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-No Prayers at 10th 9/11 ‘Memorial’? Rick Warren Plans an Alternative Service

by Dr. D ~ August 31st, 2011

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to exclude any prayers from clergy at ground zero during the 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 attacks. He inferred that “it’s just not appropriate”?

However, pastor Rick Warren is planning to hold an alternative national prayer service 2 blocks away at a sister church near ground zero.

Pastor Warren responding to the ‘non-religious’ plans of Bloomberg:

“This week the mayor of New York City announced that at the 10th anniversary memorial service at ground zero that there are going to be no prayers. Now, you know what I think about that. So, we are going to have our own nationwide, national prayer day.”

“On 9/11 weekend we are going to link up with our daughter church in New York City. Ryan is going to help me with this service where he is going to broadcast from ground zero. We’re going to have some testimonies out of our church in New York City of people who were there on 9/11.”

“This will be a nationwide coast-to-coast linkup to have prayer. Of all the times, America needs prayer.” Warren said and then rhetorically asked, “Do you think it needs prayer right now?”

Pastor Ryan Holladay who is hosting the event at his Lower Manhattan Community Church said the following:

“We want to give people an opportunity to process the anniversary from a spiritual perspective. It wasn’t just a national or civic tragedy, it was a spiritual tragedy, and we want to support people as they work through it. 9/11 left a spiritual vacuum behind for many people. We want to fill that vacuum with God’s love.”

Response: It is incredible that mayor Bloomberg decided to hold the 10th anniversary 9/11 ‘memorial’ without prayers. In his statement he seems to indicate that some things are “just not appropriate”? Does that include prayers for the thousands who were killed and their survivors? Apparently.

Thank God for pastor Rick being inspired to fill the spiritual void with a much needed a national prayer event nearby on the 10th anniversary.

One thought in Bloomberg’s defense -it could have been worse. Can you imagine the outcry if prayers and clergy were included and the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was part of the show?            *Top

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