Mayor Bloomberg Excludes Prayer from 9/11 Ceremony

Amid the shock, horror, and grief that remained in the aftermath of 9/11, Americans of many different faiths reached out to their religious leaders for guidance and strength. Days after the attack on America, President Bush spoke at a national memorial service at our National Cathedral, and clergy of various faiths offered prayers in conjunction with the president’s remarks.

Yet on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg has decided that clergy will be excluded from the 9/11 memorial ceremony. Bloomberg says the memorial schedule is too busy to allow prayer. Despite outrage from the American public and calls from religious leaders asking Mayor Bloomberg to reverse his decision, Bloomberg has turned a deaf ear to the protests.

Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor in former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, said he’s outraged. “This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me,” I feel likeAmericahas lost its way,” said Mr. Washington, who has suffered severe medical problems connected to the time he spent at Ground Zero.

Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins said that Americans “turned to God for solace” after the tragedy of 9/11and that the clergy were part of the healing process. “At a Ground Zero commemoration for the families of victims, Mayor Bloomberg is allowing the presence of politicians and presidents, but no pastors or prayer. The mayor of course will be there, but politicians weren’t then — and are not now — nearly enough.”

New York City Council member Fernando Cabrera, a pastor in the Bronx, said faith was one of the “pillars that carried us through” the days after the attacks and called religious leaders “the spiritual and emotional backbone.”

“When you have a situation where people are trying to find meaning, where something is this big, when you have a crisis of this level, they often look to the clergy,” added Cabrera, who said excluding religious leaders from the ceremony was “wiping out the recognition of the importance that spirituality plays on that day.”

The American public is also voicing their anger and disappointment. A groundswell of protest is appearing on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Bloggers are outraged and prayer groups are being organized for the 9/11 anniversary.

We call on Mayor Bloomberg to heed the will of the American people. Honor their right to receive guidance and strength from their religious leaders on this day of healing and remembrance.

Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”


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10 years ago

Christianne.Hey your post makes me think of a prayer that Isaiah preyad. (45:15) Isaiah cried: Truly you are a God who hides Himself. I am by no means an authority on spiritual matters as we both know, but I will tell you something from the days that God was real in my life. God is answering your prayer Christianne. You have been crying to Him. Your prayers have been like what I was speaking of concerning Job. They are groanings which you have not been able to articulate with your human understanding. But, at the root of them is a desire to know God more deeply, experience Him more fully and the dark night that you are experiencing is His answer to your cry.I used to think when I preyad for more of God that meant more of His peace, presence, glory and that it was, but the pathway to reach more of God is a very dark and very lonely place. It is a feeling of utter abandonment by God. That feeling you are feeling is a spiritual hunger. It is a sign of spiritual thirst. It is a painful cry and that cry is the very thing that is leading you down this path. I suspect that you already know these things .I am only offering a gentle reminder my friend.If Jesus were standing before you right at this moment I suspect that He would say: Fear not my love are being invited into the bridegrooms inner chambers. (Joel 2:16)Here is something you might want to read or may already know about. We have talked about this dark night of the soul before. Notebooks of Paul Brunton Chpt 3 The dark night of the Soul.Love to you my friend.T

10 years ago

One similar thing which is ahgutt in hinduism sir. There are 7 kinds of devotions. Of these, 3 are very easy to attain Friendly devotion( God is our Best Friend), Parential Devotion(God is either our father or mother), Love to god(We are female & God is our lover). In each of these cases, the key thought of speaking to God directly in the heaven applies but in different ways depending on which type of devotion we adopt. This certainly makes way for maturity in character, seeing everything as the creation of God and to one conclusion that Nothing created by God in this Universe is a waste .But my conclusion is that religions are just different cultures from different parts of the world. They differ in the way by which they pray to God, But the omnipresent God is the same anywhere & always.

10 years ago

he felt the same way but that we live so far apart (1000 miles) and he just didn’t know. Well, we continued to talk on the phone eeavydry. I had planned to go to see my friend that lived in the same area so He and I made plans also. It ended the same way. I feel so lost, so in limbo. Before having contact with this man, I dated but never felt like I wanted anyone permanent in my life again. I loved my freedom and time with my daughter and grandaughter. Now I feel like I am addicted to a drug or something. (Not that I ever have been addicted to a drug) but this is the way I feel..I want to talk to him all the time. I think he felt the same way but I am scared I have driven him to think I am off my rocker and a stalker!! Really, I have not felt this way since I was a young girl with puppy love. If anyone out there has any insite to help me to get hold of myself and give this to God and let him lead me where I should be. I just feel so sad and obcessed with this. Please please pray for me.

10 years ago

iPhoneSmiles97 on September 11, 2011 @StandardAlOh, just shut up you immature idiot. If you want to be pro chioce, than fine. I just hope you know yo are making a HUGE mistake. And watch your language. Don’t be saying that to me.

10 years ago

Several months ago I was anhivg similar dificulty with my praying. A post on this blog about Heavenly Mother gave me the idea to imagine both a feminine and a masculine god as I prayed. I also changed the language in my personal prayers to be more inclusive, using Mother-Father God or just God and speaking on a more personal level, as if I were speaking to my own earthly parents. Just making these simple changes has given me a freedom in my prayers that I can’t really describe. I feel more at one with my Heavenly Parents and feel and see their love more fully in the world around me.I understand the conventions of more formal public prayers, but I have concluded that there is no wrong way to pray when it is just between one individual and God.

10 years ago

brakmaster on November 6, 2011 Oh well why not give it a shot, there’s nhintog to lose, so I guess there’s everything to win! And cmon who doesn’t like sony products!

10 years ago

Bloomberg not havin

Lee Overbey
10 years ago

He is a typical left wing whacko who bought his position because no person in their right mind would vote for this imbicile.

10 years ago

WOW, after reading all these comments OBUMA should lose this election in 2012 for sure, but we do have the IDIOT crowd and its growing folks in the large cities like NY and LA and god forbid SAN FRANCISCO home of the fruits and nuts. Pray that OBUMA gets the boot in 2012.

Rex Walker
10 years ago

We should all pray for Mayor Bloomberg, Then refer him to his heritage, to see what God did to the Hebrews that disobeyed him. He should try reading the old testament, and get a Rabbi to explain it to him.

Judy Levine
10 years ago

As a fellow Jew I’am horrified at the mayors response. He’s a coward by trying to be politically correct. What values does he live by? I guess he wants to be neutral…like Switzerland!

Shirley Snow
10 years ago

The people who voted in Bloomberg must have also voted for Obama. Two idiots who are bent on ruining our country. May God bless the USA and the millions of Christians in this wonderful country. Vote them out!!!!!!!!!

adam principe
10 years ago

This may be the only mayor worst than David Dinkins What about term limits.Democrat,Republican,Independant,just rich,and what about the trafficand the snow removal and his subway rides with four body guards

10 years ago

It’s not over til the fat lady sings. I read everyone’s responses and they are valid and anger is just. Let’s pray for Bloomberg, pray for muslims, pray for our military, pray for our government, pray for our leaders that God will come into their lives to change their thoughts and actions to become Christ like. What do you think readers and writers ?

10 years ago

Elliot, you asked of a link to some organized petition we can sign? The answer is: There is the organization called the American Citizen and we can vote this guy out. Thanks for the question….it is so simple yet sooo important that your question be addressed.

shelley lumpkin
10 years ago

he feels this way about prayer…he must have been hiding under his bed like a little whipped puppy when the planes hit he is nothing but a coward so why is he kept in power

George Michaud
10 years ago

To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

-Ronald Reagan
That’s an analogy of of what’s happening in America from D.C. to N.Y to CA. We had better do something about it. Thank God for The Tea Party.

Claude Dies
10 years ago

By the by, Noonan, you sound like a pinhead……without Fox there would be no news…….

Claude Dies
10 years ago

The problem is not Bloomberg. The problem is the idiots who vote egotistical blowhards like him into office…

10 years ago

There is no god, geniuses. This is a gov’t sponsored event, not a church gathering. Where was your imaginary god when the victims in the planes cried out to him? No where. He either didn’t care to stop the attack or was helpless to do so. Either way , useless. Wake up and read a different book for once. Oh and turn off FAUX news, it’s crap.

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