Thursday, August 25, 2011


"They weren't invited the first time either."

On September 11, 2011, ten years after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington DC, there will be a memorial event in the rubble that once was the Twin Towers. Across America, similar memorial events will take place and I have no doubt that many of you are planning something as well.

Planning this kind of event takes a while, and details of what will take place are starting to leak out, details which do not have people very happy.

For example, Mayor Bloomberg has denied clergy access to the memorial. There will be no prayer, no religious aspect whatsoever. After the actual event, there was an interfaith event at Yankee Stadium, but the memorial will have nothing of the sort.

OK so Mayor Bloomberg wants no prayers and wants it to be totally secular. That's interesting, since he said just yesterday "you do not want the government picking religions" and secularism is a religious belief which he wants to promote but that's not unusual these days. I've noted this in the past: you cannot have true religious pluralism; one always is dominant.

But that's not all. Bloomberg has also told firemen and other first responders they can't be part of the ceremony, either. The problem cited is one of room: there isn't enough to let any of the people who saved lives go in. There will be politicians there: congressmen from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will all be there, but no firemen.

I do understand that space is an issue, with new construction there's not as much room as there was, and since the president will rightly be there (lets hope he can avoid bashing the Tea Party and GOP for one speech this year), security is also an issue. But seriously? Leaving these guys out? Leave out the politicians. They contributed nothing and represent nothing. The president is fine, but the rest should watch from home.

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