"Some Christian ministers have objected to the 9/11 Memorial Service's failure to include members of the clergy and have scheduled a public prayer service for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, a Reformed Presbyterian Church minister who is director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said it was "extremely troubling" for Mayor Bloomberg to "exclude public prayer and expressions of faith" from the memorial.
"During the past 10 years, it has only been faith in God and prayer that has enabled so many to move forward and rebuild their lives and protected America from another major terrorist attack," he said.
Organizers of the memorial service said that the event follows the custom established for the previous memorial events.
"The structure for this program was designed 10 years ago, with the consultation of a lot of families of those who died, and it is primarily for the families," Stu Loeser, Mayor Bloomberg's press secretary, told the New York Times." -Read More...