9-11, 12 years later
Continuing a decision made last year, no politicians will speak, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg.I'd say they're doing the right thing, because of Bloomberg's decisions to bar Judeo-Christian priests (and even rescue team operators) from delivering sermons, no doubt angering many families of victims too. Politicians who take one-sided actions like Bloomberg's staff did should be kept far away from the proceedings.
Over his years as mayor and chairman of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, Bloomberg has sometimes tangled with victims' relatives, religious leaders and other elected officials over an event steeped in symbolism and emotion. But his administration has largely succeeded at its goal of keeping the commemoration centered on the attacks' victims and their families and relatively free of political image-making.
And despite what the AP says, mistreating Judeo-Christian advocates is very much a politicized act, and a very disrespectful one at that. Because of Bloomberg's dhimmitude, that's just why political interference had to be downplayed.