NEW YORK – Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s firm decision to not allow religious leaders to offer words of prayer at the 9/11 Memorial Service Sunday, one pastor believes the event will still be about God and prayer.
Steve Stone, founding pastor of the Tennessee-based Heartsong Church, which lets Muslims borrow its sanctuary for worship when the Memphis Islamic Center was under construction last year, commented on the exclusion of religion from the 9/11 service when he was in New York City on Friday to participate in an evangelical press conference about the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
While many religious leaders, including Christians, have protested Bloomberg’s decision to keep religion out of the civil ceremony, Stone told The Christian Post he is actually glad that no religious speakers were invited to speak at the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. more >>
In an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center destruction and events of 9/11, global evangelical leaders came together Friday to call for unity between different groups and religions to bring about lasting change.
The World Evangelical Alliance joined with Sojourners to promote discussion surrounding the Sept. 11 tragedy that occurred 10 years ago.
Pastor Steve Stone, founder of Tennessee-based Heartsong Church, spoke about his involvement with the Muslim community. more >>
Genelle Guzman-McMillan insists that it is not fear that keeps her from returning to Manhattan's ground zero. The Port Authority employee, now also an author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God.
As Guzman-McMillan tells it 10 years later, Sept. 11, 2001, was just another normal day. Things were going great between herself and her boyfriend, she was happy with her job on the 64th floor of the WTC's north tower, and, despite her religious upbringing, she was getting along fine without God, having rejected Him long ago.
Guzman-McMillan recounts her story of survival and salvation in Angel in the Rubble: the Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor, released last month by Simon & Schuster. Within the space of 240 pages, the Trinidadian native shares how she and her co-workers started to flee their office in the 110-story building and how she paused on the 13th floor to remove her high-heels. It was then, Guzman-McMillan says, that her whole world literally came crashing down and her life changed forever. more >>
September 11, 2001 started out like an ordinary day for FDNY member Steven Salzano of Ladder Co. 132, located in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, New York.
Salzano was installing a hot water tank in his Staten Island, New York home on his day off when his wife broke the news to him that a passenger plane had crashed into the World Trade Center building after she saw it on the news.
Upon witnessing the carnage breaking out in downtown Manhattan on television, Salzano immediately phoned in to his firehouse who originally told him that they did not need his assistance, but once the second plane hit, he immediately packed his stuff and reported to work. more >>
It was the “where were you when…” moment of our generation. As the Twin Towers fell into giant piles of splintered steel, shattered glass, pulverized concrete and crushed lives, so did our national confidence. Islamic terrorists armed with box cutters and a death-filled agenda did their best to bring us to our knees and make us worse as a nation.
As we witnessed the horror playing out on our television sets that day we gasped, then we cried, and, finally, we mourned with the rest of the nation. Something had changed in America. This new kind of war brought the fight to our front doorsteps in a way that even the bombing of Pearl Harbor could not. In less than an hour, Osama Bin Laden’s lackeys had punched our nation’s capital in the gut and had taken two bites out of the apple of America’s eye. Almost three thousand lives were extinguished in 4 plane crashes that tragic and traumatic morning. It was the most horrific thing that most of us had ever witnessed.
How do we as Christians respond to what happened on that fateful day ten years ago? Should we forgive and forget? Should we join the military to exact some justice? Or is there a different reaction we should have? more >>
September 11 and the Park 51 Mosque have become battleground issues in the finals days of the New York special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Most Americans view the weekend of 9/11's 10th anniversary as a weekend of reflection and remembrance. For Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Weprin, contenders in New York's 9th Congressional District race, the weekend also marks the last days before the Sept. 13 election.
To stay relevant, both men have allowed 9/11 topics to seep into to their talking points, daring to take sides in the debate over the Islamic Center being built two blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center, and wading into the battle over 9/11 benefits for survivors. more >>