I love Mayor Mike, even if giving himself a third term was irksome. I don’t think we’d have marriage equality without his lobbying, and this latest brings a smile to my face: he’s leaving out religious figures from the upcoming 9/11 anniversary and memorial. They are, of course, outraged.
Some New York politicians and religious leaders are criticizing Mayor Michael Bloomberg for not offering clergy members a role in the high-profile ceremonies marking 10 years since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“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.”