Michael BloombergNew York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, sparked the fury of religionists when he decided against inviting clergy to speak at the tenth anniversary service in memory of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The Wall Street Journal reports on the outrage that resulted (WebCite cached article):

Religious leaders are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reverse course and offer clergy a role in the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. …

City Hall officials, who are coordinating the ceremony, confirmed that spiritual leaders will not participate this year—just as has been the case during past events marking the anniversary. The mayor has said he wants the upcoming event to strike a similar tone as previous ceremonies.

“There are hundreds of important people that have offered to participate over the last nine years, but the focus remains on the families of the thousands who died on Sept. 11,” said Evelyn Erskine, a mayoral spokeswoman.

The article lists any number of sanctimoniously-enraged religionists who’re demanding that clergy officiate at this event. According to the article, clergy have not been part of the annual memorial services. The rage over their exclusion this year does seem to have a source, though:

But the mayor’s plans this year have drawn increased scrutiny and some disapproval, as the event will attract an international audience and President Barack Obama will attend.

There, you see? It’s all about Barack Obama! What these outraged religionistic Obama-haters don’t know is, the service also will include his predecessor, former evangelical-in-chief George W. Bush, as CNN reports (cached):

On July 29 Bloomberg spoke about the ceremony during his weekly radio show. He announced that President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush would both be attending and participating, as well as other politicians and elected officials.

It’s curious that the WSJ doesn’t mention that the presence of the reviled Obama will be balanced by that of the Younger Bush. Hmm. I wonder why … ?

One last thing I’d like to note is something that’s glaringly obvious, to me at least, and that is that the September 11, 2001 attacks were caused by … drumroll please … religionism! Using the anniversary of a religionistic attack to make religionistic demands, is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy. Isn’t it time for people to just fucking grow the hell up for the first time in their lives?

I for one hope that the Mayor sticks to his guns and keeps the assorted religionistic catastrophe-users off the stage.

Photo credit: David Berkowitz.

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