On Sept. 11, 2011, New York City will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks with a memorial service at Ground Zero featuring guests such as President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, staying with his tradition of keeping annual 9/11 ceremonies secular in nature, has announced that the service will not include clergy.
Bloomberg’s decision has drawn heavy criticism from various religious groups and leaders who maintain their religious beliefs should be featured at the ceremony. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) firmly believes that any official remembrance of the 9/11 attacks should represent all American citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs, or lack thereof. In other words, it should be a secular ceremony, as Mayor Bloomberg has decided. CFI urges its members, as strong advocates for the separation of church and state, to show their support for Bloomberg’s decision by contacting the mayor in any of the following ways:
The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 311 (or 212-639-9675 outside NYC)
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The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.