Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently doesn't get it. Instead of permitting religious leaders to take part in what is a very traumatic and emotionally-charged event, he has decided to ban the clergy. The City says the ceremonies on 9/11 have never started with prayer, and this year will be the same.
As you might expect, that decision has touched a raw nerve with New York clergy. "During times like this, government does not have the answer, because people are looking for meaning," said City Councilman and Pastor, Fernando Cabrera. "What's wrong with prayer?"
The City's position on banning clergy from the 9/11 event is about as absurd as the lawsuit filed recently attempting to remove a symbolic cross from a new museum at Ground Zero.
As you may recall, the group, American Atheists, went to court to get this symbol - two steel beams that survived the devastation of 9/11 - removed from the museum claiming the mere sight of the cross made them ill. We're preparing an amicus brief backing this historic symbol on behalf of more than 100,000 Americans.
As the 10th anniversary of 9-11 draws near, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the thousands who were murdered that day - at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.