Sunday, August 28, 2011

New York Mayor Bloomberg Says "No" To Prayer At Ground Zero Memorial Ceremony

By Rev. Michael Bresciani
August 28, 2011

It is no secret that New York's Mayor Bloomberg has decided not to ask clergy of any religion to be part in the tenth anniversary ceremonies at Ground Zero.  A cross section of responses from both religious and secular sources shows that most people are shocked or at the least scratching their heads in wonderment at Bloomberg's decision.

Bloomberg said that government "shouldn't be in the business of picking" one minister or religion over another.  That being true, it raises two simple but important questions.  The first is, who asked him to pick?  Is Mr. Bloomberg the Mayor, or is he New York's pastor?

The second question should be whether he has considered asking the families of 9/11 victims if they want clergy to be present and to offer prayers. The ceremony is not about the government and it has never been.


  1. If I recall correctly, one of the 9/11 victims was Rev. Michael Judge, the NYFD chaplin.  I'm sure he will be praying for Mr. Bloomberg at Ground Zero.

  2. How could that be?  Prayer would be the fundimental part of the cerimonies, wouldn't it?  Why would anyone object to prayer...they could have had a five minute limit for each clergy from any sector who would volunteer to speak.  No one asked Bloomberg anyway...why should he get to say that?

  3. I would welcome it if the attendees began a prayer en masse, whether or not Bloomberg wants to participate.