Photo story: Pre-Conference Sacred Spaces Tour in Washington, D.C.

Religion is part of the political mix in Washington, D.C., and members got a taste of that in the 2018 edition of RMIG’s pre-conference tradition of touring sacred spaces.

Organizer Rick Moore, professor of media arts in the Department of Communication at Boise State University, mixed national political offices with some landmarks and a lunch stop for a packed day. National offices included the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Church of Scientology. Landmarks, with guides, included the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center and the Washington National Cathedral.

RMIG members were taken up for a rare look at the Washington National Cathedral from a narrow walkway just beneath the large rose window, which features a creation theme. Photo by Glenn Cook

The cathedral is still undergoing repairs for damage caused by a rare 5.8 magnitude earthquake in 2011. Photo by Glenn Cook

RMIG members visit the Washington National Cathedral pulpit, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last Sunday sermon. Photo by Joe Grimm

The U.S. Capitol dome appears in the background of this scene in which a guide explaining things to five journalists.

The RMIG group visits the Newseum rooftop deck, which offers a clear view of the Capitol. Photo by Joe Grimm

A Newseum docent describes this photo of Ieshia Evans being arrested for blocking traffic at a 2016 protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Evans, a licensed practical nurse, described her actions as “the work of God.” Evans was photographed by Jonathan Bachman for Reuters. “Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography,” will be on display through Jan. 20, 2019. Photo by Joe Grimm

Joel Campbell of Brigham Young University examines the religion display, one of five at the Newseum representing First Amendment Freedoms. Photo by Joe Grimm

The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Arsalan Bukhari describes a controversy in which Nike created a shoe with a design on the heel similar to the Arabic word for Allah. CAIR objected and worked with Nike on a resolution. Bukhari told RMIG members that CAIR is seeing more slurs slip into headlines in 2018 and that he believes this is related to a rise in Islamophobic speech and the record level of hate crimes against Muslims.
Photo by Joe Grimm

This table at the Religious Action Center is where the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were drawn up. RMIG members sat at the table on Aug. 5, 2018, one day before the 53rd anniversary of the act’s signing. Photo by Joe Grimm

Pubic Affairs Director Sylvia Stanard explains Church of Scientology issues in the boardroom. The 1890 beaux arts building was the home of home of New York merchant George S. Fraser. Scientology acquired the building in 1994 and now uses is as its national affairs office. Photo by Joe Grimm

Follow RMIG’s newsletters and social media as we get closer to the 2019 AEJMC conference in Toronto to see plans for the next Sacred Spaces Tour.

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