Saturday, September 10, 2011

World Trade Center - 9/11 Remembrance - #3234 - Should Prayer be Allowed at Ground Zero Memorial Event? - Take Poll - The Blaze (2) Marietta College Demands 9/11 Tribute Include Flags from Other Countries - or Face Cancellation - Hot Air (3) NFL Nixes Rumors of Fines, Will Allow Players to Wear Special 9/11 Gear - The Blaze

The 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks has triggered painful memories, grief and intense reflection. In addition to these natural reactions, it has also sparked a fierce battle over faith and prayer during this year’s memorial remembrance. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to invite clergy to this year’s commemorative event is at the root of some fairly intense debate. In addition to excluding clergy, the mayor has also decided not to invite first responders — yet another action that has sparked a great deal of controversy......New York City-based Christian leader Pastor Rick Del Rio shared his views on the clergy ban in an exclusive interview with The Blaze. Del Rio, who arrived at Ground Zero just minutes after the second tower collapsed, was an instrumental force in the days and months following the attacks.....Del Rio explained his frustrations with Bloomberg‘s refusal to include clergy in this year’s 9/11 tribute: “I think the 10th anniversary is such a milestone. We should have gone to great measures to include all those who participated. I think it’s an affront to all those who are clergy or first responders who were [down there after 9/11]. It’s ridiculous. Its almost like [Bloomberg's] trying to re-write history. These were components that were invaluable to bringing the city back together.Read more........

College Demands 9/11 Tribute Includes Flags From Other Countries or Face Cancellation - Hot Air -The divisive developments surrounding planned 9/11 commemoratives continue to disappoint. Administrators at Marietta College in Ohio, for example, created a controversy over one student’s planned display of 2,977 American flags — one for each person who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Blaze reports:  After receiving initial permission from the college to hold the memorial, [Sarah] Snow, a junior, said she received a second email saying the vigil would not be allowed unless it also included flags from the other countries too.  In a post on the Young America’s Foundation website, an organization for conservative students, Snow said her “jaw dropped” when she read the email.  “Why should we place the extra flags anyways? It was an attack on AMERICANS, AMERICAN ideals, AMERICAN capitalism, defense, and freedom,” she wrote. “The World Trade Center wasn’t hit because a Chinese accountant was working that morning; it was hit because American capitalists were there.”  When Snow visited the student life office, administrators told her they didn’t want a negative reaction from international students at the school — but Snow hadn’t received any complaints from international students, anyway.  Read more...........

NFL Nixes Rumors of Fines, Will Allow Players to Wear Special 9/11 Gear - The Blaze - After reports circulated that NFL players could be hit with fines this weekend for wearing “unauthorized” patriotic gear to honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the league confirmed that players will be allowed to wear special red, white and blue shoes and gloves.  “NFL confirmed to clubs this morning that players may wear special shoes & gloves from NFL licensees for Week 1 games, NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon.  The NFL has strict rules about game-day attire, and any unauthorized uniform alteration can lead to steep fines.  Rumors of possible fines lit up on Twitter Thursday, after players including Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs posted about receiving “Never Forget” gloves and shoes from Reebok: Read more..........

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