Bloomberg, Faith Groups Face Off Over 9/11 Prayers
Say what you will about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but he sticks to his guns. As the tenth anniversary of the heinous 9/11 attacks on this country arrives, Bloomberg remains adamant that no specific religious clergy will offer prayers at the ceremony. In keeping with the tradition of the ceremony and honoring the victims' families' wishes, the event will be a solemn and spiritual reflection on the day and the many lost. Let this also serve as a microcosm of the country as a whole, that many people represent many many religious affiliations (or none at all) and because of that, it is important to let communal events and government functions reflect the spectrum of the people, not just the most populous' religious affiliations over others. I'm sure it will be a moving ceremony with the backdrop of the new tower and memorial museum framing the progress at the ground zero sight. The Science Channel is running a special on the current construction of the new site and memorial and it is an amazing look into the lives of the steel workers and museum curators and everything that is going into making a site that is focused on social progress but at the same time providing a solemn place for reflection and honoring those we lost that fateful day.
Science Channel - Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero