Bloomberg is my hero

September 11th is just around the corner, and this year, Mayor Bloomberg is making sure that no clergymen from any religion are invited to the ceremony. Of course, you have a bunch of cry-baby Christians who are flipping out over this exclusion:

“This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me,” Rudy Washington tells the Wall Street Journal. “I feel like America has lost its way.”

I agree with you, Rudy. America has lost its way. It used to make provisions to ensure religion didn’t have a special place in government. The founding fathers even made the Establishment Clause the first fucking Amendment in their Constitution. Do you think they felt it was an important thing to mention?

Bloomy’s reasoning is both sound and fair: government is not in the business of picking a religion. In any case, the entire reason this structure collapsed was because of faith, and its non-adherence to reality. Why would you want someone there reminding you of the deadly consequences of blind belief?

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Comments (7)

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    Sterling Knight

    Damn, I’ve been watching so much Rescue Me lately that I almost thought that was a spoiler.

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    HB

    Clearly the religious *must* either be ignorant or just completely ignore the first amendment. Also, why is it that whenever an opportunity strikes for religion to have its way during some event, and subsequently does not get it, do they play the “America (society in general) has ‘lost’ its way”? It would seem to me that, while the majority of Americans are religious in some way, not all are (~10-15%, perhaps more, are atheist/agnostic). Also, I’d like to see a poll asking of those that are religious, what percent are FOR secularism (1st Amendment) as opposed to a quasi-theocratic form of government. As far as I am concerned, they might as well be atheists in the sense that atheists/agnostics do not want any religion to peddle their god hypothesis on the rest of the society. Religion ought to be kept ‘private’.

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    HB

    Regarding my previous comment, I do wonder how many of America’s citizens are actually in favor of the 1st amendment. Perhaps there needs to be a poll about each one of the amendments to the original Bill of Rights. I’d love to see some statistics on various ones, such as the issue of slavery, etc.

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    Nathan Reese

    ..and cue Bill Donohue

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    Larry

    How about letting the families of the vitims decide? If they find comfort in it, who are we or anyone else to deny them? On the flip side, the murderer behind the Tower deaths was granted a full religious burial ceremony on an American warship. Hypocrisy?

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    Brian

    Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion. Somewhere along the line that has been lost.

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