Don't Separate God and 9/11
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  • vanderleun

    Bloomberg is now and always has been a small man in much more than stature alone.

    This merely confirms his atrophied soul.

  • Corlyss

    I thought everyone knew that America’s “civic religion” is the Constitution and the traditions of reverence surrounding it. It’s a metaphor, not an allusion to a real religion, not even a hat tip to our great multifaith character.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      The phrase “civic religion” is used by many different people in many different ways.

  • Jim.

    A man like Bloomberg must never be president. He is nothing outside the small, insular culture of New York, and incapable of understanding the wider world.

  • Mrs. Davis

    Some aren’t aware this is going on.

  • Toni

    Mayor Bloomberg is the sort of nanny-state politician who doesn’t acknowledge any power greater than his. Laws to purge smoking and trans-fats? Done! Prayers for solace after tragedy? Nyet!

  • WigWag

    “It is a shame that Mayor Bloomberg feels something as basic as including religious diversity in a thoughtful way at an important public events is beyond his capacity.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    Why Bloomberg is excluding even a scintilla of religious expression at the anniversary observances is truly mind boggling. Ground Zero is as iconic a mass grave site as we have in the United States; the only thing that even comes close is the Gettysburg battlefield. If a diverse expression of religious beliefs is inappropriate at that site, where is it appropriate?

    In fairness to the Mayor, it should be remembered that he has never attempted to exclude all vestiges of religious expression from the area; he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque (which I think was a mistake).

    I do think that this comment by Professor Mead is a bit over the top,

    “Commemorating this event without religious participation sends a message of hostility to the Islamic world; the perceived atheism and secularism of the west is a much deeper cause of Islamic suspicion and anger than the presence of Christianity — or even of Judaism.”

    Regardless of how diverse the Islamic world may be, the problem is that just about anything the West does, whether intended or not, seems to be interpreted by Muslim nations as “hostile,” suspicious and maddening.

    Regardless of how mistaken the Mayor may be, the idea that he should decide whether to include religious observances in the ceremony commemorating an American disaster on the basis of how it will be interpreted by the Muslim world is preposterous.

  • Kris

    “the perceived atheism and secularism of the west is a much deeper cause of Islamic suspicion and anger than the presence of Christianity — or even of Judaism”

    I mean, say what you like about the tenets of Judaism, Habibi, at least it’s an ethos.

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