Relationship Between Government and Religion Complex in NYC

August 31, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On August 31, 2003 The New York Times reported on religious diversity in New York City in connection with Mayor Bloomberg's visit to Israel the previous week. The article stated, "the relationship between mayors of New York City and religion is complicated. It often seems inseparable from politics. And it cannot escape the demands of an urban caldron of faiths, where mammon sometimes appears to be the most obvious god. As for New Yorkers, they do not seem to want strict churchgoing or shul-going leaders (or maybe, someday, even strict mosque-going leaders.) Too much of one religion alienates other groups. But not enough religion bothers everyone. Ignore the rebbe or the cardinal or the prominent black ministers at your peril."