And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city."By now everyone has heard that Mayor Bloomberg of New York excluded any priests, pastors, rabbis or imams from the official tenth anniversary of 9/11. In fact no prayer was allowed.
– Acts 18:9-10
The godless Mayor Bloomberg was highly criticized for his decision by many Christians. I won't go into Bloomberg's lame reasons for this decision because they are, well, lame. Among the many excuses he offered was one that somehow a moment of silence could substitute for public prayer.
And as expected the secularist in chief, Barack Obama, had no comment -- signifying that he was in utter agreement with the plan to ban God from being visibly present. Yes, this is one more reason why I blame Obama for the blatant attacks on Christianity in the media and from corporations. One call from the White House is all it would have taken to straighten out Bloomberg; one comment in a press conference. But the bully pulpit is occupied by an agent of the humanists.
This sets a new precedent for America. Never before has there been an important national event in the history of this country where Christians were excluded from leading people in prayer. Never before!
What is next? I shudder to think.
So what is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan's reaction to all this? The Washington Post reports that Archbishop Dolan said that he agrees with the decision.
Meanwhile, the New York Times piece on this subject was written by their top anti-religion propagandist, Laurie Goodstein. It's titled "Omitting Clergy at 9/11 Ceremony Prompts Protest".
Can you appreciate the subtlety of Goodstein's title? It's the clergy that are protesting, as if this was some sort of unreasonable demand by a bunch of outsiders.
In an apparent attempt to dampen the "protests", Obama read Psalm 46 when it was his turn to speak at the New York 9/11 commemoration.
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UPDATE (Sep 12):
I just discovered that Mayor Bloomberg attended a Memorial Service for the 343 firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11. The service was held on Saturday, September 10, at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Not only was Bloomberg present, but he also spoke from the podium. (Presumably not the pulpit.) Archbishop Dolan was also present, although the local CBS news report doesn't even make any mention of it while featuring a quote from Bloomberg.
There is a video of the event from NY1 which is well worth watching. It shows two of the children of the fallen NYFD giving touching tributes to their fathers. It also shows Mayor Bloomberg speaking and a Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. Archbishop Dolan does not appear in the video.
My question is, why is Mayor Bloomberg welcome into the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York? He was instrumental in passing the "homosexual marriage" bill in New York State and refused to welcome religious leaders to the official 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero. No one has done more to undermine the Catholic Church and the Christian religion in New York City.
Bishop DiMarzio of Brooklyn placed a ban on all politicians participating at any celebrations on Church property after the "homosexual marriage" defeat. Bloomberg made a media spectacle of the first day in which "homosexual marriage" was legal in New York. He personally presided over a "marriage" ceremony that day. He ordered city offices to be open on a Sunday in order to accommodate this triumphant celebration.
St. Patrick's Cathedral is a House of God. Michael Bloomberg by his very presence desecrates that temple. This is my opinion which is obviously not shared by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.