I watched this today on the 700 Club & was interested in what Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice spoke about the 9/11 10th anniversary service’s lack of clergy. Starts @ 2:54. I wanted to share it with you. ~ JP
However, critics say his clergy ban shows a prejudice against religion.
In a speech Tuesday on the 9/11 terror attacks, Bloomberg said the hijackers did more than target two buildings.
“They attacked the freedom that defines our city and country. The freedom to think and speak and worship and love as we wish,” he explained.
Bloomberg’s barring participation by faith leaders in the city’s 10th anniversary service has sparked protests from a variety of Christian leaders.
“At times of grief people don’t turn to politicians, they turn to God. So having clergy there who can both lead people before God and also grant them comfort in their time of grief, I think is extremely important,” Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, told CBN News.
The Family Research Council and other groups have organized petition drives to protest the mayor’s decision.
Other leaders — like Rev. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention — have questioned Bloomberg, especially because so many faith groups were among the first responders 10 years ago.
Even a Los Angeles Times editorial noted, “If a minister can deliver an invocation at a presidential inauguration, it’s hard to see a constitutional argument against a non-denominational, clergy-led prayer at a city’s memorial event.”
Religion has certainly been a part of other 9/11 memorials, most notably the service at the National Cathedral right after the attacks. President Obama is scheduled to speak at the cathedral this weekend at an anniversary service.
Critics of Bloomberg point out the nation has turned to God in times of need throughout its history.
“When America and the allies invaded Europe on D-Day in 1944, President Roosevelt led the nation in prayer on a national radio broadcast for 10 minutes asking for blessings for our troops. So this is not a partisan issue and it’s not just a current fad,” Klukowski said.
~ It is so important to think about what Jay said:
“Obama etal is deliberately sanitizing 9/11 & Bloomberg is following this lousy admin’s lead on this.”
“Obama sent down a memo, which is getting little reporting (SO PLEASE share this with your social media, friends, family, etc.).”
This one tricked my trigger where I was yelling @ the TV. FIRST RESPONDERS are NOT allowed either!!! At this point Pat himself was livid.
Jay went onto say:
“This administration does NOT want to acknowledge the fact WE WERE ATTACKED on 9/11 by RADICAL ISLAMISTS.”
“Bloomberg has supproted the GZ mosque BUT is prohibting clergy & prayer on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11!”
This from FOX Radio:
National Cathedral Invites Muslims, but Not Evangelicals to 9/11 Service
A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event.
“A Call to Compassion” will include an interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11th. It will feature the dean of the Cathedral, the Bishop of Washington, a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.
However, Southern Baptists, representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, were not invited to participate – and neither were leaders from any evangelical Christian organization.
“It’s not surprising,” said Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “There is a tragic intolerance toward Protestants and particularly toward evangelicals and I wish the president would refuse to speak unless it was more representative.”
Read the bad news: EVANGELICALS NOT INVITED TO 9-11 EVENT
You surely will be as spitting mad as me. Makes sure you share this post FAR & WIDE! ~ JP