What can I say about the terrorist attack against the United States that has not already been said? Can my words express the horror any more vividly than all the news clips have shown? Can I convey something that can bring solace and clarity to the victims of zealots directed by madmen? What words shared could wipe the look of confusion, pain and shock from the face of a nation?
A small group of madmen have turned a religious extremist movement into a lethal weapon. What could be more deadly than an unlimited supply of individuals who have a burning religious belief and who consider human life to be of no value? On first thought … so foreign and difficult to understand. But as the shock wears off … how familiar.
In the first hours after the attack, everyone came together to aid each other … no matter what race, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. No one asked for qualifications; help was offered and accepted to whoever was in need. Stories of less able individuals being carried out to safety abound, renewing our faith in each other’s innate goodness. Everyone came together for the good of all … for the first week.
Who are the religious extremists?
In response to the attack, Congress broke into the first verse of God Bless America during Tuesday’s session. Then God Bless Americareplaced our national anthem at official gatherings and events. President Bush’s speeches included lines of “God bless us.” First Lady Laura Bush gave a speech that included instructions to parents to reassure their children that “God will watch over us.” Now Congress-critters are tossing in prayers with their press releases as well.
Jerry Falwell: “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.'”
President Bush was quick to distance himself from Falwell [as well as Robertson and Dobson] as he [and the other] religious-political leaders used the terrorist attack to further their ambitious goals. When scolded by the press and president, all were quick to offer apologies, though when examined closely, the apologies were all lacking in sincerity and did not address the offensiveness of the statements.
Though the United States Constitution does not allow for a national religion … and in fact bars the establishment of same … our leaders are proselytizing in almost every speech and declaration made to the public today.
So, [in sub-text] we have declared [a holy] war against those who have attacked us, as well as those who harbor or assist them. We are pitting the strength of our Judeo-Christian God against their Islamic Allah. President Bush is going to lead the [Christian] Crusade against their [Islamic] Jihad.
Perhaps we should all begin to pray to [the deity of your choice] to protect us from all of the faithful …
Until next time…