Nine years ago

May we never forget what happened nine years ago today.  Last night we watched an hour long special about the 9/11 tragedy and specifically about two men who helped each other survive the disaster.  They were both in the south tower of the World Trade Center and both managed through the grace of God to escape.  I was in tears by the end of the hour long show, UNinterrupted by any commercials.  I relived those moments, those horrifying moments that none of us alive will EVER forget.  This year, the sadness related to the recollection of those days is mingled with a political slant.   As we all know, a mosque is slated to be erected within two blocks of the former World Trade Center site.  Do I believe in freedom of religion?  Yes, of course.  Does Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf have the right to erect his mosque at a building that was damaged during the attacks on America and indeed is within two blocks of ‘ground zero’?  Yes, he does.   Did Pastor Terry Jones have the right to burn a Koran or two?  Yes.  Should he burn the Koran, knowing it will adversely affect the sensibilites of millions of Muslims? No.  So… knowing that it is adversely affecting the sensibilites of millions of Americans, should Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf continue his plan to build the mosque?  No.  Pretty simple, really.   To me, it’s all about respect.

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