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 >>
Former President George W. Bush has been announced as special guest to open the National Football League’s festivities Sunday with a 9/11 tribute feature.
The two-minute clip will air on Fox in lieu of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania.
The tribute will air at the beginning of Fox’s pregame NFL coverage and will include members of the FDNY, NYPD, and NY/NJ Port Authority Police. more >>
Americans have been urged to proceed as normal despite word of "credible" terror threats circulatIing in the news since late Thursday afternoon. The question remains whether Americans will continue with their plans to honor 9/11 victims amid the threat of a possible terrorist attack.
Yesterday, U.S. officials announced a potential terror threat from al-Qaida militants. According to reports, three men (one of whom may be a U.S. citizen) entered the United States in mid-August from Pakistan. They may or may not have something to do with a reported threat of vehicle bombs.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement stating that the threats come from "specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information." more >>
NEW YORK – In a direct response to the dispute surrounding the inclusion of religious leaders in the 9/11 anniversary ceremony, prominent evangelical leaders gathered near ground zero Friday to promote a joint message that religion should be used to heal and not divide.
Protests made by extremists regarding a proposed mosque to be built near ground zero tainted last year’s September 11 commemorations. After the official ceremony, nearly 2,000 activists assembled in support of the mosque, about five blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks. At the same time around 1,500 mosque opponents gathered close by chanting, “USA, USA,” and “No mosque here.”
Speakers at the press conference Friday called upon Christians to pave the way for unity and peace by being good neighbors to the Muslim community instead of using faith to fuel the controversies. The event was co-sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the largest network of evangelicals worldwide, and Sojourners, an evangelical publication by the Christian social justice organization of the same name. more >>
The tenth anniversary of the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001 is now upon us. How should we respond as people of faith and as citizens?
First, it should be remembered by our political leaders that Americans are a religious people. More than four out of five Americans claim some affiliation with some form of the Christian faith and nine out of 10 believe in a Supreme Being.
In the immediate aftermath of those terrible events a decade ago, Americans turned to their faith and to their patriotism to find solace, comfort and strength as they mourned the loss of loved ones, friends, workmates and fellow citizens. They were inspired both by their faith leaders and the heroism of their fellow citizens – the police and firemen who responded so heroically to the tragedy as well as the Americans who organized the first counter-attack in the war on terror on Flight #93. “Let’s Roll” became a symbol of the bravery and the indomitable will of the American people and served as an inspiration to the whole nation. more >>
In the 10 years since the 9/11 tragedy, Americans and churches across the United States are more prone to consider partnering with faiths and denominations other than their own for social outreach events, said a Hartford Seminary professor, who is leading a religious study program on interfaith cooperation.
David A. Roozen, director of the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership and professor of religion and society, remarked, “Americans' awareness of our country's religious diversity has increased dramatically in the last decade.”
Although the study he helped conduct does not show a dramatic increase in congregations partnering together in the context of a worship service, it does show an increase in interfaith activities such as public ceremonies and panel discussions, Roozen told The Christian Post. more >>