Clergy Left Out of 9/11 Ceremony?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Left Off the List

Some religious leaders are upset that clergy will not play a role in next month's 9/11 anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero, that President Obama will attend.

The Wall Street Journal reports the man who organized a large interfaith service shortly after the attacks sees the exclusion as a sign America has lost its way.

Quote -- "To have a memorial service where there's no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me."

City Hall officials confirm spiritual leaders will not participate this year and point out that is consistent with the prior 9/11 anniversary observances.

Pistol Whipped

Students in London who qualify for a free ticket to an Olympic event next summer, reportedly will not be able to see sports involving guns.

The London Evening Standard reports, Olympic organizers and City Hall feared a backlash from the anti-gun lobby.

But the British Shooting Sports Council says -- quote -- "There is no link between Olympic-level shooting and crime. It's like saying that a thief would use a Formula One car as a getaway car."

And another shooting advocate points out -- quote -- "Children can see far worse on their TV screens."

I Choose Not to Run

Finally, this is not a Fox news alert.

But Levi Johnston has decided against running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. He was said to be considering that run.

But, the father of Sarah Palin's grandson says he does not want to turn the office into a joke.

His manager says Johnston also wants to focus on promoting his new book. Explaining -- quote -- "He is not going to run right now because there are a lot of issues that he would need to study up on."

Johnston dropped out of high school shortly after it was announced that he and Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol were expecting a child.