9/11 Roundup, With My Own Conclusion
Nationally, I enjoyed this tribute to John W. Perry, a cop killed at the towers:
Perry was at a police station near ground zero filling his retirement papers when he first heard news that a plane had hit one of the Trade Center towers. He immediately asked for his badge back, ran into an old captain on his way to the towers, and the two of them began assisting in evaucating the building. One report I read indicated he was the only off-duty officer killed on September 11. Perry was apparently assisting a woman who had fainted when the south tower collapsed. That’s the last time he was seen alive.
Because I hate the attitude that drove the terrorists – “you offend my God, therefore you must be punished” – I wholeheartedly support Andrew Sullivan’s series of posts yesterday. Here is his initial request:
No speeches or sermons or recollections from me today. Just a stream of posts designed to show what al Qaeda and the Islamo-fascists have not yet destroyed: our freedom as Westerners. Today’s blog is dedicated to showing Osama, Zawahiri, Nasrallah, Ahmadinejad and all the Islamist murderers and tyrants what they hate: evidence of resistance and of freedom – from the West, from moderate Muslims, from Jews, from women, from gays, and from all who seek freedom against theocratic tyranny. If you have a link, an item, a photo or a YouTube guaranteed to offend Islamist theocrats, please send them to me, and I’ll post. Check in throughout the day for images and words that will gall Islamists everywhere, quotes that reveal tenacity and lack of fear, videos that expose the failure of the medieval bigots who struck five years ago, tributes to people who have stood up to these bullies and who have shown that we have not submitted yet; and never will.
Start with that one and work your way forward; it is great.
But 9/11 does not mean all Muslims are evil. Listen to this NPR series on Muslims in America. Nor is the wickedness of 9/11 limited to one religion. Ed Brayton reminds us that, sadly, some Christians also subscribe to the philosophy of the 9/11 attacks:
Today is, of course, the 5th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centers. While we are remembering how that day made us feel – and it’s a day etched in my memory in extraordinary detail – let us also keep in mind that some of the most influential religious right leaders immediately tried to put the blame on everyone they hate. Here’s Jerry Falwell on the 700 Club speaking to Pat Robertson on September 13th:
And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way – all of them who have tried to secularize America – I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”
5 years later, I still get mad as hell at the thought of that self-righteous son of a bitch shoveling out that irrational drivel to his ignorant followers. And it makes me equally angry to see Pat Robertson’s response:
Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.
Apparently it never occured to these two breathless demagogues that the people who bombed those towers are on their side in their hatred of homosexuals and feminists and pagans.
How ironic that while these two morons were somewhere safely watching the television in air conditioned rooms far from the hell of the attacks, and while doing so thinking about how to use the deaths of innocent people as ammunition in their culture war, the first recorded victim of 9/11 was a gay priest who was killed by debris in one of the towers while administering last rites to a fireman. Fr. Mychal Judge:
Read about him, stare at that picture for a while. Think about it. According to Falwell and Robertson, this priest is why the terrorists attacked. God was mad at him for being gay, and so he killed over 3,000 people. And all we should do is beg forgiveness for allowing people like Fr. Mychal Judge to exist. That is the God of Robertson, Falwell and the terrorists.
Does that make any sense? Should it? Do you want that to be right? Based on nothing other than what you have read in this post, who would trust more to speak about God, Fr. Mychal Judge? Or Jerry Falwell?
Whatever. I see God through faith. I see, hear, touch, feel and smell the world every day. Whatever God may think, the one thing seared into my soul by 9/11 is that the world would be a whole lot better place with more people like Fr. Mychal Judge and less people like Pat Robertson and the barbarians flying those planes. As for life after this world, the terrorist thought they were going to heaven, while Robertson and his kind say fags go to hell. If that’s really where each of these people ended up, I hope to go to hell. Terminology doesn’t matter, reality does.