of your gems.

      August 24, 2011 at 4:11 am |
    • Naomi

      Descriptions are accurate. I'm asking Peace not to cuss.

      August 24, 2011 at 4:15 am |

      You have elevated the word "filthy" to the status of a cuss word. Peace's version is more tame.

      August 24, 2011 at 4:21 am |
    • Peace2All


      " Descriptions are accurate. I'm asking Peace not to cuss. "

      Asking me to not 'cuss' is a red-herring. Your posting made absolutely -0- sense.

      So, -Naomi, if I say... please explain your posting to me, because it makes -0- sense, would you do it...?



      August 24, 2011 at 4:22 am |
    • Naomi

      My dream is to meet an American atheist with a working brain. No such thing exists.

      August 24, 2011 at 5:40 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Atheist Americans with brains?
      How about Stephen Hawking, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Clemens, Noam Chomsky...

      August 24, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Wow Naomi, do you ever stop??? Awhile ago you stated that you always get attacked and thus the reason for you changing your name numerous times over. Are you not cluing in to the reason you get attacked? You constantly attack everyone who fails to accept that what you believe is accurate...you can't have it both ways. Unfortunately, your way of thinking has been proven to be detrimental over and over again by those Atheists with working brains (only 8% of scientists claim to have a belief system in the super natural). How is it you continue to deny the evidence as it is set out before the world?
      We would not attack you if you didn't constantly attack us.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Naomi

      @T-P-, it's atheists who attack Christians in USA. Can you reform your friends saying your message to them?

      August 24, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • i wonder

      @Naomi, "it's atheists who attack Christians in USA"

      What do you mean by "attack"?

      Do you call disagreeing an "attack"? Do you call asking for proof of your antiquated supernatural fantasy an "attack"? Besides that, you might see a lot of heated debate on boards like these, but in real life, do you think that atheists seek out Christians in the street or in the stores or at the workplace and berate them?

      August 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  4. Peace2All

    As far as architecture is concerned, I understand it to be a beautiful building.

    I also understand that they are reporting on this event. However, what I don't quite get here, is why is this any kind of news that belongs on a 'discussion' board...?

    Is this supposed to be how God is 'mad' at us, so he almost destroyed one of his favorite Cathedrals, but he didn't do it all the way, so... it's a 'miracle'...?

    I'm open to any honest and sincere viewpoints in relationship to my query here !




    August 24, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • Naomi

      American atheists are sure mad at a god whom they imagined up. They don't know the true God. Earthquakes hit everywhere.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:53 am |
    • Peace2All


      " American atheists are sure mad at a god whom they imagined up. "

      W T F...?

      " They don't know the true God. "

      Seems that ~38,000 denominations of Christianity are claiming and fighting over the issue as to who this "true God," is exactly. Not to mention the 1.6 billion Muslims, etc... etc...

      So, go ahead... enlighten us all as to who that "True God" is exactly.

      " Earthquakes hit everywhere. "

      Hmm... Yeah, more or less. I guess this is about the only thing that I am in agreement with you.

      Not sure how this last statement fits in with your posting.


      August 24, 2011 at 4:02 am |
    • Naomi

      @Peace-, 4-5 billion humans have similar ideas about God. It's the Western atheists who've got the weirdest original ideas on deity because you guys are warped.

      August 24, 2011 at 4:14 am |
    • Peace2All


      Again... with the nonsense !!!


      August 24, 2011 at 4:24 am |
    • BG

      @ Peace

      Hi guy – I see you're in one of 'those' moods. Ahhh, I know them well.

      You -do- realize that Naomi is just another iteration of our resident schizoid personality?

      August 24, 2011 at 5:52 am |
    • Frogist

      @P2All: Hey SM! Hope you're having a great day!
      I was waiting for an article on the earthquake. I didn't know how they were gonna spin it but I knew it was definitely coming. I had forgotten about the damage to the cathedral. I don't think it's really meant for any sort of discussion. Just as a "Hey! We know you want to talk about the earthquake. So here's an article for ya!"
      As for the "God is mad at us" BS, I'm sure this one will draw out the "end of times" loonies. But all the more fun to watch them scurry about yelling that the sky is falling cuz of teh gayness!
      I think if God is mad at us, isn't it interesting that of all the architecture, this particular site was the one sustaining the most damage? 😉
      Also don't let Naomi under your skin. Just say "Get thee behind me, Naomi!" and you'll be fine.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • BRC

      You have to give what'shernamenow some credit though. For a few hours there she was churning out a whole lot of crazy at a pretty impressive rate. This blogs drops every 3rd post I try to make. Nothing she's said (probably ever) is worth seeing, but she certainly said a lot of it.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Peace2All


      Hey bro... Yeah, I sure was in one of those moods last night. Thanks for the heads-up about -Naomi, as she apparently goes by many other names.

      I usually attempt to stay away from such non-sense that comes from her.

      My Bad ! I should have known.

      Hope that you are well.



      August 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Hey -CK...

      Yeah... thanks to you and -BG for the heads-up. I thought my head was going to explode last night dealing with this crazy person.



      August 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics



      Hey bro... Yeah, I sure was in one of those moods last night. Thanks for the heads-up about -Naomi, as she apparently goes by many other names.

      I usually attempt to stay away from such non-sense that comes from her.

      My Bad ! I should have known.

      Hope that you are well.



      Adelina/Naomi etc has no concept of what a christian is or what freedom really is. This is why she sounds crazy... in christian terms she is not even logical. Quite crazy with no concept of jesus.

      August 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  5. Naomi

    Americans should worry over the damages done to character not to religious buildings. God does not protect His buildings when the peope are immoral.

    August 24, 2011 at 2:51 am |

      You are immoral.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:04 am |
    • Naomi

      I'm not like some Americans who support the perverts who cannot distinguish friendship and romantic love and who show lust towards almost everything in existence or support those women and scientists who slaughter human babies. I'm a normal human being in that regards. Americans needs normality as a human beings in the society. Godliness is a luxury in the West.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:34 am |
  6. Naomi

    When America is immoral, she has no glory or honor of any kind.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:30 am |

      You are immoral, with no glory or honor of any kind.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Naomi

      America had honor and glory before. America needs repentance.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:30 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      When, in your opinion, did America have honour and glory?
      Specific time frames please.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Naomi

      @Doc-, until about 30 years ago. In my memories, all of you became weird after the Vietnam War. What happened? I'd like to know.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  7. Naomi

    Europe and America don't deserve having fancy church buildings. They are so anti-christian they must surrender the buildings to non-Western Christians. Their Christian ancestors would be happier that way. The American forefathers did not build church buildings so their perv Sodomite-like descendants would fatten themselves.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Glad I'm not Naomi/Justina/TangleBrain

      That made even less sense than usual.

      August 24, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • Naomi

      The West is making huge profit by showing the empty church buildings while blaspheming like hell. Your filthy money will turn into trash as you wish.

      August 24, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  8. Bo

    ======== I also agree, it shoulc not be named 'the National Cathedral. (Somewhere, just today, I read that there is a law in Washington DC that there is to no building higher than the Washington Monument.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • Stevie7

      That's actually not the case – about no building can be higher than the monument. Building heights in DC are regulated by the width of the street that they are on. It's for aesthetic purposes. If I'm not mistaken, its because L'Enfant wanted a parisian-type effect

      August 24, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • amr

      The Cathedral's official name is The Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul. It is an Episcopal Church, and the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Washington. The cathedral was built with private money, in a building project that spanned from 1907 to 1990. Although it is most frequently referred to as The National Cathedral, it does not receive any government funding for its operations. That civic events are held in the building is a testimony to the cathedral's ongoing commitment to being a "house of prayer for all people."

      August 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  9. Bo

    ======== I also agree, it shoulc not be named 'the National Cathedral. ( ==================================

    August 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Fluffy likes to be called a dominant rodent.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  10. tallulah13

    It's a beautiful building. I hope it can be restored.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Muneef

      Actually here we are worried about the nation that this building stands for...it will not be as easy lifting or mending once it goes down broken to pieces...!

      August 24, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • tallulah13

      There are a lot of things that concern me, however, as the article is about one particular building, I will confine my comments to that. It's a beautiful building and I hope they can restore it.

      August 24, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • Muneef

      Fine...We are all required to restore the Buildings of our Beautiful Societies....that Concerns Us...Hoping they will be able to Restore it as Should Be....!!

      August 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  11. Muneef

    (An Episcopal church, the Washington National Cathedral considers itself a spiritual home for the nation. It is the traditional site for official presidential inauguration services and for funeral and memorial services for 10 of the 14 presidents of the United States since 1893.)

    The tower sustained damage on three of its four pinnacles, or corner spires, the church said in a statement. Cracks have appeared in some of flying buttresses, though the buttresses supporting the central tower appear to be sound, the church said in a statement.

    Is't in that some sort of warning that the countries Christian Image is Damaged and Cracked...!?

    August 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      Religion: Fools for Christ
      Monday, May 24, 1948

      "All our talk about peace and the weapons of the spirit is meaningless unless we try in every way to embrace voluntary poverty and not work in any position, any job that contributes to war . . . We must give up our place in this world, sacrifice children, family . . . And we will be considered fools for Christ."

      * Corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, harbor the harborless, visit the sick, ransom the captive, and bury the dead. Spiritual works of mercy: to instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, comfort the afilicted, and pray for the living and the dead.


      August 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      Classrooms In Chaos
      Article 1: Douglas S. Winnail
      What is happening to schools in our modern Western world? Why have discipline, order and respect disappeared from an increasing number of classrooms? Why are $exually transmissible diseases skyrocketing among teenagers, and why is suicide a leading cause of death among young people? While parents and educators bemoan these sobering developments, few understand the real causes of the troubles so evident in today's schools. Fewer still grasp the real significance of the dramatic changes we are witnessing among today's youth. However, the Bible and history provide important insights on our present state of affairs—and the Bible alone reveals where these startling changes are taking our youth and our society. Chaotic classrooms and disrespectful students are symptoms of powerful forces building to a climax that will surprise and shock the world in the years just ahead!

      August 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Muneef

      An Atomic Nation..
      Update: Lawsuit over 9-11 cross fails to win much support
      by Dave Ficere

      One group of atheists in America is bearing the cross alone in their attempt to eliminate the Christian symbol from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

      The suit sought to have the cross completely removed or to have “equal representation for all religions” added to the memorial display. The group’s president, Dave Silverman, went so far as to suggest atheists add the symbol of an atom, “because we’re all made of atoms.”

      August 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
    • Muneef

      Morals of America65
      rate or flag this page
      By jacobt2
      Morals of America in the 1960s
      In the 1960s the moral integrity of America began to decline. During the ‘60s America had struggled through racism, poverty, and the Vietnam War, and these struggles greatly affected the culture and the values of America.

      First, the American people began to have a derogatory att-i-tude towards authority. Young people were beginning to lose their old, long-standing morals with the bombardment of all the problems occurring in the US. Slowly, the values of the nation were slipping away and families and churches were not able to specify values and influence behavior in the way that they used to when all people believed in unified purpose. The Protestant denominations in America lost influence and church attendance began to decline. Secularity became more popular, and the people really were drifting from the good principles that the nation was founded on. Even the Roman Catholic Church became less serious and moral. Their hymns were growing more secular and old traditions were being lost.

      August 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • David

      The damage to the National Cathedral has nothing to do with the failure of Christianity in this country but is only a warning that Nature bats last.

      August 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Reality

      Saving Muslims like Muneef is quite easy as long as they have open minds!!!

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      August 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      It took Muneef to get the old Reality back to posting like old times 🙂

      August 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • Muneef


      A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics

      The following treatise on communist brainwashing, which has been published and republished since the 1930s, is an edited version of an actual textbook on Russian "psychopolitics." It was used as a primer, here in America, to teach communist agents how to brainwash people, and, in fact, how to subvert entire populations. While the wording of this particular treatise and there are any number of them may or may not be completely authentic, two things are historically certain: 1) Such brainwashing activities really occurred, and 2) this volume accurately conveys the principles and techniques employed.
      An objective look at the state of America today her inst-i-tutions, her socialistic political-economic drift, her young people's values shows precisely the results that the Soviets, for decades, bragged they wanted to achieve. It is almost as though, while communism is dying (as a political system) throughout most of the world, the seeds of corruption it planted here in the U.S. have germinated and borne bitter fruit.

      Don't take my word for it. Read the following treatise on psychopolitics, and see whether the conditions predicted back then are not exactly what America faces today in the 1990's. Consider the methods described herein the degradation of youth through $ex and drugs, the se-du-ction of this nation's media, educational, and religious inst-i-tutions, the discrediting of her leaders and decide tor yourself whether or not they are the very means that have been employed to accomplish these ends.


      August 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Muneef


      A number of years ago, I set out to para-phrase a Russian Communist text-book t-i-tled PSYCHOPOLITCS; (the art of controlling the mind of an entire nation, in order to subjugate them). It was the Zionist "blueprint for the Communist con-quest of Christendom, which means primarily the White nations of the Free World and the United States in particular.

      This book was introduced to a hand picked group of 48 American college students, who were attending the Lenin School of Psychopolitical Warfare, at the University of Moscow, as the first step in their training to become the cadre for the Communist conquest of America. 45 of these young people were Jews. The book was introduced in 1934, by Laventria Beria, who at that time was the Jewish head of the Russian Secret Police. Beria confidently predicted that Jewish Communism would eventually "have dominion over the minds and bodies of every important person in America", and would "bring about the quiet Communist conquest of the United States".


      August 24, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Muneef

      Brainwashing in America

      by Berit Kjos – 2001
      "Information is useful only if citizens can put it into a framework of knowledge and use it to solve problems, form values, and make choices. Education for sustainability will help them make individual and collective decisions that both benefit themselves and promote the development of sustainable communities. [It] must involve everyone." [4] President [Clinton]'s Council on Sustainable Development

      "...absolute behavior control is imminent.... The critical point of behavior control, in effect, is sneaking up on mankind without his self-conscious realization that a crisis is at hand. Man will... never self-consciously know that it has happened." [1]  Raymond Houghton, To Nurture Humaneness, ASCD (curriculum arm of the NEA), 1970
      "The Protestant Ethic will atrophy as more and more enjoy varied leisure and guaranteed sustenance.... Most people will tend to be hedonistic..." [2]  Behavioral Science Teacher Education Program (B-STEP), Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1969.
      "We were trained in all phases of warfare, both psychological and physical for the destruction of the Capitalistic society and Christian civilization. In one portion of our studies we went thoroughly into the matter of psychopolitics. This was the art of capturing the minds of a nation through brainwashing and fake mental health... During the past few years I have noted with horror the increase of psychopolitical warfare upon the American public." [3] Kenneth Goff, member of the U.S. Communist Party from 1936 to 1939.

      August 24, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Muneef

      Mark from Middle River.

      Miss you to... 😉

      August 24, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Muneef

      Not sure whether you mean brainwashing by saying Saving Muneef quite easy?

      August 24, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Reality

      It is obvious that Muneef's mind is severely contaminated with the Three B Syndrome. In his case being Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Islam but being caring individuals we will continue to try to cure him along with his sister and brother Muslims..

      August 24, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Muneef

      How very considerate of you... We look forward to the healing of all our societies to Worshipping the One and the Only...towards improving morals and ethics.....towards Live and Let Live of Individuals,Communities,Societies,Nations...!
      Peace to all but not Peace in return of Lands as the Israeli version of Peace....!

      August 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  12. RightTurnClyde

    What happened to the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument? What abot teh Capitol and the SOB and the WH and the museums and the zoo? Hopefully at least a few politicians were done in.

    August 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  13. Bo

    Just have a moment before I have to go, but I wonder why it is that when something bad happens to good people that there are people wanting to say, where is your God; wasn't He looking after you? Bad things happen to both the good and the bad, and good things happen to the good and bad, these things are not a test of righouness or evil. Wnen bad things happen to good people they can be used as steping stones to increase their faith and characters, but I don't know how those that are unbelievers view it, other than a "O' well, that's life."

    August 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Steve Schlicht

      Oh, well, that's life!

      Now, let's see if anyone needs help.


      Steve Schlicht
      Biloxi MS

      August 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Martin T

      But don't you see, Bo, that is the greatest cop-out of ALL TIME and has been the catch-all of Christians since the beginning of that religion. IF something good happens, it is god's blessing; if something bad happens, it is god's plan. We aren't smart enough to understand his plan for us, but the fact is, I am SMART enough to see the failure of any "plan" that might be made by a god that is unseen and simply unbelievable. Your god is a colossal failure, one only need look at the number of children he "allows" to die under the worst of conditions. Nope, you can condescend all day, but the fact is, he isn't around.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Honestly, Bo, I didn't read anything like that on this thread Just a lot of strangeness about squirrels...

      August 24, 2011 at 2:55 am |
  14. Martin T

    While I do not condone religion in any way, I do think that the architecture of some of the old churches are awesome. I'm sorry to hear of any great old building being harmed. Guess god wasn't on duty today when the quake hit.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Martin T

      You said "Guess god wasn't on duty today when the quake hit."

      No, no no. That earthquake was sent by god to tell us something. He is telling us to stay out of the National Cathedral. He must have a beef with that church. Since this is an episcopal church, this is absolute proof that the episcopals must be wrong. Why else would their god destroy their building of worship?

      August 24, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  15. Ozzy

    Despite the easy jokes that can be made, it's an impressive piece of architecture, shame about being damaged.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Schizophrenic Christian Squirrel

      Yes it is, it is sad it is wasted on religion

      August 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • i wonder

      I agree with both of you. I also contend that it should be properly named..., "The Washington Episcopal Cathedral" or something like that and not, "The Washington National Cathedral", which suggests a national religion and religious building.

      August 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • JasonB

      @ i wonder

      You know, as a Missionary Baptist (and not of Eddie Long's so called churches) I couldn't agree with you more. That building nor its episcopals represent us. It shouldn't be recognized as the Natl Cathedral, that's what happened first with the antichrist pope, then in England, which brought the Church to this land in the first place.

      But I have been inside and it is a beautiful building. Looking at the pictures, it doesn't look too bad for damage though, and should be a relatively easy repair – for those who like to climb.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  16. Schizophrenic Christian Squirrel

    God also talks to squirrels

    August 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Squirrely Bob, High Priest of Squirrelianity

      Here is the secret, you sniveling arrogant humans! God is a squirrel! This truth is known to all true truth knowers! You humans are fools!

      God sent his son to Earth to save the squirrels and selected other animals. His son was the lamb of God. Literally! Jesus was a lamb, bah bah, four hooves and really worried about all the funny lust-filled looks he was getting there in the Middle East!

      You are all doomed, bi-ped earth-wreckers! You can terrorize us squirrels with your cars with their evil squishy tires, but you will soon meet your maker and realize that you chose the WRONG GOD and now must spend eternity it The Lake Of Peanut Butter! Not as scary-sounding as the Lake of Fire, but your teeth will get really really gnashy there!

      August 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Schizophrenic Christian Squirrel

      Squirrely Bob speaks the truth from the Gospel of Rocky.

      August 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Schizophrenic Christian Squirrel

      Jesus turned from the gentiles to the squirrels.

      August 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Chipmunk Prophet

      Nonsense. Everyone knows God is a giant chipmunk. You squirrel believers need to wake up and smell the nuts.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  17. Uncouth Swain

    "rising to a greater height than even the Washington Monument."

    Hmmm, learned something new.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Rollergirl

      Thanks for the vacuous comment.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Whirled Squirrel Soup

      Rollergirl, thanks for the use of your vacuous body parts.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Rollergurl- sorry, but that was the most interesting part of the whole article

      August 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  18. i wonder

    Shouldn't places, companies and others, who use the words "National", "American", "United States", and the like in their names, be required to attach a disclaimer that they are not affiliated with the government of said nation?

    August 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  19. This is the Police! Put the Squirrel Down and Step Back!

    No, squirrel flinger! It's a miracle! A true sign of God for those open to believing! The church did not fall down! What perfect proof of God's love!

    August 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm |

      @This is the Police

      Please tell me you're joking.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Officer Edgar Allen Poe's Law, Squirrel Police


      August 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Whirled Squirrel Soup

      God made squirrels so we'd never have to do laundry naked.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  20. Squirrel-Juggling Jesus

    God must not like churches – that's why they get destroyed in earthquakes and tornados.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Whirled Squirrel Soup

      Squirrels are wise in the ways of god. I bet you've never seen a squirrel build a church.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Hey there. Well, since we survived May 21, each day is a gift, cracked church towers or no. Actually Fluffy likes to hear the music at the National Cathedral. They will rebuild, and those Episcopalians are pretty smart financial types. I bet it's all insured, and probably an endowment fund of one sort or another will pay for the damage. 🙂

      August 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Chipmunk Prophet

      The real problem will be finding stone masons and skilled carvers to do the work. Fewer of them all the time.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Naomi

      God had told Israelites they would lose their glorious temple by destruction if they become immoral, and that happened. The weakening of Christianity is a woe in the immoral West. In the West, the only buildings worth to see are the church buildings.

      August 24, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Now that's impressive.
      In a thread dominated by rodents, Naomi managed to spout the squirreliest epithet.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • AGuest9

      In Pennsylvania in the early 1900s, a newspaper writer was incredulous that a "cyclone" swept down a street, demolishing the steeples of two churches while leaving "a house of ill-repute" between the two untouched.

      August 24, 2011 at 10:18 am |
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