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 >>
A time of prayer at a Christian outreach event Saturday at Dodger Stadium will likely be the largest gathering in the nation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, said evangelist Greg Laurie. Harvest Los Angeles will unite citizens in prayer to mark the tragic events.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to exclude any prayers from clergy at ground zero in Sunday’s official ceremony has been met with criticism from many Christian leaders, including Laurie.
Laurie, the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and known for leading large-scale evangelistic events worldwide for the last 21 years, made it clear in a statement sent to The Christian Post that prayer continues to be part of the nation’s fabric, even 10 years after the tragedy. more >>
John Brennan, the White House’s chief counterterrorism adviser, laments that 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, many in Washington are still playing politics with the issue of terrorism.
"In the political environment, the thing I am most disappointed with is when politics comes into the issue of national security," Brennan told reporters at a breakfast Thursday, the Huffington Post reported. He said he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and stated that members of both parties "try to take advantage for political gain in the aftermath of failed attempts."
Politicians "are the first ones to point fingers at the other party and I don't think that is appropriate. That's one of the things that dismays counterterrorism professionals throughout the government,” Brennan said. more >>
The Tennessee pastor who welcomed an Islamic center to his block a year ago is now urging Christians everywhere to let go of fear and ignorance this Sept. 11 and love their Muslim neighbors.
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Christians and Muslims will come together to hold a community blood drive in Cordova, Tenn.
Steve Stone, pastor of Heartsong Church in Cordova, said he was hesitant when he first learned in 2010 that the Memphis Islamic Center (MIC) would be moving across the street from the church. But after praying about it, Stone felt led to purchase and post a red lawn sign proclaiming, "Heartsong Church welcomes Memphis Islamic Center to the Neighborhood." more >>