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FIRST ON 3: McIntyre writes Mayor Bloomberg asking a prayer be added to 9/11 ceremony

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WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE) -- U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and his congressional colleagues in the caucus, have written the Mayor of New York City, encouraging him to include prayer in the ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Congressman McIntyre stated, “Prayer is at the foundation of our great nation, and it should be a part of the 9/11 ceremony in New York City. Prayer has and continues to be an important part of our daily lives, drawing strength and understanding in tough times and allowing us to give thanks for the many blessings of life. On this special commemorative day, prayer should be front and center in all of our lives. Prayer is as appropriate today as it was on that day ten years ago.”

The letter to Mayor Bloomberg is below:

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

We are writing to urge you to include prayer in New York City’s ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Omitting prayer from the event is inappropriate, and we ask that it be added to the program.

On September 11, 2001 and in the days that followed, prayer was an integral part of our nation’s healing process. For scores of Americans, turning to God in prayer was instinctive. As people prayed that God would intervene, not only on their own behalf but also in the affairs of their fellow man, our country was united in a remarkable way. To now suggest that including prayer—that powerful uniting force—in the 9/11 commemoration would be divisive is absurd.

On August 31, 2011 Congressman Randy Forbes, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent a letter asking that prayer be included in the September 11th commemoration ceremony in New York City. Despite his appeal and the requests of others across the country, recent reports indicate that you have not reversed your decision.

As Members of Congress who care deeply about protecting America’s right to pray and ensuring that this invaluable practice retains its pivotal place in our society, we strongly request that you add prayer to the commemoration ceremony of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Prayer is as appropriate today as it was on that day ten years ago.

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