AMEN TO 9/11 PRAYER

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Pub­lic dis­may was ram­pant over New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s de­ci­sion to ban both prayer and clergy from the ground zero re­mem­brance on Sept. 11. The Amer­i­can Cen­ter for Law and Jus­tice — along with 35,000 dis­gusted cit­i­zens — urged Mr. Bloomberg to re­verse his edict, cit­ing Supreme Court prece­dents that es­tab­lish the “ap­pro­pri­ate­ness” of prayer for a 9/11 ob­ser­vance — in­clud­ing one made by Jus­tice San­dra Day O’Con­nor in 2004:

“For cen­turies, we have marked im­por­tant oc­ca­sions or pro­nounce­ments with ref­er­ences to God and in­vo­ca­tions of divine as­sis­tance. Such ref­er­ences can serve to sol­em­nize an oc­ca­sion in­stead of to in­voke divine prove­nance,” Jus­tice O’Con­nor said. “The rea­son­able ob­server . . . would not per­ceive these ac­knowl­edg­ments as sig­ni­fy­ing a govern­ment en­dorse­ment of any spe­cific re­li­gion, or even of re­li­gion over non-re­li­gion.”

Jay Seku­low, chief coun­sel of the le­gal group, calls Mr. Bloomberg’s de­ci­sion “of­fen­sive” and has fired off a lengthy let­ter to Hiz­zoner. See it here: http://aclj.org

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