The Washington National Cathedral finds itself embroiled in controversy over a special service it is hosting this upcoming weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
President Obama will be on hand for the Cathedral’s “Call to Compassion,” as will a bishop, a rabbi, a Tibetan lama, a Buddhist nun, representatives of the Hindu and Jain faiths, an imam and an Islamic musician. However, the guest list does not include a representative of the evangelical community.
“There are an estimated 70 to 80 million evangelical Christians in this nation,” Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, told The Christian Post. “We are important members of almost all communities. Some of us died on 9/11. It is outrageous that we were excluded.” more >>
WASHINGTON – While religious leaders are urging Christians to love their Muslim neighbors as the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks draw near, Florida Congressman Allen West (R) and the Christian Action Network reminded the public that there is still continued opposition to the New York City Islamic center being built near ground zero.
Surrounded by the families of seven 9/11 victims, West spoke against the mosque and Islamic center being erected near the site of the fallen twin towers in a Wednesday press conference.
Comparing the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon to the Pearl Harbor bombing, West said no one who attacked the United States should be allowed to put a victory monument to their people at an attack site. more >>
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited the World Trade Center site on Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and stated that the possibility of another al-Qaida strike is “very real.”
Panetta detailed that despite three of al-Qaida’s top four leaders having been killed, branches of the group remains and their militant ideologies continue. He noted that al-Qaida factions are known to be in areas such as Somalia and Yemen.
“They continue to plan attacks and I don’t think we can take anything for granted,” Panetta told reporters. “The potential for that kind of attack remains very real.” more >>
As America nears the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a new survey details how the public feels about Muslims, freedoms and pluralism.
"Ten years after 9/11, Americans continue to grapple with issues of security, tolerance, and pluralism – matters that lie at the heart of what it means to be American," said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, in a statement.
"Americans strongly affirm broad First Amendment principles and respect for difference, but they don't always apply these principles evenly or consistently, particularly with regard to American Muslims and immigrants." more >>
As Americans prepare to reflect on the physical and emotional scars left behind by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Awakening America Alliance and Cry Out America are leading a national effort to pray for God to usher in a spiritual awakening in the United States.
In addition to asking churches to pray during Sunday morning services on Sept. 11, the date of the 10th anniversary of the attacks, there are also prayer gatherings scheduled to take place in thousands of different counties across the United States later that same day.
Billy Wilson, executive director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal and the chair of the Awakening America Alliance (AAA), describes 9/11 as "one of the greatest wake-up call days of our generation." Cry Out America was formed with the hope that God would lead the country into an even greater spiritual awakening. more >>
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) pledged to heed the 9/11 Commission's report and improve communications among the nation’s first responders as the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center nears.
King, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is seeking House support for a bill allocating a 10 MHz radio channel on the communications spectrum for public safety.
"I urge the House to take up my legislation, H.R. 607, as soon as possible so that we can provide our nation's first responders with the tools they require to fulfill their mission," King said in statement. more >>