Bloomberg Bans 9/11 Responders First, Now Clergy
By: Rebecca Figone
I cannot express in words to the point of effect, to give the gravity of the issue of 9/11/01 and the toll that it took on this nation and her people. It rocked us to the core; it united us too, not only in grief, but in patriotic love of country. Everyone cared a little more about their neighbor, and America was sure of one thing, that it had a dark and dangerous enemy.
There have been so many issues through the course of the last almost 10 years, that have lead us to believe that there are many factors still at play underlying the reasoning for terror and why it happens. Meanwhile, today what strikes terror in my own heart is something a bit different. Something else is happening, and with it, I see more losses of freedoms hanging in the sway.
How is it, that the mayor of a city has a right to exclude specific groups of individuals from attending the 9/11 Memorial, 10th year anniversary held in a public location? If we are allowed to gather on public property, if we are allowed freedom of speech, if we are allowed the right of free exercise thereof of religion, then what is the direct exclusion of these groups creating, other than division and controversy?
First, Mayor Bloomberg came out with a statement: that 9/11 First Responders would not be permitted to attend the Memorial. Here is a link to that story. Though, they had not ever been invited to attend, being barred from an event is different than not receiving an invite to a public event.
Now, yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg has gone one step further. Clergy have been banned from the event. Interestingly enough, an excuse that Mayor Bloomberg made, was that by inviting one faith, he would have be subjected to having to invite them all. There were people of all faiths who died that day, so why not invite them all? Please see this link for more details on this issue. An additional link that ties both issues together, is here.
To exclude clergy at the death site memorial of thousands of our own people, is sad and for me it is reprehensible. Is this where we are? Is this what has become of America?
Please do take a moment to see what has been done at Ground Zero.