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The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Academy Award-win­ning ac­tor and sil­ver-screen con­ser­va­tive Jon Voight shared his re­ac­tion to news that New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Obama and New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo at the solemn re­mem­brance of the 9/11 at­tacks at ground zero. But no clergy. And no prayers.

“My dear fel­low Amer­i­cans: There is a great in­jus­tice that is about take place in New York City on Septem­ber 11 of this year, that must be brought to ev­ery­one’s mind and heart. The good cit­i­zens of New York City elected Mayor Bloomberg into of­fice, be­liev­ing his oath to be re­spon­si­ble for truth, fair­ness and love of free­dom and pa­tri­o­tism. What has Mayor Bloomberg done? He has de­cided to make a pretty pic­ture of whomever he thinks is wor­thy of, in his opinion, to be hon­ored on this sa­cred day,” Mr. Voight says in an open let­ter shared with In­side the Belt­way dur­ing a phone in­ter­view.

“Dur­ing this hor­rific at­tack, when the Twin Tow­ers were burn­ing and crum­bling and peo­ple were jump­ing out of win­dows, it was the most un­think­able sight that we would wit­ness in our life­time on Amer­i­can soil. Ev­ery Amer­i­can will never for­get it. The fire­men and po­lice of New York City be­came a force and en­ergy of God’s love and power, mak­ing a de­ci­sion to give up their own lives to go into these smoke-filled, burn­ing fall­ing build­ings, to res­cue these un­for­tu­nate vic­tims. Many lost their lives try­ing this un­be­liev­able res­cue.”

“The ones that sur­vived be­came our mar­tyrs and he­roes. They’d be left with many scars and mem­o­ries of that hor­ri­ble day. Now what does Mayor Bloomberg do? He de­cides there is no room for these he­roes, or any time to hear spir­i­tual words from our cler­gy­men. What would be greater to heal the scars and mem­o­ries of these fam­i­lies and heroic men — the po­lit­i­cal rhetoric and talk, or to hear the spir­i­tual words and wis­dom of our cler­gy­men, who un­der­stand how to heal hearts of pain? I say make room, no mat­ter how it’s done. Make room for them to be part of a spir­i­tual event, not a po­lit­i­cal event.”

“Ev­ery Amer­i­can should voice their out­rage. May God have mercy on all our lost souls, and may God give us all the strength to look truth in the eye. Let us not be bul­lied by elected of­fi­cials whose pock­ets be­come heav­ier with greed and their own egos,” Mr. Voight con­cludes.

Soar­ing rhetoric, grand plans, dis­grun­tled mum­bles to j h a r p e r @ wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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