Letters to the Editor

Religion has a place in memorializing Sept. 11

Next week, our nation will mark the 10th anniversary of the horrendous destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City by Muslim extremist jihadists.

New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decreed there will be no religious representation at ceremonies commemorating this barbaric event.

Our Constitution did not create a secular socialist government. While it prohibits the government from creating a state religion, the First Amendment also promises freedom of religion and the "free exercise thereof." Indeed, it proclaims that our rights and freedoms are God-given.

If there were ever a time when the presence of someone representing the religious faith of this nation were appropriate, it seems to me, it would be during a memorial ceremony for the victims of the destruction of the Twin Towers and the lives lost in the search and rescue efforts.

Judith S. Holden

Sun City Hilton Head