Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Shame of Michael Bloomberg

The Shame of Michael Bloomberg


I had to wait an entire 24 hours before I begin writing this. As most of you are aware Mayor Bloomberg has sparked controversy yet again. First was Emergency workers and first responders who helped with the rescue and recovery efforts that day were not invited to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Event. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed the day will be only for the families of those lost in the attacks. Mayor Bloomberg will be in attendance at the event, as well as former President George W. Bush, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and President Barack Obama. How can this man deny those hero’s who worked so hard and at such risk to themselves to try and save people admittance? Is this right? I say it is absolutely wrong!

Then in attempt to top that he has now denied the involvement of Clergy in the Memorial Service. This from the man who strongly advocates for the 9/11 Mosque. Mayor Bloomberg won’t stop talking about the mosque near Ground Zero, harshly attacking opponents yesterday who “ought to be ashamed of themselves.” Sounding more supportive of freedom of religion than freedom of speech, Bloomberg said, "I just don't think the government should tell people where they can pray and where they can build houses of worship. "It is a shame that we even have to talk about this," the mayor added on his WOR radio broadcast.

Below are some excerpts from Bloomberg’s speech on the 9/11 Mosque:

"This morning, the City's Landmark Preservation Commission unanimously voted not to extend landmark status to the building on Park Place where the mosque and community center are planned. The decision was based solely on the fact that there was little architectural significance to the building. But with or without landmark designation, there is nothing in the law that would prevent the owners from opening a mosque within the existing building. The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship.

"The government has no right whatsoever to deny that right – and if it were tried, the courts would almost certainly strike it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here. This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions, or favor one over another.

"The World Trade Center Site will forever hold a special place in our City, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves – and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans – if we said 'no' to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.

"Let us not forget that Muslims were among those murdered on 9/11 and that our Muslim neighbors grieved with us as New Yorkers and as Americans. We would betray our values – and play into our enemies' hands – if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists – and we should not stand for that.

"For that reason, I believe that this is an important test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime – as important a test – and it is critically important that we get it right. "On September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked 'What God do you pray to?' 'What beliefs do you hold?'

"The local community board in Lower Manhattan voted overwhelming to support the proposal and if it moves forward, I expect the community center and mosque will add to the life and vitality of the neighborhood and the entire City.

"Political controversies come and go, but our values and our traditions endure – and there is no neighborhood in this City that is off limits to God's love and mercy, as the religious leaders here with us today can attest."


When I read the excerpts above from the Mayor’s speech, it seems to me he is contradicting everything in this speech by denying The Clergy, and by denying the First Responders.
Why is the Mayor standing so strongly in favor of building the 9/11 Mosque, yet denying the Clergy from the Memorial Event? Could the following have anything to do with it?
On October 2, 2009, The Dubai Chronicle reported Chairman and President of Bloomberg LP Peter T. Grauer met with UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at Maktoum’s Emirate office. According to the Dubai Chronicle, Grauer gave a presentation of Bloomberg future expansion plans in the ‘area of business information’ in the United Emirates, North Africa, and India. Grauer stated the UAE was a great place to expand, the UAE’s “logistic facilities” the ‘biggest incentive for investors and companies to expand their businesses in the country and the region beyond’. “Particularly since the meltdown of the western capitalist system, there has been an increasingly large focus on the virtues of Islamic finance. Today, there is no one single provider of information that caters to the Islamic finance market. So by Bloomberg being here, we are in the process of building out an Islamic finance product. We are very confident that we can build a product that meets the needs of the market right now.”

–Max Linnington, Regional Head of Bloomberg Middle East and South Asia on the company’s plan to build a Bloomberg hub in Dubai at the Dubai International Financial Centre(DIFC), October 29, 2009

Bloomberg stands to make billions, not millions, billions from his business with these Muslim countries. Could that have anything to do with his stance on the 9/11 Mosque or his decision on denying the Clergy from the Tenth Anniversary?

I am usually not someone who suggests boycotts, its never really been my thing. In this instance however I might be open to a boycott of any business Bloomberg owns a large percentage of. Obviously he really cares about his money, perhaps a boycott would get his attention.
I only know that as a member of The Clergy, as a former EMT, a former Police Officer, and an American, I am ashamed of Michael Bloomberg.

1 comment:

  1. I Wonder if his desk in his office is so close to the ground that he is used to sitting like this?