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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bloomberg on Clergy and First Responders at 9/11 Event: We just don't have room for all of them.

Members of the Clergy are not invited to some of the main events in the Big Apple's commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. No Clergy Allowed, will be the policy at 9/11 ceremonies at Ground Zero on Sunday. (Now, there's a double whammy for you) "There is this separation of Church and State in our Constitution." says hizhonor the Mayor. Actually, there is no such phrase in the entire body of the Founding Document but I digress.

The Chief Executive of Gotham City asks contentiously, "Which Religion do you want? Your Religion, My Religion, Her Religion?" (He, She, It's, Their Religion?)

Oh, on that "separation of Church and State" thing the Mayor mentioned? The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution actually says, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;. That first article of freedom means that Congress cannot mandate a State Religion. It limits the powers of the Federal Government so that you cannot be required by the Federal Government to attend a Federally sponsored Church. Conversely, it also means that Congress cannot prohibit the Free Exercise (Expression, that means Outward and Inward) Thereof.

The separation hizhonor is alluding to is a restriction placed upon Congress, not Mayor Bloomberg, not the City of New York and not the State of New York. The Mayor, if he had so chosen, would have been perfectly within his rights to venture beyond his, No Clergy Allowed Policy and hold prayer services for Christian, Jewish, Muslim believers as well as members of other faiths and traditions. At least he would have been more consistent with his earlier aggressive endorsement of plans to build a Mosque near Ground Zero.

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