Thank Mayor Bloomberg for Keeping NYC’s 9/11 Memorial Service Secular

September 9, 2011

On Sept. 11, 2011, New York City will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks with a memorial service at Ground Zero featuring guests such as President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, staying with his tradition of keeping annual 9/11 ceremonies secular in nature, has announced that the service will not include clergy.

Bloomberg’s decision has drawn heavy criticism from various religious groups and leaders who maintain their religious beliefs should be featured at the ceremony. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) firmly believes that any official remembrance of the 9/11 attacks should represent all American citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs, or lack thereof. In other words, it should be a secular ceremony, as Mayor Bloomberg has decided. CFI urges its members, as strong advocates for the separation of church and state, to show their support for Bloomberg’s decision by contacting the mayor in any of the following ways:


The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
City Hall
New York, NY 10007


Contact form

Phone: 311 (or 212-639-9675 outside NYC)
Fax: 212-312-0700

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#1 Grace Farrell (Guest) on Friday September 09, 2011 at 9:23am

Thank you Mayor Bloomberg for being a man with vision and understanding that privileging one religion over another, or any religion, is ignoring millions of Americans who are non-believers. Furthermore, you are preserving the separation of church and state. Let people pray in their homes and churches if they wish.
Thank you!

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