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August 30, 2011

Father Edward Beck: 9/11 10th Anniversary Is a Day for Remembering, Not Forgetting

Topics: Faith, Political News and commentaries


In his commentary today at ABC News, Father Edward Beck C.P. isn't speaking directly to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has banned priests and all clergy from the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 (although he finds no problem in supporting the Ground Zero mosque)... but it's very clear what Father Beck's message is and who it's directed to: Bloomberg's action is "misguided political correctness gone terribly awry" (emphasis mine):

One of the first responders at the World Trade Center on 9/11 was Father Mychal Judge.

The mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, asked the priest to offer prayers for the victims of the unfolding catastrophic event. Judge was in the North Tower doing just that when the South Tower collapsed, spewing debris that killed him, the first recorded victim of the attack.

Who can forget the firefighters carrying his cruciform body out of the rubble, an image that some have called an American Pieta?

One person who has seemingly forgotten is the present mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who essentially has banned priests and all clergy from the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11.

His excuse for doing so is to keep speeches to a minimum.

The more hidden agenda seems to be an attempt not to offend any one religion by banning them all.

Some have suggested that a related underlying issue is the fear of inviting an imam or other representative of Islam, thus sparking more unwanted controversy.

Once again, this is misguided political correctness gone terribly awry. We cannot ignore that the horrific events of Sept. 11 had their genesis in myopic and fanatical religious views.

Those who perpetrated the heinous acts did so because they hated those of other religions not their own.

They believed that the "infidels" needed to be destroyed.

Now we seem intent on handing the murderers one more victory by excluding from the 10th anniversary commemoration the very religious expression that they railed against on that fateful day.

Take the time to read the whole thing.

Image - The body of Father Michael Judge is carried out of the rubble of the North Tower by firefighters.

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Posted by Hyscience at August 30, 2011 1:02 PM

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