FILE – This Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 file photo shows the nave of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington. A day after Donald Trump is sworn in, that he and his cabinet plan to attend a prayer service in the cathedral, where “all religions will be represented, at his request,” according to the Washington Episcopal bishop who oversees the cathedral. But the usual ceremony is complicated, this time by anger over the president-elect’s rhetoric about Muslims, immigrants and others. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Donald Trump’s Inaugural weekend, an interfaith prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral. The Jan. 21 event will be complicated by anger over the president-elect’s rhetoric about Muslims, immigrants and others.
It is customary to make this an interfaith event. In 2013, the cathedral hosted President Barack Obama and about two dozen religious leaders, including Muslims, evangelicals, Orthodox Christians, Sikhs and Jews.
Trump’s supporters say that this is an interfaith service, the focus is on unity and reconciliation. Trump has called Mexicans are rapists, and proposed severe restrictions on immigrants and refugees from Islamic countries.
While Trump overwhelmingly won white evangelical voters, he is condemned by many religious leaders about his state over immigrants and Muslims. The bad feeling can undermine the efforts of the organizers to attract clergy participants for the cathedral service.