The decision by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to exclude any prayers from clergy at ground zero in the upcoming 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 attacks is being categorized as un-American by an evangelical leader and spiritual adviser to President Obama.
Florida Pastor Joel C. Hunter, who also serves as an executive board member for both global and national evangelical associations, said Christians should speak out or protest the decision because the importance of faith in the United States is being neglected.
Bloomberg stirred much controversy recently when he stated, "Everybody would like to participate, and the bottom line is everybody cannot participate. There isn't room. There isn't time. And in some cases, it's just not appropriate." more >>
As Americans everywhere prepare for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, two survivors live to testify not to the brutality but the grace extended to them on that frightful day.
Sujo John and Brian Birdwell, though personally unconnected in their lives, share one similarity – September 11.
While John worked in the North Tower of the Twin Towers, Birdwell was employed at the Pentagon when the multiple suicide attacks occurred ten years ago, leaving one critically injured. more >>
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 >>