Today, I wrote an editorial in USA Today urging Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider his decision to ban clergy – of all faiths – and prayer from the 9/11 10th anniversary memorial service at Ground Zero.
It is a solemn occasion. A time to reflect on those we have lost. And a time for prayer for our nation and all those still suffering.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said it best when he recently stated that following 9/11, “hundreds and thousands of families turned to God more than they had in the past.” He went on to call on Mayor Bloomberg to include prayer at the 9/11 ceremony.
Giuliani is exactly right. Prayer should be a part of this ceremony. That is why the ACLJ is taking action, sending a letter to Mayor Bloomberg on behalf of thousands of Americans who believe that prayer is an appropriate way to commemorate this solemn occasion.
Including prayer at the 9/11 memorial service will not cause a constitutional crisis. In fact, the Supreme Court has consistently recognized the important place that prayer, especially public prayer, has in our society.
Even Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Council opens each meeting with a prayer delivered by clergy of a variety of different faiths. It is frankly hard to imagine a memorial service without prayer.
A number of Americans – religious and non-religious – are calling for Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider. Today, I discussed this fact in my USA Today editorial. Please take a moment to read this important article and share it with your friends and family through email, Facebook and Twitter.
Prayer played a huge role bringing Americans together in the days following 9/11, as hundreds of thousands of Americans turned to God in prayer following that horrific attack. It is crucial that we take a stand for the families of those who lost loved ones and for the survivors who risked their lives that tragic day, who have been ministered to over the years by their faith and the prayers of thousands of Americans.
Stand with the ACLJ and send a powerful message to Mayor Bloomberg thatprayer has played a vitally important role in our healing as a nation and should be included as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Sign on to our letter to Permit Prayer at the 9/11 Anniversary.
After you have signed our letter, please take a moment to share it on Facebook, and forward this email to anyone you know who believes that prayer should be a part of the 9/11 memorial service.
Thank you for taking a stand for prayer on 9/11. I will be spending some time in prayer on September 11th, and I encourage you to do the same.
P.S. Please take a moment and read my editorial in USA Today, explaining that having prayer at the 9/11 ceremony is legal and urging Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider his decision banning prayer and clergy from the memorial service.
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