David Silverman, the president of the American Atheists, is agreeing with religious leaders who oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to ban clergy from the upcoming 10th anniversary ceremony of the 9/11 attacks.
Prayers and invocations spoken by the clergy would thereby also be excluded from the annual memorial service, outraging many who felt that the event would not be complete without the support from religious leaders.
“I think such invocations should be allowed,” Silverman, 45, blogged, “and I would indeed like to volunteer to give such an invocation on behalf of nonreligious people.” more >>
On September 11, 2001, two things became evident first to many of the Brooklyn, N.Y., clergy shortly after the hour-long dust cloud that formed from the World Trade Center Twin Towers collapse vanished, the former president of an interfaith group said.
First, members of the Brooklyn Heights Clergy Association realized they needed to help account for missing people for their loved ones. Secondly, they needed to facilitate prayer services as soon as possible, the Rev. Fred Wooden told The Christian Post.
Wooden, who is a Unitarian, was the president of the association and leader of the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn at the time of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Unitarianism takes its name after the understanding of God as one person, rejecting the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity and belief that Jesus is fully man and God. more >>
Drawing a connection between America's suffering following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the suffering that persecuted Christians experience throughout the world every day, Dr. Carl Moeller says that Christians need to “stand in the gap” for their spiritual brothers and sisters – much like the firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders did on Sept. 11, 2001.
"As the events of 9/11 showed us, we are all connected,” he told The Christian Post on Wednesday. “And the fact that Christians are suffering globally is an important aspect of life that we ignore at our peril ... we can't ignore the suffering of our brothers and sisters because to do so is to truly ignore the suffering within our own body."
Moeller, the president and CEO of Open Doors USA, is also the co-author of a new book called ,The Privilege of Persecution. The title, he says, came from a conversation he had with a Latin-American pastor who said that Christians where he lives are “privileged to suffer for the name of Christ.” more >>
Prominent leaders of two Baptist churches have special sermons planned for Sunday, Sept. 11, which is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States. One sermon promises to discuss America's "inevitable collapse" while the other is to be delivered by Dr. Tim LaHaye, known for his popular end times book series.
It has not yet been confirmed to The Christian Post whether LaHaye would indeed be speaking on the issue of the end times during his appearance at First Baptist Church of Atlanta on Sept. 11.
CP left a message with Tim LaHaye Ministries Wednesday morning, but no response was received by press time. more >>
A church located two blocks from New York City’s ground zero, which was planted in Manhattan shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., will be part of the live webcast memorial services led by Orange County, Calif., megachurch pastor Rick Warren.
The services will be at least partially broadcast from Lower Manhattan Community Church, one of Saddleback’s “daughter churches,” on the weekend of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.
The full details of the "Hope & Freedom" services have not been disclosed and are still being formulated, said a Saddleback Church spokesperson. Lower Manhattan Community Church is led by Ryan Holladay, the son of Saddleback Church’s associate pastor Tom Holladay. more >>
Pastors and theologians agree that an individual’s core spiritual beliefs play a significant role in determining whether they will choose to believe in God or turn away from religion altogether in the aftermath of a tragedy such as 9/11.
Kurt Fredrickson, an assistant professor of pastoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and a police chaplain, says believers and non-believers alike experienced grief, pain and doubt following the terrorist attacks ten years ago that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
The distinction, he says, is Christians “have a greater ability to go through the trauma, whether it's personal or national... because they have a basic sense of who they are and who God is in their life." more >>