The Common Good

Against the Exclusion of Religion from 9/11 Memorial Services

In addition to the Times piece, Dan Gilgoff, editor of CNN’s Belief Blog, got to the story about the New York event on Wednesday. In his piece, he notes that Jim Wallis and other religious leaders are staging a press conference near ground zero today, to discuss why they believe Mayor Bloomberg made a tremendous oversight in excluding religious leaders from the ceremony.

Gilgoff quotes Tim King, communications director for Sojourners, and, I think, King’s explanation of the situation provides an extremely insightful analysis not only of this controversy, but also of a major flaw in many people’s understanding of the relationship between religion and civic life.