No Matter the Name, All the Same God … Says Interfaith Observance of 9/11
And the nonsense continues…in spite of Isaiah 42:8 in which Yahweh declares: “I am Yahweh, that is My name. My glory I will not give to another,
In New York, three faiths mark 11 September
By Paul Bennett
New York, 12 September (ENInews)–In a ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 11 September terrorist attacks, a minister, a rabbi, and an imam took part in an interfaith bell-ringing ceremony at St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan. The 245-year-old Episcopal church, located just one block from the destroyed World Trade Center, in 2001 became for months a respite center for rescue workers.
The bell-ringing took place on the evening of 11 September, after a day marked by a ceremony at a new memorial plaza on the site of the former twin towers, attended by families of 11 September victims, President Barack Obama and other leaders. Thousands of commemoration services took place in the U.S. and around the world to mark the day on which nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
At St. Paul’s, as the sun set, the Rev. James Cooper, of sister church Trinity Wall Street, rang the “Bell of Hope,” situated on a stone pedestal in the churchyard. Behind the gathering of about 50 people, the partially-constructed One World Trade Center tower loomed, bathed in red, white, and blue light under an overcast sky.
“God is looking over our shoulders. Night has come, and we look forward to rest and recovery,” said Cooper before ringing the bell, which he said is used only on solemn occasions. The first series of rings was for fallen comrades, the second a “clear” ring. Like the front of the chapel, the bell was covered with white ribbons bearing the motto “Remember to Love.”
After a brief introduction by Cooper, Rabbi Peter Rubinstein of Central Synagogue in Manhattan spoke, saying that as long as men sought peace, humanity could not be said to be falling down.
Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood spoke of the terrorist attacks as a baptism not by water, but by ash, the results of which forced people around the world to become aware of their common humanity. No matter how people refer to God, he said, whether it be Allah, Yahweh, or any number of names, it is the same God, uniting all people.
After the prayers, people in attendance were invited to ring the bell. A single-file procession formed, and for several more minutes, the Bell of Hope rang into the night.
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