There’s no way this isn’t intentional. It’s pretty outrageous in light of the sacrifice of Fr. Mychal Judge on 9-11.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has refused to invite any member of the clergy to have a role in the ceremony marking ten years after the WTC attack. Here’s the thing -if it was an accident or an oversight it would’ve been corrected when it came to light originally in the Wall Street Journal but it seems that Bloomberg is persisting.
To be honest, I don’t think it’s so much anti-Christian as it is political correctness and political calculation. But I’m not letting them off the hook here. I think that for many in politics, faith doesn’t play a role in their lives so religions are something only that need to be handled or managed, and only reluctantly at that. I’d bet they were worried that if they invited a Catholic priest wouldn’t they also have to invite a Muslim imam to make things all equal and politically correct. So instead of dealing with that headache (and that would be a pretty big headache) they just said no clergy at all. And then patted themselves on the back for dodging that bullet.
But it still ignores the fact that Christianity played a large role in 9-11 from the thousands and thousands who rediscovered their faith through the tragedy, through the sacrific of Fr. Mychal Judge, and to those who saw that steel cross almost impossibly standing in the wreckage of the World Trade Center and were inspired.
“This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me,” said Rudy Washington, a former deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani. “I feel like America has lost its way.”
A spokewoman from Bloomberg’s office told The Journal that the focus, as in past years, will be on the family members of the fallen. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik told the paper he understood the mayor’s decision, saying, “I don’t know how to make it possible for everyone to have a place at the table.”
But opponents say faith played an important role in the country after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
There was a plethora of interfaith events, and New York Magazine even named New York Fire Department chaplain Mychal Judge, who died in the attack and is immortalized in a picture being carried from a tower, the “most famous victim of the World Trade Center attack.”
City Council member Fernando Cabrera, who is a pastor at a Bronx church, told The Journal he was “utterly disappointed” by the absence of clergy.
“They were the spiritual and emotional backbone, and when you have a situation where people are trying to find meaning, where something is bigger than them, when you have a crisis of this level, they often look to the clergy,” he said.